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The Chateau

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The Chateau in one word: engrossing.
Full of twists and told from different point of views which give it way more depth then other books in this genre. Fantastic read.
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A strong follow up to The Chalet which I also loved. Set in France (doh!) it’s about expats and secrets and of course murder! Told from different people’s views which I adore because it gives so much depth and suspense. Go buy it!
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The Chateau was an intriguing read with even more interesting characters and so many twists that I haven’t seen coming my way at all. I loved that while there were many characters to be introduced throughout the story, it still felt easy to get into it and keep up with the main plot. 
Very unpredictable story overall and a must read one for many readers that enjoy mystery with lots of turns
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A glamorous chateau. A couple on the brink. A secret that is bound to come out. Aura and Nick don't talk about what happened in England. Their chateau in France was their fresh start. The expat community welcomed them at first, but when a neighbor is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don't know who to trust. Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve.


This was my first of Cooper’s reads but definitely won’t be my last! Creepy and atmospheric, this was a cleverly plotted book split into three parts— the UK, France and the way they link together in the present, all told through multiple POV’s. 

The characters felt genuine and real (albeit loathsome but this only added to the palpable tension felt throughout) and the twists had you constantly questioning who to trust. Even the chateau itself appeared to have a human presence and became a character of its own. I really liked the aspect of their hired help Helen, which reminded me of my own au pair experience abroad and how scary it must be for families to put all their trust in a new stranger to look after their children. 

I did guess one major part of the plot almost as soon as the character was introduced, but this didn’t take away from the narrative— I still would never have guessed the reasoning behind the motive! I felt the amount of a certain thing happening (no spoilers, sorry for the mystery) was slightly unbelievable and at points the plot felt far fetched but overall this was such an intriguing, engrossing, super quick read that I flew through within a day and would highly recommend picking up if you enjoy multiple POV thrillers with slowly revealed pasts.

Thank you to Harper Collins UK and Catherine Cooper for this advanced digital copy in return for my honest opinions. 

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After a scandal in London, Nick and Aura decide to move to France and buy a Chateau to renovate. A fresh start with their two young boys. 
When they attend a party at another expats Chateau where someone is murdered, things start to spiral out of control.
I thought I had this book figured out until it completely changed about a quarter of the way in to the story. I loved that we got to hear both sides of Nick and Aura's perception of their marriage along with meeting a whole host of interesting characters. I never saw the shocking twist coming! Excellent.
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I was expecting so much more from this one but unfortunately Iit did not live up to my expectations. The story started okay but I felt that it quickly fell flat.  Not for me.
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Having read The Chalet, I was excited to read this new book by Catherine Cooper, The Chateau. Set in both France and London, this is a fast paced psychological thriller which had some excellent twists and featured lots of deaths! 
With grateful thanks to Netgalley, HarperCollins and Catherine Cooper for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a good read but I enjoyed the back story more than the main story. It was an easy read with some twists and turns especially at the end. Definitely worth a read especially if you have read her previous book, The Chalet. 

Thank you Harper Collins and Netgalley.
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This is most definitely a 50/50 book and review for me. Part of me loved it, part of me didn't. 

Whilst it was completely implausible it was also completely gripping.

There were a whole host of unlikeable,  unrelatable characters that at times made me cringe inwardly and whilst usually having characters that unrelatable totally puts me off for some reason it made it all the more readable and interesting. 

I loved the background feeling of creepiness, the unsettling aura just added to the unease of the story and the setting in France was just the perfect backdrop for the whole storyline. 

As expected after reading The Chalet, the whole execution of the characters and plot were amazing. The twists were superb and mostly unexpected and the pace was spot on.

I'll admit if it wasn't for the truly unlikeable characters it would have been a 4* but I've promised to review with honesty so it's going to have to be a 3*

Many thanks to netgalley and Harper Collins UK for the ARC.
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I just admit I was originally out off by the cover I thought it would not grip me but I couldn’t have been more wrong! Great story set in a French skiing resort. Everyone has secrets and a great twist!!
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I had heard great things about this book and was not disappointed when I read it.
It certainly was a page turner for me and I thoroughly recommend it.
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The Chateau centres around Aura and Nick making their new life in France renovating a chateau. There's a lot going on in the book that's been split into three parts. Nick and Aura don't have the perfect marriage by any means and their two small children are parented very differently by each parent.
The book focuses on a lot of different characters and at points I wasn't sure why those characters were there. The ending did tie up nicely, with a good twist, but I felt that perhaps the middle section of the book was fluffed a bit too much and taken away from the storyline.
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This was a really fun read and I finished it in a couple of sitting. The characters were not very likeable, but in an entertaining way.. The twist at the end was perhaps a bit of a stretch, but the author made it work.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK Fiction for the arc of The chateau by Catherine Cooper. 

4 stars-  Follows Aura and Nick who buys a gorgeous Chateau in France for a fresh start away from England in which they dont seem to like talking about? what really happened...?  The community has welcomed them but then a neighbour gets murdered.. they then have trust issues and dont know who they can or can not trust., They are hiding something but will someone find out what and will someone give them what they deserve.... 

utterly sensational, thrilling and hooking...
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What a way to start the year!!! The Chateau has everything I love in a thriller! First person perspective from multiple characters, a nonlinear timeline, and so many twists and turns that I’m left with my head totally spinning!!! I loved Cooper’s last novel, The Chalet, but this one beyond surpassed all of my expectations and hopes for her new thriller!
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This was a book that kept me guessing right until the end. There was a serious feeling foreboding throughout - Readers were under no illusion that everything in France was perfect. We were fed titbits of why the family had emigrated to France in the first place and this story unfolded alongside the France side. 

The story of Nick and Ella was actually rather refreshing - there were not the usual stereotypes involved.

I cannot say I liked any of the characters, but then again, I don't think we were supposed to. The character of Thea felt like she should have been featured more. Frank could have been involved more too.

The ending was a great twist - Really clever and didn't see it coming (Let's face it, I hardly ever see the endings coming!)
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Ria and Hugo have booked to go away but all doesn't go as planned.

Fantastic read and couldn't put it down.
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This was a fairly ok read and it kept my interest throughout.   I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
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3.5 stars

Aura and Nick have moved with their 2 young kids to the French countryside to renovate a chateau, quite a big project, but they needed to get away from London to get a fresh start.

They soon have a support network of expats they can rely on for support, especially Frank who has been helping them setting things up before they made the move, and Helen, who has come to help with the kids in exchange of accommodation and food.

Soon though, they realise they have a massive project ahead and Aura also gets tired of being filmed most of the time by a tv crew for a documentary. It is not long that Frank, a very much loved community member, is murdered at a party. But was he really the designated victim?

A book easy to binge read, with an interesting storyline told from different point of views. I found some things hard to believe, such as how a mom very attached to her kids would leave them with a stranger for the evening and felt some part of the story not really fully developed and could not really understand the point- such the first party held by Thea, not sure the point of it, or Frank being a perv..... Overall an enjoyable read though.
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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC copy.

After reading The Chalet by Catherine Cooper I knew I would be in for a full ride of secrets, lies, twists and turns with The Chateau.

Aura and Nick move to a chateau in rural France with their two small sons for their fresh start. Accompanied by a film crew they settle in well and start making new friends. The longer they stay the the more strange things happen. It seems someone is playing games with them. Could it be one of their new friends or has their past from London caught up with them?

Told from the present with the backstory dripped in I was hooked. I guessed where it was going but not who it was. Brilliant read.
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