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The Paris Apartment: The unmissable new murder mystery thriller for 2022 from the No.1 bestselling and award winning author of The Guest List Kindle Edition
*The Sunday Times and No.1 New York Times bestseller*
Discover the new murder mystery thriller from the No.1, million-copy bestseller, Lucy Foley
‘Compelling, up-all-night reading’ Erin Kelly
‘Atmosphere you can cut with a knife’Alex Michaelides
‘Cunningly constructed’ Louise Candlish
‘Gloriously twisty’ Ruth Ware
‘Perfect for a lost weekend’ The Times
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 story to unlock.
The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest
There was a murder here last night.
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.
Who holds the key?
What readers are saying about The Paris Apartment:
‘One to devour entirely in one delicious sitting. Stupendous’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Twisty and mysterious and surprising’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Had me gripped right from the beginning’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Has “book of the year” written all over it’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A page-turner with an amazing setting’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A fabulously tense and mysterious read!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Paris Apartment was a New York Times No.1 bestseller for w/e 06/03/2022
The Guest List was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller for w/c 14/09/2022
The Guest List was the Goodreads Choice Awards winner for Crime & Mystery 2020
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"A transcontinental whodunnit with chic panache, this page-turner will keep you up into the wee hours of the night."--Good Morning America
"Another page-turning thriller in which the story and its characters are as unique and beguiling as the city itself. ... [Foley] keeps readers on their toes with a fast-paced story in which she does a stellar job of juggling the past and the present with multiple narratives without getting bogged down. You can feel the urgency in her prose. ... A thrilling read."--USA Today
"Told in rotating points of view, this Tilt-A-Whirl of a novel brims with jangly tension - an undeniably engrossing guessing game."--Vogue
Another clever, cliff-hanger-filled thriller from the author of The Guest List.--People
The streets of Paris have never looked darker, more opulent, or more sinister than in Lucy Foley's gloriously twisty new novel.--Ruth Ware
"Extremely evocative, with a richly-drawn atmosphere you can cut with a knife. Short of a trip to Paris, the next best thing is surely to settle down with a bottle of French wine and devour The Paris Apartment. The mystery revolves around an exclusive Paris apartment building, and Jess, our hugely likeable heroine, searching for her brother, who is missing from his apartment. The other tenants all have secrets to hide, and twist follows twist until you don't know who to trust -- or suspect. Stylish, suspenseful, claustrophobic and menacing... Lucy Foley just keeps getting better and better. More, please!"--Alex Michealides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient
Another well-paced, suspenseful locked-room mystery with shifting points of view."--Library Journal
As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley's latest whodunnit.--Parade
"The Paris Apartment is a charged, charming thriller that'll have us all eyeing the neighbors a bit skeptically, no matter where it is we live."--Town & Country --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Lucy Foley studied English liter-ature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction edi-tor in the publishing industry. She is the author of five novels including The Guest List and The Hunt-ing Party. She lives in London.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08J6D7993
- Publisher : HarperCollins (3 March 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 872 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 412 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008385076
- Best Sellers Rank: 246 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read the acknowledgements at the end and saw that Lucy said it was probably the most difficult of her books to write. I can totally understand why. My French is non existence so a couple of time I had to google the meanings but really it wasn't difficult to work out what was being said.
The Paris Apartment sounds luxurious, the family affluent and untouchable but never judge a book by its cover. What lies within is a woven tale of scandal, sex and a dysfunctional family, watched from the outside by the concierge. The mysterious concierge, an old woman living in a small hut delegated to the sidelines when really she is integral to the story. I love seeking out clues in mysteries and thought I had most of it worked out by the last couple of chapters but Lucy is full of surprises, throwing in a few final twists, even leaving you to make your own mind up about the real concierge
Maybe I just don’t gel with Lucy Foley’s books?
I found it predictable, stuck in one setting, and with very one-dimensional characters.
Three stars only because she’s s good writer and because of the French scattered throughout.
It'll be something like - "Ahhh a fancy new watch, this reminds me that Ben borrowed and lost my old watch that had been in my family for generations" ... yeah, that's what all the motives are like....
Englishwoman Jess Hadley arrives in Paris, after leaving her bar job in Brighton under somewhat shady circumstances. She arrives outside her journalist half-brother's apartment building in (fictional) Rue des Amants, expecting to find him waiting to let her in, as arranged. But Ben is nowhere to be found...
The resourceful Jess manages to gain admittance to the building, and discovers several disconcerting signs in Ben's third-floor apartment - his wallet and keys have been left behind and his cat has unexplained blood on her paws...
As she makes the acquaintance of the inhabitants of the other apartments, Jess recognises their reluctance to engage with her about Ben's whereabouts and also witnesses several troubling interactions between them. She quickly comes to the realisation that there's something very strange going on here, intensifying her fears for her brother. After a disappointing attempt to notify the local gendarmerie of Ben's disappearance, Jess seeks out the assistance of Ben's friend from university, Nick, who also lives in the apartment building, and a work contact, Theo, to whom Ben had been intending to pitch a sensational article.
Adding to the intrigue, the narrative unfolds from several perspectives - a prologue from Ben's point of view, that of Jess herself, and those of her fellow-residents: diffident Nick, skittish Mimi, haughty Sophie and the observant, eavesdropping concierge of the building. Thus, the reader experiences the gradual revelation of what is going on beneath the elegant façade of the building, but from different and sometimes competing sources. Who can Jess trust in her quest for the truth of what's happened to Ben? What shocking secret or secrets has he uncovered and what might any one of the suspects be willing to do to protect themselves?
The Paris Apartment is a twisty tale, with several stunning surprises along the way and a fabulously dramatic denouement. It contains well-executed gothic elements, recalling classics such as Jane Eyre and Rebecca, not to mention shades of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliant suspense-thriller film "Rear Window" (1954). Lucy Foley evokes the Parisian setting masterfully, using the protagonist's lack of familiarity with the city and language to raise the sense of lurking danger and tension. Snippets of French language are sprinkled throughout, lending additional authenticity, and should be understood by those with only a basic level of comprehension.
I'd highly recommend The Paris Apartment to any reader who enjoys well-executed mystery thrillers and/or engrossing multiple-thread narratives. It's a great read that's difficult to put down once started.
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Lucy Foley has become one of a number of contemporary mystery writers, along with the likes of Ruth Ware and C.L. Taylor, who can be relied upon to consistently produce high quality, well-plotted, entertaining novels. Her latest offering, "The Paris Apartment" is no exception. If you enjoyed her previous mystery thrillers, "The Hunting Party" and "The Guest List" there is every chance that this will also meet with your approval.
I have seen this described as 'a classic whodunnit', but in common with her previous work, I would suggest that it would perhaps be equally fitting to call it "a whydunnit" or possibly even "a whodunnwhat". There are certainly elements of "The Paris Apartment" that are very much in the classic murder mystery tradition: We have a predominantly enclosed setting and a clearly defined cast of characters. Each of the key protagonists has a hidden history, with secrets that they wish to keep, that could easily serve as their motivation for "doing the deed".
The enclosed setting here is the eponymous Paris apartment - an impressive residence in a desirable and sought-after part of the city. It provides a backdrop that is both suitably atmospheric and in keeping with the essence of a "Golden Age" mystery, but one that simultaneously offers a refreshing alternative to the British country house or secluded hotel.
The dramatis personae are made up of the troubled Jess - who has arrived in Paris to stay with her half-brother, Ben - and the residents of the apartment, who are Ben's neighbours. The narrative is presented from the viewpoint of each of the key characters and Lucy Foley generally does a fine job of giving each one a distinct and credible voice.
A traditional "Golden Age" mystery would tend to see the crime committed in the first half of the book, with the remainder concerning itself with solving the mystery and working out who the perpetrator may be. However, as was the case with her previous novel, "The Guest List", the actual deed does not come to light until much deeper into the telling of the story. Far more time is devoted to the idea of who may have done "something" and why certain individuals may have had motive to do various "somethings" depending upon events and developments. Lucy Foley is becoming increasingly adept at this, as she gradually allows backstories to emerge and reveal their relevance to later events.
The only aspect of the book that I found slightly disappointing was the closing section. I felt that the impressive foundation that had been established and built upon throughout the novel warranted a stronger finish, but other readers may feel differently. Nonetheless, this is another fine piece of work from the pen of Lucy Foley that I would happily recommend.
First issue (which I hope will be addressed in future): this book is absolutely RIDDLED with typos. I don't think I've seen such a poor proofreading job outside of self published works. Every time I'd come across a missing word or faulty autocorrect, it took me straight out of the novel.
Secondly, the story itself is slow and -- despite the ostensibly glamourous setting -- oh so dreary! I hated every second I was trapped in this awful building, with all these awful people!
The 'twists' are largely based on implausible premises that just feel like clumsy plot devices, with no purpose other than to deceive the reader (though ironically enough, they're also all pretty predictable). Proper editorial scrutiny could have done wonders here as well, in terms of laying better foundations for the 'reveals', and making sure they make sense within the world of the novel.
This book had many wow moments with lots of unexpected twists and turns. I was so excited to read the book in one sitting. A Lucy Foley trait, I could not put this book down. Each chapter sprinkles intrigue all over and leaves you hanging, anticipating getting to that POV as it cycle through the characters.
A true joy to read Lucy Foley in 2022.
A must read for all thriller fans.
A predicted 5 star read that was totally 5 full stars.
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Well, I was completely wrong, and within a few pages I was absolutely hooked. It offered an intriguing suspense story, offered from several different characters’ perspective and full of surprising plot twists. As a consequence, I read her next novel, The Guest List, which I found equally entertaining,
The Paris Apartment follows a similar format, with the story revealed in narratives from various characters, and there is a copious offering of tangential plot twists. The story is well put together, and the reader quickly builds up an empathy for Jess, the lead protagonist, who has fled from her chaotic life in Brighton to spend some time with her half-brother Benjamin, who has recently moved into a chic apartment in a building in one of the smarter areas of Paris. When she arrives there, however, there is no sign of Benjamin, and she finds that the other inhabitants of the building are far from welcoming of this English stranger.
Jess is certainly a great character – resourceful and stalwart, and showing a great capacity to rebound from the numerous adversities that life has thrown her way. However, I was less convinced by any of the other characters. Similarly, I found the plot slightly less coherent than those of her previous books. I felt almost as if the writer was more concerned with surprising the reader than in developing a strong story.
But despite those slight misgivings, I still enjoyed the book, and its grip was such that I kept reading far later than I should have done. If I had read this one first, I would still have been keen to find any other books that Ms Foley had written. It simply lacked a little of the stellar impact of the earlier two.