Book Review: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 364 pages

Published:  February 22, 2022 (UK: March 3, 2022)

Publisher: William Morrow (UK: HarperCollins UK)

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Fiction, Contemporary Fiction


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.

What can I say? Lucy Foley has graced readers with another thriller that keeps mystery fans on the edge of their seats. Come with me as we enter The Paris Apartment

Jess decides abruptly to visit her half-brother, Ben, in Paris after leaving her job in the UK under less than ideal circumstances. Only when she shows up at his lovely apartment does she discover that he is missing and not answering his phone. Jess starts digging into the disappearance. But as time goes on, she starts to question if something is more sinister is going on, especially when Jess encounter Ben’s strange and unfriendly neighbors…and they are all hiding something. 

Foley has brought readers another exciting thriller that is, of course, filled with twists and turns. This one is a little different but still has the same Foley formula. The storyline is told from different perspectives. However, most of the time, it’s said during the present time, with a mixture of the past. There’s an equal balance of the two. However, this is not as fast-paced as The Hunting Party and The Guest List. Also, many social conscious issues may deter readers, but I honestly thought it added to the story’s realism. 

However, these minor issues (and I do mean minor) should not stop you from picking this latest thriller up. Every title Foley puts out shows that she has innovative tricks and twists up her sleeve that will entertain readers from beginning to end. You will be left enthralled by the curveballs thrown at you.

Once you enter The Paris Apartment, you will suddenly find your visit enthralled with dark secrets, deception, and an intricately plotted storyline that will make your visit to this housing complex one you will never forget.  

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Published by karma2015

I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

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