I think it’s safe to say that Lucy Foley has done it again! This was the third book that I’ve read from them and the third 5 star rating that they’ve received from me. This book was brilliant!
A sort of slower start but from 50% it was so action packed and I just could not put this book down. If you have read and enjoyed previous books by this author then I think you will enjoy this book. If you didn’t enjoy their previous works then maybe this one isn’t for you.
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.
This book uses the same format as The Hunting Party and The Guest List as the book include d chapters told from multiple points of view. However the majority of the book felt like it came from Jess’s point of view with the other characters having their narratives peppered in. I felt that this really worked though.
I liked Jess. She had a tough life and had been hurt but had a good heart and trusted a little too easily. I found her to be a really interesting main character and liked learning more about her past and her relationship with her brother. I really enjoyed the other main characters of Nick, Sophia, and Mimi. I was so interested to learn more about them! I actually found The Concierge to be fascinating and actually laid the foundations for so many of the reveals. The characters in this book were all so interesting and layered.
The setting of Paris was always going to be a plus from me. I’ve been mildly obsessed with France since I was a small child. The French words and phrases added to this book added an extra little something something for me-I learned some new swear words! I loved the setting of this book as it mainly took place in a fabulously luxurious apartment building and there’s just something I enjoy about a book set in a grand home.
This book was a little bit different to their previous murder mysteries but in a good way, there was more mystery and investigation. There just felt like there was so much danger which was thrilling to read about
This book was jam packed with twists and turns. Just when I thought I’d figured out what was going on, a new crumb of information was dropped and I was back at square one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and I think I’m adding Lucy Foley to my list of authors that I auto-buy! Thank you to NetGalley who provided me with a this free ebook in exchange for an honest review.