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Publisher's Summary

*The No.1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller*

Discover the new murder mystery thriller from the No.1, million-copy bestseller, Lucy Foley

In a beautiful old apartment block, deep in the backstreets of Paris, secrets are stirring behind every resident’s door.

The lonely wife

The party animal

The curtain-twitcher

The secret lover

The watchful caretaker

The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.

Who holds the key to the mystery of apartment three?

The Paris Apartment was a New York Times No.1 bestseller for w/e 06/03/2022

The Guest List was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller for w/c 14/09/2022

The Guest List was the Goodreads Choice Awards winner for Crime & Mystery 2020

©2022 Lucy Foley (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"What happened behind the door of apartment number three? The creepy, twisty The Paris Apartment will keep you guessing all the way to the end." (Daily Mail)

"Atmospheric, tense and suspenseful...Lucy Foley has proven herself to be the modern day Agatha Christie." (Louise O’Neill)

"Lucy Foley leads the reader down the dark Paris side streets.... Compelling, claustrophobic up-all-night reading." (Erin Kelly)

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Very original

I loved this mistery book. It does not start from sonething that happened but the story spirals itself around characters, situations and motives.

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Absolutely captivating

Lucy Foley is truly proving herself a master of the murder mystery genre. I blasted through this in a day and a half because I simply couldn't tear myself away. Fantastic story and narration, do yourself a favour and spend the credit.

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  • I. Turco
  • 03-07-22

I was sorry not having downloaded a sample

Didn’t know this author and the synopsis sounded good but I stopped listening after half an hour. The characters were so cliché: the messy stepsister, the haughty concierge. Meh.
Maybe the story was good.

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  • Patricia A. Thompson
  • 03-08-22

Give Paris a Miss

I found this quite boring. Didn't like the different voices who read the story and found the whole thing a disappointment.

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  • Rae Radford
  • 03-07-22

Utter drivel.

Save your money, it's a shocker! An obvious plot with an obvious ending, come on Lucy you can do so much better!

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  • Passion for Podencos
  • 03-14-22

Très underwhelming - not a patch on Hunting Party

I loved "The Hunting Party" loved the idea of "The Guest List" but did find it rather contrived and increasingly hard to swallow but "The Paris Apartment" is much much worse.

Loved the premise, was all on board for a jolly jaunt as longing for a holiday albeit a virtual one and I struggled on, through the comedic French accents until the first twist which was frankly a little hard to believe, but I let that go, hoping things would get better ... sadly, they did not.

Things instead took a turn for The Famous Five/Hardy Boys Mysteries and then the reveal of the big secret ..... no spoilers of course but it was just like ...

1) Is this really meant to be set in open minded, sophisticated, modern day Paris?

2) Why was no research done as even I have seen a couple of documentaries and this is such a naive, ill-informed and ridiculous portrayal of something very grubby and brutal. 3) Practically speaking, I cannot imagine how it could be such a huge source of revenue - it sounded more like a Toulouse-Lautrec fever dream set around the times of the Folies Bergère opening in1869 than the 2020s.

3) How can you blackmail someone for something that is public knowledge and really sounds like a totally implausible scenario anyway? Again this might have been scandalous at some stage in Paris and indeed it might have been possible to keep this under wraps at some stage in history but not for a very long time.

There are more questions which could be asked - What are the chances someone brings you a pair of shoes to wear and they are the right size and "surprisingly comfortable"? I even think the cat changed colours from being grey and white to black and white but I am so worn out at this stage I cannot be bothered to go back and find out, as it is far more plausible compared with the other impossible and unbelievable shenanigans in this book.

So yes, much ado about nothing. Things are not what they seem - so what? So many unremarkable skeletons in the unlikable and unlikely characters' closets. The appalling stereotypical characters themselves, The big secret is like "Really?" Romance trying to show up and be counted for extra interest.... and that is without the clunky narration which is truly comedic at times.

I think one of the worst things really was the characters as they were all so one dimensional and cliched - narration was good for Jess and Nick, Mimi was not too bad if you like the old "Loulou" perfume commercials of yesteryear but far too OTT to be believable, but then who could have read most of her dialogue with a straight face anyway I suppose. As for the concierge and Madame of the penthouse ... oh dear, the former like something from a Hammer House of Horror production circa 1973 and the other jumped in and out of her French accent with the grim determination of someone holding onto a window ledge. It was truly painful.

In fairness it is not that the book was it was so terribly terribly bad, especially compared with many poorly written "thrillers" with giant plot holes - it is just it was not very good and just such a disappointment for those of us who were hoping "The Guest List" was a dip and this would be another "The Hunting Party" instead of a fluffy fright of French fancy, poorly researched with unlikable pantomime characters and unbelievable melodramatic events more suited to a historical novel.

I really cannot be bothered to think about this book any more, I have enjoyed episodes of "Murder She Wrote" more, back in the day. Will I risk another Lucy Foley "Thriller"? It had better be very very good for me to take another chance.

So yes a swing and a sad, muffled thump as the plot collapsed and dragged itself off stage left, rickety scenery all a quiver, to an end I will never know as I have given up and returning swiftly. Au Revoir!

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  • M. Price
  • 03-08-22

STUNNING!

All I can say is that Lucy Foley just gets better and better, I have enjoyed all three of her books but The Paris Apartment is spectacular! A real tour de force.

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  • Richard Maidment
  • 03-15-22

Gripping and suspenseful!

My first introduction to Lucy Foley's literature. I was impressed. The Parisienne setting worked well with the plot.The mystery was intriguing throughout, it was a very good storyline and all the Narrators were good ,especially the one who spoke as the main part, Jess.I couldn't stop listening to this audible and was glad I added it to my Library as it had been on my Wish List for ages.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-22

Fantastic book but…

I really wish the author hadn’t used the C word so many times throughout the book. It just wasn’t necessary. The storyline itself is fantastic as were the performances, but the prolific use of that swear word was such a let down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-22

Just amazing book! Congratulations!

From the beginning ti the end of the book I didn’t have a moment of boredom. On the contrary! The more I listened, the more I wanted to know. The story is well crafted, the characters revealed themselves little by little, but the end is no less surprising. I highly recommend it.
Andreia Nuno, my daughter is going to love it too, I’m sure of it.

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  • Fridrika
  • 03-10-22

I am waiting for the movie

I loved this story! I gave it to a friend after reading it. Douze points.

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  • Natalie
  • 09-17-22

So bad

Absolutely obvious, not a Mistery at all! Impossible to like characters, not interesting, terrible writing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-22

Fell flat

I LOVED The Guest List and really enjoyed The Hunting Party, but unfortunately wasn’t the biggest fan of The Paris Apartment. I couldn’t stand the main character Jess and found myself regularly ranting and raving about the nonsensical and frankly stupid, decisions she was making. I didn’t like the other characters either and at the end found that the story lacked the ‘wow’ conclusion I hoped for. The twist was not shocking to me at all and I was left feeling overall dissatisfied by it. After some great audio performances in the previous two books, I found this performance to be lacking. I am so disappointed to be writing this review as I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while. I guess you can’t win them all.

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  • Natalie T.
  • 03-15-22

Loved it

I’ve listened to all of Lucy’s novels and they don’t disappoint. Love the little twists and turns. Very well narrated too.

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  • Robyn Temple
  • 03-23-22

Meh

Quite different from Lucy Foley’s other stuff and didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I was hoping for more, slightly lacking in character development. I found the narration of the lead character difficult to listen too. There were a few twists and turns, but not til really late in the book and then quite a hurried ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

Boring

I really enjoyed Lucy Foley's The Guest List so I made this book my next listen but it is so slow at getting to the point. I'm halfway through and nothing interesting has happened. I'll finish it but somewhat begrudgingly

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  • Zan
  • 08-26-22

Great Narrator

I really enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read with simple but adequate descriptions. The storyline is something you can leave for a while and still understand when you pick it back up. There are a lot of different POV and time shifts in this book which added to the readers understanding of charecter motivations. I feel these POV's was smoother when listening to the book then when I just read it. I enjoyed the escapism, especially the different accents, of this novel very much.

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  • Tricia Bakker
  • 07-29-22

Cool concept and lots of twists

A very clever idea . Lots to look back on once read and marvel at its complexity but also simply very cool.

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  • T. J. Layden
  • 07-08-22

compelling and intriguing

A great narrative but the french accents were appalling. the concierge was the worst. cringe

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-30-22

Disappointing

Found this a little disappointing as hard to follow in places. Have listened to others books by Lucy and this wasn't as what I expected. although I did finish. Think itwas the multiple narrators

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  • Vanessa
  • 05-14-22

Not Lucy's best work

I read the guest list first then hunting party, both great books. This book wasn't at all in the same league for me.

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  • Pawel
  • 05-04-22

great concept

love the way this book is written and read. being written the way it is really shows the author's skill. love the twist and turns along the way ending in a crescendo. fantastic.