Lucy Foley’s The Paris Apartment is a mystery, thriller, and suspense fiction novel taking place in a somber yet opulent apartment complex in Paris, France. The Paris Apartment is Foley’s follow-up novel to her previous book The Guest List.
Title: The Paris Apartment
Author: Lucy Foley
Publisher: William Morrow
Intended Audience: Adult
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Mood: Dark, Mysterious Suspenseful
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After running from her troubled past, Jass Hadley arrives at her brother Ben’s apartment only to find him not there. She senses something is off when she arrives at his place, and he isn’t home, because she just talked to him on the phone. Asking other residents questions about his whereabouts did no good and makes Jess questionable when the other tenants act suspiciously.
Jess makes connections at the newspaper Ben is employed at and with the help of Ben’s long-time best friend, she begins to uncover the truth. With stories of lust, greed, trafficking, and murder, Jess digs through Ben’s computer to find clues to his whereabouts and the answers she has been seeking.
Through searching for her brother, Jess learns to lean on her instinct and intuition, and she not only ends up helping her brother, but also countless other people through her discovery. She begins to like and trust herself once again.
While The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley did leave me guessing, it failed to leave me on the edge of my seat as I anticipate with suspenseful mystery novels. The strong foreshadowing leads the reader to figure out the plot twist about halfway through the book, so when the actual twist occurs, it is anticlimactic. I wanted to love this book due to the reviews I heard, but I couldn’t appreciate it as I wish I could have because of this.
The character development was minimal, and as much as I wanted to like Jess, I couldn’t because her character was a complicated protagonist and she was hard to relate to. Without much background on the characters, I kept myself from over-thinking their experiences and read the book for what it was.
Was this a bad book? No, not by any means, and I would recommend it to those who are new to the suspense mystery genre and are wanting to dabble, but for those readers who are looking for books with a bit more something, I would recommend a mystery, suspense novel like Gone Girl or The Girl on The Train.