“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.”
I’m trying to read or listen to new releases closer to the publication date and review them, but life has a funny way of getting in the way. I listened to this book when it was first released in February and am just getting around to reviewing it.
I absolutely loved #ReesesBookClub #TheGuestList by Lucy Foley (click for review) and thought it would be the same with The Paris Apartment (Amazon). There were some similarities to the writing with the locked room types of mystery and featuring multiple points-of-view. I do have to say that it’s probably easier to follow along with all the characters with the audio version because it’s a full cast. Keeping everyone straight in the story since there were so many characters was easier that way.
There are so many unlikeable characters in this story, so it’s hard to pick which one could have been behind Ben’s disappearance. They all have something to hide and depending on who Jen’s talking to, they all appear guilty at one time or another. The short chapters and quick changes of POV helped move the story along. There’s jumping back and forth in the timeline so you really have to pay attention to follow along.
I did not figure out how the story would unfold and to say it’s shocking would be an understatement. I love this type of mystery, with it’s nod to Agatha Christie.
My only beef with the book was that this book could have been set anywhere with an apartment. I never did get a real feel for Paris, which was a bit of a disappointment.
Overall, a very good mystery. Now I just have to find the time to read The Hunting Party. Watch for a review in the future!
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