Publication: 3rd March 2022 – HarperCollins
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?
The Paris Apartment is the new novel by Lucy Foley and it is BRILLIANT! It’s chilling and suspenseful and there is a sense of dread that starts on the first page and never leaves. I love that the author chose to set it in the beautiful Paris, the city of lights, right in the middle of riots and a summer heat that makes everyone jumpy and nervous. And in a building that indicates wealth and power and its tenants a group of dysfunctional and suspicious characters full of secrets.
Jess needs a place to stay. Somewhere where she can have a fresh start and leave her troubles behind in England. So, she calls her big brother Ben, living in a beautiful apartment in Paris. On the phone, Ben didn’t sound too happy about her arrival, but he said he’d be waiting for her. Except, when Jess arrives at his place, Ben is not there. He left his phone and his wallet and he’s nowhere to be found. Worried, Jess starts digging into her brother’s life, but his neighbours don’t seem so happy with her questions, and the more Jess investigates, the more is clear that something suspicious is going on at number 12 Rue des Amants.
Most of the characters are unreliable and not very likable. There is something dark and unsettling about them that gave me chills. Jess is the only character that I found likable and relatable. Unlike her brother, she had a difficult childhood and she does her best to survive. However, when her brother disappears, she is the only one who cares about it and she is determined to find out the truth, no matter the cost.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lucy Foley is a brilliant and addictive storyteller and she never disappoints. The Paris Apartment will keep you on the edge of your seat and you won’t be able to put it down!
A huge thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the novel.
Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry – during which time she also wrote her debut, The Book of Lost and Found. Lucy now writes full-time, and is busy travelling (for research, naturally!) and working on her next novel.