Micro review: ‘The Paris Apartment’ by Lucy Foley

In ‘The Paris Apartment’, Lucy Foley invites readers to explore a darker side of the City of Light, i.e. Paris. It follows a young woman – Jess – escaping turmoil in her personal life for the refuge of her journalist brother’s (Ben) home in a posh Parisian apartment building, only to find him missing. No one seems to know where he is and no one seems to want to help find him.

As Jess begins to ask questions and search him, it becomes clear that something sinister is unfolding. Ben’s investigation into a story lead has put him in real danger. The clock is ticking and Jess needs to find him before she also finds herself in jeopardy.

Foley spends much of the first half of her novel unwinding the threads connecting each character to Ben and their potential motives for his disappearance. Despite leaving the reader impatient and wanting more action, the first half provides much-needed context for the latter half of the novel and builds the tension that makes the ending satisfying.

Foley’s writing is simple and immersive, with a reckless but determined protagonist to create an intriguing mystery. ‘The Paris Apartment’ is a dark puzzle you will love solving.

What critics said about the book
“Extremely evocative, with a richly-drawn atmosphere you can cut with a knife… Lucy Foley just keeps getting better and better.” — Alex Michaelides

“Creepy and compelling, I was immediately drawn into this dark depiction of Parisian life.” — Sarah Pearse

“A sinister, seductive, twisting masterclass. Lucy Foley is a born storyteller, and ‘The Paris Apartment’ is her best yet.” — Chris Whitaker

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