Thursday, March 03, 2022

#BookReview: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Listcomes 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.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: 
TW: domestic abuse 

DNF @ 27% 

The rapid switching between what feels like an endless list of side characters would not be too much of a whiplash if I did not have the secondary characters recapping what I had just read from the main POV. Through the little more of a quarter of this story I can sufficiently deduce that nothing happens. Like someone put out the stories fire before it was even lit. I am a massive fan of Lucy Foley’s other work as I adored the Guest List. However, even though this was my most anticipated release for the first half of 2022, I was left with disappointment, and a slight headache. 

An Amazon Best Book of February 2022: Lucy Foley follows up 2020’s excellent The Guest List by transporting readers to Paris for another unsettling tale. Out of a job and broke, Jess opts for free bed and board at her half-brother Ben’s Paris apartment. Except when she arrives, Ben is nowhere to be found though he doesn’t appear to have left the building. Able to get into his (suspiciously) upscale apartment, Jess is keenly aware that the building’s other residents aren’t exactly thrilled by her presence. Foley specializes in clever takes on closed circle mysteries and in The Paris Apartment, the list of suspects in Ben’s disappearance is confined to the residents of the building—from the concierge to an elderly woman—though the building itself may be guarding secrets, too. A slow-burn thriller with a dark, glowering plot, The Paris Apartment is another serving of escapism which takes a turn that will leave readers breathless. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor


"The streets of Paris have never looked darker, more opulent, or more sinister than in Lucy Foley's gloriously twisty new novel." -- Ruth Ware

“Extremely evocative, with a richly-drawn atmosphere you can cut with a knife. Short of a trip to Paris, the next best thing is surely to settle down with a bottle of French wine and devour The Paris Apartment. The mystery revolves around an exclusive Paris apartment building, and Jess, our hugely likeable heroine, searching for her brother, who is missing from his apartment. The other tenants all have secrets to hide, and twist follows twist until you don’t know who to trust -- or suspect. Stylish, suspenseful, claustrophobic and menacing... Lucy Foley just keeps getting better and better. More, please!” -- Alex Michealides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

The Paris Apartment is a charged, charming thriller that'll have us all eyeing the neighbors a bit skeptically, no matter where it is we live.” -- Town & Country

"If you binged Only Murders in the Building, then this book sounds like it may be right up your alley.” -- Buzzfeed

"As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade

 "Another well-paced, suspenseful locked-room mystery with shifting points of view.” -- Library Journal

“Will keep you guessing until the very end. …This whodunnit will have you saying, ‘Oh mon Dieu!’” -- E! Online

“An enticing Parisian locked room mystery with enough twists and turns to keep even the most seasoned of thriller fans guessing.” -- Popsugar

“Another glamorous mystery with a sprawling, secretive cast—namely, the inhabitants of the titular apartment complex.” -- BookPage

"Super-twisty." -- Cosmopolitan

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