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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Narrator: Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi, Charlie Anson
Published by HarperAudio on February 22, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 12 hours, 25 minutes
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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
I love a mystery set in a different location. The setting is Paris but the main character has come from England. Jess is the younger half-sister of a journalist, Ben, and comes to visit him in Paris after things go bad for her at work. She’s had a tough background with her mother dying and ending up in foster care. She has little money or educational advantages but she has street smarts which serve her well when her brother isn’t there when she arrives.
The Paris Apartment is very suspenseful because from the beginning it seems clear something horrible has happened to Ben and Jess is in dire trouble there with no one on her side. She doesn’t even speak French! She has a bad relationship with police. But she is good at asking questions and catching on to things. It does feel like she is TSTL (too stupid to live) a few times as she puts herself in horrible situations trying to get more information.
I didn’t twig to any of the various secrets and facts until Jess and others unrolled them for me. I enjoy just feeling and realizing the story as I read. There is a satisfying conclusion to this dark, suspenseful journey.
There were six narrators, handling different points of view, which was very enjoyable. Mostly we got the stream of thought from the different characters and the voices seemed to fit well. There was very little actual dialog in conversations. The characters were a combination of English and French each of which sounded appropriate but I am no expert. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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