Release date: February 22, 2022
Publisher: Harper Audio
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.
I really like how Lucy Foley manages to take a seemingly basic whodunnit story and put her own fresh spin on it. I don’t think that’s an easy thing to do, especially in such an over saturated market but whenever I finish one of her books I’m always left thinking that she is clever.
This one has several viewpoints and also a multi narrated cast and each narrator was so good. Listening to the audio made for such an immersive experience for me, it’s steeped in French culture and hearing the sometimes French accents of the characters was chefs kiss. The apartment complex itself was a character on it’s own and added such a great sense of place and atmosphere that I felt like I was there beside the characters. It was a bit of a slow burn and towards the middle lost some steam but the ending picked up the pace again and lead to a satisfying conclusion. Overall a solid thriller for me and definitely one I can recommend.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.