The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley audiobook

The Paris Apartment: A Novel

By Lucy Foley

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"As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade "Exceedingly clever." -- Booklist From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…  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.

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Summary

Summary

A February 2022 LibraryReads Pick

"As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade

"Exceedingly clever." -- Booklist

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide… 

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.

Reviews

Reviews

by Sarah 3/3/2022
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An engrossing mystery-thriller with gothic overtones

I think British author Lucy Foley's books just keep getting better and better! I found The Paris Apartment an engrossing and compelling listen in audiobook format, in which Foley's use of a multi-narrator structure was effectively conveyed using distinct voice actors (Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi and Charlie Anson) for each part.

Englishwoman Jess Hadley arrives in Paris, after leaving her bar job in Brighton under somewhat shady circumstances. She arrives outside her journalist half-brother's apartment building in (fictional) Rue des Amants, expecting to find him waiting to let her in, as arranged. But Ben is nowhere to be found...

The resourceful Jess manages to gain admittance to the building, and discovers several disconcerting signs in Ben's third-floor apartment - his wallet and keys have been left behind and his cat has unexplained blood on her paws...

As she makes the acquaintance of the inhabitants of the other apartments, Jess recognises their reluctance to engage with her about Ben's whereabouts and also witnesses several troubling interactions between them. She quickly comes to the realisation that there's something very strange going on here, intensifying her fears for her brother. After a disappointing attempt to notify the local gendarmerie of Ben's disappearance, Jess seeks out the assistance of Ben's friend from university, Nick, who also lives in the apartment building, and a work contact, Theo, to whom Ben had been intending to pitch a sensational article.

Adding to the intrigue, the narrative unfolds from several perspectives - a prologue from Ben's point of view, that of Jess herself, and those of her fellow-residents: diffident Nick, skittish Mimi, haughty Sophie and the observant, eavesdropping concierge of the building. Thus, the reader experiences the gradual revelation of what is going on beneath the elegant façade of the building, but from different and sometimes competing sources. Who can Jess trust in her quest for the truth of what's happened to Ben? What shocking secret or secrets has he uncovered and what might any one of the suspects be willing to do to protect themselves?

The Paris Apartment is a twisty tale, with several stunning surprises along the way and a fabulously dramatic denouement. It contains well-executed gothic elements, recalling classics such as Jane Eyre and Rebecca, not to mention shades of Alfred Hitchcock's brilliant suspense-thriller film "Rear Window" (1954). Lucy Foley evokes the Parisian setting masterfully, using the protagonist's lack of familiarity with the city and language to raise the sense of lurking danger and tension. Snippets of French language are sprinkled throughout, lending additional authenticity, and should be understood by those with only a basic level of comprehension.

I'd highly recommend The Paris Apartment to any reader who enjoys well-executed mystery thrillers and/or engrossing multiple-thread narratives. It's a great read-listen that's difficult to put down once started. The voice actors are all well-cast and satisfactorily distinct from each other, and while some affect French accents for their roles, as an Australian listener I found their delivery convincing and evocative.

Author

Author Bio: Lucy Foley

Author Bio: Lucy Foley

Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor, during which time she wrote her first novel, The Book of Lost and Found. Lucy now writes full-time and is busy traveling (for research, naturally!), painting, and working on her next novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 12.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English