Happy Thursday everyone! I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Catherine Cooper’s The Chateau to A Knight’s Reads today.
Massive thanks to the lovely Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Harper Fiction for my advanced e-copy of The Chateau which I received through Netgalley. I also purchased a kindle copy.
They thought it was perfect. They were wrong…
A glamorous chateau
Aura and Nick don’t talk about what happened in England. They’ve bought a chateau in France to make a fresh start, and their kids need them to stay together – whatever it costs.
A couple on the brink
The expat community is welcoming, but when a neighbour is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don’t know who to trust.
A secret that is bound to come out…
Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve.
What Did I Think?
What happens at the Chateau stays at the Chateau right? In such a small community in rural France, everyone has secrets whether they’re skeletons in the historical cupboard or more present day ones… the question is, will those secrets be exposed for all to see?
The Chateau has a very regal and atmospheric Halloween opening, ending in tragedy before the clock is rewound a couple of months to Aura and Nick’s a la France. This instantly captured my attention and had me hooked for a 24 hour rollercoaster.
As I followed the couple’s first few months in amongst the ex-pat community, I kept flicking back to my first encounter in the book, that Halloween party. So when the end of October arrived I sat with baited breath. Who had met their untimely demise at such a fun family friendly occasion?!
Intertwined with the time in France are snippets of Aura and Nick’s life in England. This life that they gave up for a move to the continent. And what a life it was, no wonder they upped sticks! but you need to read the book to find out why!!!
I loved my trip to The Chateau. Cooper has written an addictive twisted tale that caught me unawares. I felt I was there in the midst of the renovation, learning my own way through the upheaval with a young child. And oh that climax! Just as I thought I couldn’t be surprised more, 🥊 🥊 Cooper throws a hook and an upper cut in quick succession to leave me stunned into submission 😱👏🏻😱👏🏻😱👏🏻
Who Is Catherine Cooper?
Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist writing for many national newspapers and magazines, specialising in travel. She also makes regular appearances as a talking head on daytime TV. She lives in France with her husband and two teenage children.
Her debut thriller The Chalet was a top five Sunday Times bestseller and spent three weeks in the Kindle top 100. The Chateau is her second novel.