The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley #BookReview #MsyteryThriller #CrimeFiction #Suspense #PsychologicalThrillers — Rain’n’books
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Honestly, I have been a little hesitant to pick this book up, the reviews were so mixed, some loving it wholly and some finding it meh’ and I was doubtful where I would end up with the latest thriller from Lucy Foley.
Well, shouldn’t have been surprised, she had managed to hit the ball out of the park in both of her previous books so if anything could go wrong with this one it would have been my expectation. Lucy Foley brings forth another round of Agatha Christie magic, where random strangers are stuck in a closed room situation and murder is discovered. In The Paris Apartment, the characters are neighbors in a very posh and upscale apartment in Paris where our protagonist arrives like a cat amongst the pigeons. Her brother Ben is missing and the apartment complex with its quirky residents is giving off evil vibes and Jess becomes determined to stir the hornet’s nest and see what pops out.
Well, what can we say about families,
“Because blood is always thicker than water, in the end. Or as we say in French, la voix du sang est las plus forte, the voice of blood is the strongest”.The Paris Apartment, Lucy Foley
The story is classic Foley, with its varied characters each one having a multitude of shades and a closet full of secrets, and the story as it rolls forward evokes gasps, oohs, and aahs from its readers. Fair to say that for the first-time readers of the author, The Paris Apartment is gonna leave you will wide eyed, gasping for breath with all the reveals but for those who have read her before maybe not that much. I was impressed with the twists and turns in the story but not left with any breathless excitement as most of those aha moments I had already guessed at. The last quarter of the story was a brilliant and thrilling ride but I had expected a high adrenaline rush at the end which never came about.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…
Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up — to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? — he’s not there.
The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.
The socialite — The nice guy — The alcoholic — The girl on the verge — The concierge
Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.