Book Review: The Chateau by Catherine Cooper

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.

I loved Catherine Cooper’s debut novel, The Chalet so I was excited to see that she had another book out – this time its The Chateau as we follow our protagonists Nick and Aura while they attempt to move on from a mysterious ‘incident’ by moving to France to renovate a run down Chateau.

The story was very cleverly told with us following Nick and Aura as they get to grips with their new way of life and try to keep their two small boys, Sorrel and Bay occupied. Realising they need help they find Helen through a ‘helping hands’ programme and she helps out with the boys in exchange for food and lodgings. Nick and Aura are also being followed by a camera crew for a documentary programme which adds another level of tension to proceedings.

There is a lot to unpick as the novel goes on, Nick and Aura’s marriage seems to have some cracks, mysterious things keep happening in the Chateau and is their new neighbour really being helpful just because he wants to be nice?

As you learn more about the circumstances surrounding their move and their personalities I found myself ‘siding’ with either Nick or Aura in a changeable way. The reader is cleverly led through a serious of emotions with them before being given more information that changes the picture. I won’t tell you who I ultimately felt for because that would ruin the reading experience, although neither of then were shiny perfect people.

It’s hard to talk about anything in too much detail without giving things away but I will say that I didn’t manage to unpick everything that was going on before it was revealed.

Another hugely entertaining book from Catherine Cooper, an enjoyable read.

With thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for a digital review copy.

The Chateau will be published 31 August 2021

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