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The Paris Apartment

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This is the third book I’ve read by Lucy Foley and I just love her writing. While this latest book is a bit different than her previous two books, I really liked it and the more I’ve sat with it, the more I really appreciate that.

Lucy Foley has proven that she can do locked-room mysteries and do them well. It’s a trope I will never get tired of and I love all her different takes on it. In this latest one, we have a cast of troubled characters and lots of secrets and I loved the way we are slowly given information, bit by bit. The characters many not all be likeable, but boy do they all keep you guessing as to what is really going on, so much so that you have to wonder if they are even reliable.

There is something incredibly atmospheric about this story – the apartment building itself just oozes suspense – it’s so claustrophobic and cloying. I loved that I could totally picture the watchful concierge just keeping an eye out, hidden from view most times. It’s downright spooky when you think about it.

Between the short chapters and the twists, I was completely on edge reading this one. While I did figure out a few things, the author still managed to catch me unaware with her clever red herrings and misdirection and it just proves why this author is a must-read for me!
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I want to love Lucy Foley's books so badly, but I think she definitely needs a different editor. I'm not one for slow-burn anything, and I want my thrillers to move much more quickly than Foley's do. The ending was good and I enjoyed the overall plotline, but I needed it cut down for length and explanation. The reader on the audio was great.
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The Paris Apartment is told from several different characters each getting their own chapter.  Unfortunately none of them were likable and though the book was set in Paris, I didn't get that Parisian feel.  Overall, it was average.
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This is the second Lucy Foley book I read, having read her very popular The Guest List. I thought it was just OK for me. There was a little suspense and I didn't see the ending/big reveal coming. I didn't really care for the main character and thought there was a lot of fluff. The book could have been shortened and would have been just fine.
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I wonder if Lucy Foley has a specific writing style. It seemed to me, this followed a similar pattern to The Guest List (although it also seemed like most people I know who read both liked The Guest List more). Both books had lots of multiple narrators and had surprising endings that there was no way to see them coming.

At the beginning, we meet Ben, living in a Paris apartment who is greeted unexpectedly by a visitor, is scared and then gone. His sister Jess is on her way to visit him, arrives and then spends 3 days looking for him. So then, we meet all the people who live in this fancy old apartment (which is itself quite a character on the book). I wonder, if hearing this on audio with multiple narrators would be helpful (like I heard for The Guest List). You get a helpful twist about 40% into the book - and a lot of helpful news in the last 10%. 

Idk, I think Foley loves all these strange and flawed characters. I can see how these impressive old Paris apartments inspired her to wonder who lives in them and what secrets they hold.

“You know, I read somewhere that sixty percent of us can’t go more than ten minutes without lying. Little slippages: to make ourselves sound better, more attractive, to others.”

“‘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.’”

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book! I was really curious to read something else of Foley’s.
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I dnf this book.  It just took too long to get going and I lost interest.  It's been popular and I can see myself maybe picking it up again.  The premise was interesting.
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Jess can tell her half-brother Ben isn't thrilled about her coming to stay with him while she gets back on her feet. But when she shows up at his door and he's not there she starts off annoyed and gradually gets worried the longer she doesn't hear from him.
Immediately this book gave me total Goosebump vibes. Switching perspectives and ending each chapter on a cliffhanger gives the reader such an interactive experience. Another thing I really appreciated is the way this book is creepy and kept me on the edge of my seat without being gross? I find it's more and more common for thrillers to go for absolute shock-value instead of just filling the story with plot twists and red herrings but this one ticked all the boxes for me.
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Set in a grand apartment building with creepy mysterious residents this is a psychological, atmospheric thriller that has a great set up, plenty of twists and turns, but somehow falls a little flat.  Ben becomes one of the residents.  He is a British Journalist and is working on a big story...turns out it is about the family that owns the apartment building. When Jess, his half sister, arrives for a visit she is shocked to discover that he is not there when she arrives.  Trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Ben she meets all of the apartment residents and finds herself in the middle of a much larger mystery/conspiracy.  The characters are interesting and colorful. Jess is smart and resourceful.  This is a great vacation read, it will keep you turning pages.
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Jess travels to Paris to crash with her brother Ben after leaving her job in London abruptly. When she arrives at his apartment, there's no answer. Their last phone call was mysteriously cut short and she's left on her own in his place trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Ben doesn't seem to be coming back, so Jess is forced to follow the clues that seem to lead to the strange neighbors. This thrilling story is a complex look at family dynamics. It's a quick read and one that I personally liked more than The Hunting Party and The Guest List.
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I’m a fan of all of Lucy Foley’s books and while this wasn’t my favorite of her books I did really like it. I loved the different points of view, and how the apartment building became its own character. I started it and didn’t want to put it down until I got to the end.
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This one was a slow start that had me pick up and finish a few books in between but once you get about 40% through, you’re in for a ride!
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Thanks to NetGalley & William Morrow for an arc.

Set in a fancy apartment in Paris, this novel follows Jess as she tries to figure out what happened to her missing brother. I absolutely loved the setting of this book - it almost feels claustrophobic with Jess staying in an apartment building surrounded by odd strangers. Something feels odd about the apartment from the beginning and I loved how that tension built throughout the book. It gave me similar vibes to the unsettling apartment building in Riley Sager's Lock Every Door.

The characters were also all interesting and, as with most good mysteries, they all had their secrets. I loved that this book had short chapters that jumped from character to character. The build-up of the story worked well as each character's chapters and versions of events reveal a little more about what's really going on. We're figuring out things along with Jess and there were still a couple twists at the end I didn't see coming.

If you liked Foley's previous books or just enjoy a solid mystery with some good twists, I'd recommend this one.
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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full disclosure: I have wanted to love the author’s previous books but felt they didn’t live up to the hype and was disappointed. I figured I’d give her one last chance to wind me over and then I’d give up for good. Well she did it. I liked this book so much more than the others. I loved the big twist at the end. I enjoyed the different characters. I liked the different view points.  There were a couple of things that didn’t quite add up as the story progressed but weren’t glaring enough to make me dislike the book.

Well done. 3.5
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To be quite honest, I struggle to enjoy Lucy Foley as much as I did when I read her for the first time. I think The Guest List is still her strongest work, and though I know this title will be absolutely super popular with the patrons at my library, I just found it wasn't for me.
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A down on her luck bartender arrives in Paris to take refuge with her elusive and charming older brother but when she gets to his posh but creepy Paris apartment he’s somehow vanished in thin air.
This might not be as much of a hit as The Guest List, but I thought it was thoroughly engrossing, a good balance of mystery and psychological menace. Two things stand out: the class conflict notes here are well played, the twists are earned. I was entertained and surprised throughout.
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I enjoyed this novel more than The Guest List. It read like a game of Clue. Felt like it could definitely be made into a movie. Reminded me a little of Agatha Christie. I very much enjoyed it and will be recommending it.
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This the the second book that I have enjoyed written by Lucy Foley, the first being The Guest List. I have to admit I enjoyed the surprise element of The Guest List slightly better. This is definitely a fast read (I was able to read it in a weekend). You will enjoy this book if you like suspenseful stories. I didn’t guess the ending at all. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading thrillers and suspense novels.
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I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed by this book. Yes, the plot is good. Yes, there are moments of suspense. Yes, it is a good murder mystery that kept me guessing. But, it moved soooo slow!!! I much prefer a suspense story that is fast paced and keeps my quickly turning the pages. This definitely was not that for me.  Thank you NetGalley and Killer Crime Club for this arc.
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Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book. I kept waiting for this one to turn supernatural, and thankfully, it did not. Though I enjoyed it enough, it never grabbed me and made me feel compelled to keep reading which to me is the mark of a good thriller. But definitely a solid effort.
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Pub: 02/22/22 - out now!

Thank you @harpercollinsca for the gifted copy to read and review.

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone so she decides to visit her half- brother Ben in Paris. But when she arrives, Ben is nowhere to be found and the more Jess digs his life, the more she realizes that things are not what they seem …

I loved this book! It drew me in right from the beginning. Foley is known for her locked room mysteries with rich casts of characters and The Paris Apartment delivers a fresh take on the format.

I’ve said it before, but I just can’t resist a story about rich people behaving badly. Add in Paris, a glamorous and creepy apartment and characters that are delightfully terrible and you have a winning combo for me!

The short chapters keep the pace moving, while the multiple POVs tease out secrets as the tension and story builds. Though we hear from many characters, the personalities are so distinct so it’s easy to keep track of the story.

If you’re a fan of locked room mysteries like me, make sure this one is on your TBR !
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