Mystery, suspense and romance are all rolled into the beautiful setting of rural France in Sarah Ridout’s debut novel, Le Chateau.

An indication of a good book is the memorability of its characters and I haven’t stopped thinking about Charlotte and Henri since I first read Le Chateau a few months ago.

Australian expatriate, Charlotte de Chastenet wakes from a coma to learn she’s been in an accident. Nobody will tell her about the accident and she doesn’t remember her handsome husband Henri, their little daughter Ada or their imposing chateau set amongst a vineyard. Charlotte knows there is something terribly wrong in the family’s chateau and struggles to regain her memory against a backdrop of deceit. Should she trust her too-perfect husband, her good-looking neighbour Ryan, her kindly mother-in-law or her childhood friend Susannah?

I read Le Chateau in two days and loved it. Congratulations Sarah Ridout on a compelling, beautifully written romance. Le Chateau will appeal to lovers of mystery, women’s literature, contemporary fiction and romance. A fine read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Echo Publishing for an advance copy of Le Chateau in exchange for an honest review. However, I loved this book so much I bought my own paperback for rereads!

To find out more about Henri, click here to read our interview in my Men I Have Loved series.