The Paris Apartment: From the No.1 Sunday Times and multi-million copy bestseller comes a gripping new murder mystery thriller for 2022

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The Paris Apartment: From the No.1 Sunday Times and multi-million copy bestseller comes a gripping new murder mystery thriller for 2022

The Paris Apartment: From the No.1 Sunday Times and multi-million copy bestseller comes a gripping new murder mystery thriller for 2022

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no time to review yet, but i gotta say—and maybe this is just my patterson-overload talking—this one is leaps and bounds better than her first two agatha christie wannabes, which i enjoyed in an entertainment kind of way, even though they were basically the same book. this one is more ambitious, more surprising, more satisfying in every way, even though—trigger warning—she never feeds that cat ONCE, and it was giving me serious stress the whole time. FEED YOUR CATS, PEOPLE!

In terms of the writing, it tries so hard to sound ominous, but it came off as super cheesy to me, which detracted from the atmosphere of the book. I found myself repeatedly wondering, “ Why am I reading this?” He remembers he's still recording the voicenote, drags his gaze from the window. 'Just ring the buzzer. I'll be up waiting for you-' The Paris Apartment is a thriller about a journalist who mysteriously disappeared while living in an odd apartment building in Paris. There are a number of ways in which The Paris Apartment could have been improved, and I -- had I been Ms. Bowen's editor -- would have urged her to keep writing, keep improving her tale, and given her these options to choose from.

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Jess needs a place to stay, so she hits up her half brother. When she arrives at his residence, she finds a fancy building with questionable tenants, but no sign of Ben. As she digs deeper and asks around, she starts to realize that all is not as it seems at this apartment building. Dun dun dun! Honestly, I thought the most interesting reveal was that they were one big family! After that, I thought it was fairly predictable. I just did not care for the other characters and not that I loved Jess or Ben but I thought they were at least somewhat compelling. I was missing the feeling of being in Paris. The building is atmospheric and plays a central role in the plot. But outside of some French and references to famous Parisian landmarks, this book could have taken place in any city. Though I have read many World War II stories, this was very interesting and readable that highlighted a different perspective. Adding the mystery of the art pieces was very enjoyable for me especially with Lia and Gabriel working together to discover what happened in the the past. I’ve enjoyed past works by this author including The Hunting Party and The Guest List. Ultimately however, The Paris Apartment did not connect with me as a reader and failed to thrill."

Foley takes us beneath the glitzy facade of Paris, the designer fashion shows, the Eiffel Tower, the West Bank cafes, and shares some of its dirty secrets. But, like other Foley works, The Paris Apartment does feature other perspectives from those living in the complex, which helps raise the intrigue and suspicion of everyone. When Jess arrives at her brother Ben’s new apartment in Paris, ready to escape from her old life in London, he is nowhere to be found. What she unearths within the first few hours of being there tells her something terrible has happened to her brother. But what…and why… In 2017, Aurelia (Lia) granddaughter of recently deceased Estelle has found that Estelle left her a Paris apartment that no one in the family knew anything about. Estelle never even talked about the past or living in Paris. Once Lia arrives, there is an abundance of couture dresses and other treasures, including a secret room of hidden art pieces (we are talking masterpieces!) Lia meets up with a handsome grandson of someone in the story, and the attraction is pretty immediate and mutual. They try to puzzle their way through their relatives' pasts, via old photographs and paintings, and discover hidden and surprising facts about their ancestors and themselves. As I mentioned above, this was the first Lucy Foley book where I actually felt I had a decent idea of how things were going to map out.Lia's grandmother has passed away and she has left her an apartment in Paris. An apartment no one knew she had! Jess reaches out to Ben after not seeing him for many years. He is living in Paris and agrees to let Jess crash at his place until she finds a job and another place to live. My con's for this novel were few. It was primarily the overly, overly, lengthy details and conversations, sometimes so much so that it was boring so I hurried ahead on audio. Sometimes the wording or convos were so long and plain that I felt the author must think us simpletons. Also, the pushy and outspoken housekeepers, who worked 2 generations for one family, were very out of place, regardless of their generational relationships, bc “help” are the underlings. The Paris Apartment is a satisfying story of determination and strength. The dual timelines worked very well in this novel. Both were engaging although, Estelle's was way more unnerving for me despite knowing she lived a long life. Not the case here. This is an incredibly well written book which could have been no easy feat as the structure is very unique and pretty complicated.

i also like the hooky tagline—your typical breakfast-club round-up of character types, with a nice little endrhyme: The Paris Apartment in question is 12 ru Des Amants-a character in itself. Divided into 5 separate residences, one per floor, with the common areas of a rooftop terrace and a a wine cellar (cave in French). THE ATMOSPHERE – A creepy, old, but once elegant apartment building in Paris – what’s not to like? Once elegant but now showing it’s age with peeling wallpaper, no air conditioning, nothing really updated about these apartments. Then, when I realized she’d written this book, pregnant, in a pandemic, and completed it as a woman with a newborn baby, well…I couldn’t be more impressed. The question is, how far will some go to protect their secrets? Will they kill to protect those secrets? Or will they kill to escape them?Passionate, intriguing, haunting, and remarkable, The Paris Apartment needs to be on the TBRs of all hist fic fans, especially those drawn to WWII stories. This one is a powerful standout that brings out every emotion. Well-done, Kelly Bowen! I actually would have liked more of Ben’s perspective from the past as he was working on the article. He’s so secretive and some his choices were bizarre. But maybe there wasn’t much to it—he was using everyone and anyone he could to finally have his big break in journalism. The Ending Overall, The Paris Apartment missed the mark (unless you enjoy books with little substance and a spooky, frenzied tone is utilized throughout).



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