If you loved The Guest List, you’ll certainly want to check out The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. This conspiracy thriller will leave you guessing until the end.
Don’t you just love it when you get a conspiracy thriller that you just can’t put down? Lucy Foley is one of those authors to look out for. She certainly proved it with The Guest List, and she hasn’t let us down with The Paris Apartment.
The novel came out in March 2022. It’s another quick and enjoyable read, taking us on another mystery. The biggest question: What happened to Jess’s brother, Ben?
What is The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley about?
The Paris Apartment follows a group of individuals in one French apartment complex. They all have secrets to hide, and they are all connected in some sort of way. Jess only wanted a fresh start when she ran in trouble at home, but she ends up finding herself mixed in more trouble.
She heads to Paris to stay with her brother, a journalist living in the apartment building. When she gets there, he’s gone missing, and none of the neighbors want to talk to her. What is going on, and what has happened to her brother? That’s the mystery we’re sent on.
The book seems to tell us what happened to Ben at the start of the novel. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, though. Not everything, or everyone, is what they seem. I don’t want to say more as that would lead to spoilers.
The Paris Apartment book review
I love how we get to know each of the characters through them, as well as through the eyes of others. Like The Guest List, we jump between the various characters in the story. Each of the chapters is highlighted with whose viewpoint we’re getting, and then everything is written in first person. This really allows us to figure out what’s going on before Jess does.
However, don’t expect to get all the answers. Even by following the individuals, we still don’t get all the details of Ben and what’s happened to him until the very end. What we do see is that not everyone is as they seem on the outside, while some are just as they seem and worse.
Confirmation about how the neighbors are connected doesn’t happen until Jess figures it out. This is something else that I adore. We think we’ve figured it out through reading, and then Jess realizes something and we’re thrown for another curveball or that confirmation is finally given.
Foley certainly has a way with words. The chapters are pretty short, but that helps to keep the story flowing. There’s an urgency to each chapter, making it impossible to find a spot to put it down.
The only downside is that it felt some of the parts with Sophie weren’t all that necessary. There were times her part of the story added nothing, and I just wanted to jump back to Jess to find out what she’d figured out.
It didn’t quite hit the mark that The Guest List did, but it was still a fun ride. Lucy Foley is definitely on my list of authors to always buy.
Stars: 3.5 out of 5.