Writing reviews for thrillers is always tough – you can’t say too much, but you need to give the readers a flavour of what to expect. Well if you know Foley’s previous work then you will probably know what to expect, but I would say prepare for the unexpected.
Centred around an apartment in Paris, this book first of introduces us to Jess who has come to Paris, to see her half brother Ben. We know little about Jess, we find out more as the book goes on but we never get to know the whole story.
In fact that is a theme of the book, do we really know any of these people who are in this apartment block.
The concierge, an old lady, forever in the shadows and living in a place that would fit in one of the penthouse singles rooms.
The occupiers of the penthouse, Sophie and Jacques. One seen and one not, but regardless their presence is felt over every floor.
Antoine, drunk, his wife has just left him but for who? He cannot seem to rely on steady work and needs to find money from somewhere else but where?
Naivety and falling in love fast and hard is where Mimi is at, but she is indulged so it doesn’t matter until that one fateful day.
Nick, returned to live in a minimalist circumstances. Looking like he doesn’t want to really put down roots, but then a face from the past comes brings everything back.
Then there is Ben. But where has he gone? Why did he say to Jess that he would meet her and then not be there? Jess wants to know but what is she really about to discover about her brother?
The tension can be felt as you turn the page, it is almost like you are waiting for something to snap, something to give. When it does it will be what you least expect. I was hooked, I needed to know what happened and whilst I worked one of the characters relationships out, this book kept me guessing until the very end. Rarely do books do that.
I have to say that the author has created another wonderful novel, very much centred around one place, like her previous two novels. This one branches out slightly but really only into another self centred place where everyone is trapped.
Perfect for people who want to be gripped and trapped almost by their reading and need to what happens next. It could well surprise you!
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Paris Apartment is out now.