Hello, again really late today. I don’t know where the time’s going, but it seems like my days are getting shorter, instead of longer, lately. Time for another review!
- Release date: February 22, 2022
- Age demographic: Adult
- Genre: Mystery/thriller
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.
The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.
The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge
Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.
Oh wow, it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a mystery thriller this much. I don’t usually rate them 5 stars, but this one just deserved nothing else.
I’m starting to notice a certain trend in books I’ve been liking lately. Give me a creepy house, or apartment, or house or apartment sitting plot, and I’m immediately interested. The Paris Apartment isn’t really in the latter category, but it fits in the creepy vibes for sure.
The plot really had me hooked from the get go. I read the book in two sittings, but if I had time, I definitely would’ve done it in one. I found the idea behind the book really smart and like something I haven’t read before. And it was so well executed, I can’t think of anything I would change about it.
The characters were great, even though I liked some more than others. Some were very much unlikeable on purpose. I especially enjoyed the main character Jess, but I have to admit, she wasn’t the most careful and didn’t always make the best decisions. Every one of the main characters who had a POV had their own little story, all somewhat connected to the main story, and a personality that explained why they’re the way they are, and what their motives were.
I’ve seen some people complain about the pacing of this book, but I think it’s really well paced. The short chapters and different POVs reveal more and more as the story progresses, with every bit being another puzzle piece that fits in nicely with others. There’s many clues throughout the book that make the reveals make sense.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler that this book has a few plot twists, after all it’s a mystery thriller. But while reading it, I had to put it down twice just to revel in how clever the author was for doing what she did. It happens very rarely, when the twist makes me so satisfied.
Overall, I’m very impressed with this book, and it makes me want to read from Lucy Foley.
Rating and recommendations
For fans of:
Lock Every Door, suspensful thrillers, good twists
As always, thanks for reading.