The Paris Apartment By Lucy Foley
Book/Novel Author: Lucy Foley
Book/Novel Title: The Paris Apartment
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER”As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit.” — Parade”Exceedingly clever.” — BooklistFrom 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 conciergeEveryone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.
I was hooked from the first chapter. This is the first book I’ve ever read that’s set in Paris, and I loved Paris when I visited, so I very much enjoyed the descriptions of Paris, transporting me back to the delicious pastries and gorgeous architecture. The whole mystery plot was enthralling and kept me reading to the very end. I couldn’t guess what the ending would be. But two things, what happened to Ben’s cat and did Jess wind up with Theo? I guess we’ll never know.
The Paris apartment is a gripping novel about murder, love, and dysfunctional families. I couldn’t put this book down and found the ending very satisfying. The characters are fleshed out beautifully and the storyline moves at a quick, thrilling pace. I am very surprised by the 1 and 2 star reviews as this is a very enjoyable murder mystery. Lucy Foley doesn’t disappoint with this one.
I really liked the other two books by Lucy Foley that I read. This book is written in a similar style, which I find different but very appealing. Nice twist at the end, did not see that coming.
I love Lucy Foley books. I am always surprised at the twist at the end. By now I have read enough of her books to know the twist is coming but I can never figure out what it will be. I highly recommend all her books.
This book was heading for a 2-2.5 star rating until a certain revelation in the plot happened. I’m all for building suspense and this book was successful in that aspect; however, the pacing of this book was SLOW. A snail’s pace slow. If you pick this book up, prepare to be in it for the long haul. As much as the story was thrilling, I needed something in the middle of the novel to keep the momentum going. The beginning of the novel hooked me but somewhere along the way, I needed more. The ending and final quarter of this novel made up for it but I wish I had that excitement and anticipation for the majority of the book instead of just at the end. I understand the necessity of creating a backstory and having that development but there was something missing from the middle of this novel to keep this story from being a great read.
I was really looking forward to reading the Paris Apartment. After reading both the Hunting Party and the Guest List, I was so excited to read this, but it was so… blah. Did I read it in four days? Yes. Was it ridiculously predictable? Not entirely. Was it good? No. There was something missing in this book. It just didn’t have the same star quality of the Guest List, or the Hunting Party. I am left needing more.