Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc of The Paris Apartment in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants
A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a narrative to unlock.
The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest
There was a homicide here final night.
A mystery lies Bum the door of apartment three.
Who holds the key?
The Paris Apartment is a brilliant, pacey read filled with a plethora of intriguing characters and a wonderful backdrop.
The novel begins with a prologue from Ben, which gets you hooked from the outset. A chapter from Jess follows, as you begin to follow her amateur detective attempts to locate half-brother Ben. It then cycles through with chapters from Sophie, Mimi, Nick and the Concierge. The characters all live in the apartment block, so you hear from each resident. I liked this ‘small town’ dynamic and it felt like a really original ‘locked room’ delivery.
You gain a thorough insight in to each character, their lives and their past through the first person perspective chapters. As with other Lucy Foley novels, the multiple characters make the story and you feel like you’re very central, in the thick of it and truly a part of what’s going on.
The history of Ben’s arrival, his interactions with all the neighbours and the memories up until his disappearance were fascinating. The tit bits of information drip fed through the past kept me interested and I flew through the book keen to know the outcome!
A tangled web of secrets, lies and deceit are wrapped up in the apartment block, which is a really unique, yet plausible setting. The comings and goings, the mystery and the intrigue revolve around the people within it’s walls. It’s extremely easy to assume all of the detail, situations and occurrences due to Foley’s wonderful descriptions and eye for detail.
There are numerous interspersed French phrases and words correct through the novels pages. As well as being a test for me on my somewhat rusty limited French, it was a really nice touch and made the location feel more authentic. The words also serve as a reminder of the whereabouts, just incase you forget!
Every time you think you’ve got something figured out, you realise you haven’t. It’s a fixed chasing of clues, following the snippets of information and attempting to understand what’s going on. A breadcrumb trail at it’s finest and a total whirlwind in true Lucy Foley style. It might just be my favourite book yet!
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Until next time,