One of my lifelong fantasies is to live in a high-ceilinged apartment in the City of Light. And so, the Paris Apartment appealed to me because of its title alone. Inside its pages, Lucy Foley tells a highly entertaining story.
It begins with Jess, a neglected drifter, fleeing her scuzzy, grungy existence in Brighton. She jumps on the Eurostar to Paris to visit her journalist brother. When she arrives at the grand mansion block, at which he lives, Ben has mysteriously vanished.
Desperate, she seeks help from his neighbours, only to be thwarted by their conspiratorial silence. Foley expertly builds up the intrigue and tension, complementing the evocative, atmospheric setting.