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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley - Review

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Thank you very much to Harper Collins for giving me permission to read this book. It will be publised in March 2022. I was given a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes but was not otherwise compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've enjoyed the other two Lucy Foley books that I've read - The Guest List and The Hunting Party - so I was eager to read this one. It's quite different in tone, though, to the others. For one thing, I didn't utterly dislike all the characters! For another, there's fewer irritating posh people. I do like Lucy's writing and will definitely read what she writes next!

At the beginning of the book Jess arrives from England to visit her brother Ben. He is living in an apartment block in Paris, but when she arrives he isn't there. There's a furore with two people also living in the block, Antoine and his wife, and Jess tries to not get involved but does see the code to get into the complex, so she can get into Ben's apartment. He isn't there, and Jess tries to unravel what has happened to him.

I'm not entirely sure who lives on what floor, as I'm not writing this review straight after finishing the book, sorry, but there's Antoine and his wife (Dominique, I think), then Mimi and her friend Camille, Nick, Ben, and then in the penthouse there's Sophie and Jacques, who are very rich. Mimi is a somewhat shy teenager; Camille is much wilder and is determined to drag Mimi astray with her. Nick is Ben's friend from university. Sophie looks like the perfect Parisian rich lady, but she's hiding secrets and is being blackmailed. Then there's also the kind of doorwoman, who lives in a tiny shack in the complex's garden. 

There are plenty of twists and turns as you'd expect. A couple I caught but the main twist totally blindsided me, which I really liked. I liked Jess and wanted her to succeed, and I liked how the mystery unravelled. I'm giving this four out of five. 

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