The Chateau by Jaclyn Goldis

The Chateau by Jaclyn Goldis is a twisty and suspenseful novel set in the French countryside of Provence.


Séraphine Demargelasse has invited her granddaughter Darcy and her three friends to her family chateau. Twenty years ago, the four women used to visit Séraphine regularly while they were studying abroad. Now, they’re all in their forties and dealing with various personal issues, but head to France to learn why Séraphine has summoned them.

She has something to tell them, but after a night of partying, one of the girls finds Séraphine brutally murdered in her bed. Suddenly, the girls realize they don’t trust each other as much as they thought. They begin to be suspicious of one another, especially when a creepy Instagram account starts posting pictures of them with ominous captions.

Review of The Chateau by Jaclyn Goldis

This suspenseful thriller follows multiple perspectives. It touches on different topics, including antisemitism, infertility, class, queer relationships, and art.

The writing is slightly repetitive. In the beginning, the same bits get regurgitated with each pov. And there is not much distinction between each character’s voice. They all sound similar, even with their distinct descriptions.

Despite those issues, I still gobbled up this story. The French countryside, the secrets, and the themes all created an intriguing atmosphere that kept me glued to the pages.

I’ll definitely keep an eye out for future books by this author.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 23 May 2023

Thank you to Atria Books for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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