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Bright and Deadly Things (Hardcover)
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A remote back-to-basics mountaintop retreat in the French Alps turns deadly as an Oxford fellow finds herself in the crosshairs of her late husband’s dangerous secrets.
The Chalet des Anglais should be the ideal locale for recently-widowed Oxford don Emily to begin cutting through the fog of her grief. With no electricity, running water, or access by car, the rustic chalet nestled at the foot of the verdant, snow-topped Alps should afford Emily both time and space to heal. Joining her will be a collection of friends from the university, as well as other fellows, graduates, and undergraduates.
Something feels off, though—heightening Emily’s existing grief-induced anxiety. Before even making it to the airport, she’s unnerved by a break-in at her home. Once at the chalet, tension amongst the guests is palpable. Her friends and colleagues are behaving oddly, and competition for a newly opened position has introduced a streak of meanness into the otherwise relaxing getaway. As hostilities grow, Emily begins to wonder if the chalet’s dark history has cast a shadow over the retreat. In the salon, a curious grandfather clock looms, the only piece of furniture to survive a deadly blaze a century ago. As its discordant bell begins to invade everyone’s dreams, someone very real has been searching through Emily’s things and attempting to hack into her computer.
When a student disappears, Emily realizes that she’d better separate friend from foe, and real from imagined—or the next disappearance may be her own.
About the Author
Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University, where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.
"An atmospheric page-turner set in the French Alps that will have you on the edge of your seat. An Oxford University reading party held at a remote chalet with no electricity or access by car turns deadly. Compelling and ingeniously plotted, Bright and Deadly Things is a stunning tale of intrigue and betrayal."--Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
“Bright and Deadly Things features a special kind of psychological horror that’s just as terrifying in the dark of night as it is in the light of day, akin to Ari Aster’s 2019 film “Midsommar.” Both are mainly set in a secluded, halcyon environment with a host of young academics and competing interests, peeling back reality and shaving away at the audience’s touchstones to analyze psychology and human behavior.”--AP News
“Chalet-based thrillers combine the luxury of a getaway with the vulnerability of being out of one’s element; I can’t wait to see what happens when the chalet’s creepy clock strikes the next hour.”--Paste Magazine
“A chilling, nuanced thriller that ably explores the heights and depths of grief, friendship and greed.”--The News Courier
“Great characterization and atmosphere."--Mystery and Suspense
Additional Praise for Lexie Elliott
"An intricate, twisting story... a suspicious death is only one of the secrets among a group of old friends on an isolated island."--Shelf Awareness
“Utterly unnerving and completely engrossing.”--PopSugar
“Elliott makes her characters feel like real people. Fans of Lucy Foley’s The Guest List will be compulsively turning pages.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Slyly escalating head games that will make you think twice about booking that next getaway.”―Kirkus Reviews
“[A] whip-smart tale packed with serpentine twists, simmering resentments, and terrifying surprises. Not only will you want to skip the midnight swim, you may never look at your BFF the same way again.”—Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night
"Begins with a Gothic hint that rapidly segues into a suspenseful thriller with a breathless twist of denouement."--New York Journal of Books
"This manages to be both uncannily creepy and grounded in the true horror of human evil."--The Guardian
"The French Girl commands attention. The author provides the perfect dose of character development before unveiling eerie details from her cast's past, ensuring that we're properly unnerved when their lives begin to unravel."--The Associated Press
"A gripping mystery that delves into the past and the darker side of friendships, this book will have you questioning everything you think you know."--New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda
"You shouldn't have any trouble picking up Lexie Elliott's debut novel, The French Girl. It comes with a warning, though, because you will definitely have trouble putting it down."--Richmond Times-Dispatch