Book Review: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

“I don’t like strangers. I don’t like change. Change has always been dangerous for me. He proved that: coming here with his questions, his charm. The man who came to live in the third-floor apartment: Benjamin Daniels. After he came here, everything changed.”

Lucy Foley, The Paris Apartment

Title: The Paris Apartment
Author: Lucy Foley
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 360 (Hardcover)
Published: February 22nd, 2022

My Rating: ★★★★
Read: 5/28/2022 – 5/29/2022

Review:

I’ve seen Lucy Foley’s books all over the place. I’ve had The Hunting Party sitting on my shelf, but The Paris Apartment is the first of hers I’m finally reading. The setting was too perfect, I couldn’t wait to read the others first. All I can say is that she is a master of twists! They’re subtle and logical rather than a come-from-behind approach that has you scrambling back to the earlier pages (at least in this book). While I had some correct hunches, none of them played out like I could have imagined. The book itself was more vulgar than I like, which made it uncomfortable for me at times, but those parts were fortunately brief aside from strong language. The depth of the mystery made up for it and I finished it in roughly a day.

Though I can’t say I liked any of the characters, I could sympathize with most of them at one time or another. They were flawed and human, most of them with a distinct story behind them and bringing the plot together. Very well done!

Afterthoughts:

I’m looking forward to reading another one of Lucy Foley’s books despite my issues with some of the content and frequent swearing. I know that’s not a problem for a lot of people, but I’ve always found it off-putting in writing. I’m glad the mystery/plot spoke louder.

I have a standard copy pictured here (a generous gift from a book exchange right as it was published!), but I also had this as my Book of the Month pick for March so I’ve included this in that category.

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