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
Something terrible happened here last night. A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three. Only
you – and the killer – hold the key . . .
Oh my, this was good. It was a brilliant exercise in suspense with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Everything about it, from the setting (an opulent yet sinister building in dark, mysterious Paris) to the list of suspects and potential victims, was superbly constructed. From the very first page it grabs you and throws you right into the action. You know something terrible has happened, someone has met a very grisly end but the circumstances are not clear. It is so cinematic in it’s telling that I could effortlessly see it happening before me. My mind was tricked into thinking I was watching events unfold rather than reading them. No surprise at all that the film adaptation rights have been snapped up on this one. Done well it could be rather wonderful. The book has been described at a modern day ‘Agatha Christie’. Being a big fan of Agatha’s I feel comfortable with that comparison. I wonder, if done well, the film will have the potential for a modern Hitchcock? The quality of novel certainly has the potential of it and I had the same feeling I have watching his films when I was reading this. That constant desire, yet fear, to find out what happens next. It’s an exciting prospect. I love when a book inspires others to take it’s creative journey further.
So do I recommend this book? Absolutely. It’s one of those books that made me want to re read it again to see if I could pick up on all the clues. I think I did get some along the way. I think The Paris Apartment might just be one of the biggest books of the year. I am still thinking of it days after finishing and I just adore it when a story lingers, whispering into the corners of your mind long after you’ve turned the final page.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the publisher for sending me a review copy. It was superb.
About the author
Lucy Foley is a No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. Her contemporary murder mystery thrillers, The Hunting Party and The Guest List, have sold over a million copies worldwide and also hit the New York Times and Irish Times bestseller lists. The Guest List was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month selection, a Reese’s Book Club pick, it was chosen as one of The Times and Sunday Times Crime Books of the Year, and it won the Goodreads Choice Award for best mystery/thriller. Lucy’s novels have been translated into multiple languages and her journalism has appeared in publications such as Sunday Times Style, Grazia, ES Magazine, Vogue US, Elle, Tatler and Marie Claire. Lucy lives in Brussels with her husband their baby son.