Good Reads Challenge Book Review: The Paris Apartment
“It’s not about where you came from. What kind of shit might have happened to you in the past. It’s about who you are. What you do with the opportunities life presents to you.” — Lucy Foley, The Paris Apartment
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Today I’m reviewing …The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. After this week, I’ll be all caught up on past book reviews, and the only remaining are the books I’m reading to finish out 2023.
Title | The Paris Apartment
Author | Lucy Foley
Format | Audiobook
Pages | 360
Published | February, 2022
Genre | Mystery, Thriller
GR Rating | 3.68
Purchase | Amazon
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.
My Rating (4.00)
Murder, salacious behavior, and a family scandal, yes, it’s a Lucy Foley novel. The Paris Apartment is another novel with characters you’ll love, hate, and downright feel sorry for.
Jess, our protagonist, is looking for a new start to escape some trouble in London. She arrives in Paris to stay with her brother Ben until she can get back on her feet. However, she arrives at a cold reception. Ben is nowhere to be found, and Jess slips into the building, where no one would allow her entrance.
Quote from The Paris Apartment
“But that’s what being poor does to you; it shortens your childhood. It hardens your ambition.”
The building has few residents, and Jess wonders how Ben (a journalist) can afford this place. Jess continues to ask for and search for Ben, but when she checks with the few tenants in the building, they all claim that they haven’t seen him.
As Jess continues to search for Ben, she checks his apartment only to find secret passageways and journals that he kept, and she becomes suspicious that the residents know more than what they let on. As Jess connects with one of Ben’s colleagues to find out what has happened to her brother, she finds something more sinister is afoot.
Quote from The Paris Apartment
“There’s this expression in French. Être bien dans sa peau. To feel good in your own skin.”
How do a scandalous family, a sex club, and bribery all fit into this little mystery? Like you can never imagine. This novel will have you guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this read by Lucy Foley; she doesn’t disappoint.
My Good Reads Progress
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