Welcome to No.12 Rue des Amants: a beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest

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Something terrible happened here last night. A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three. Only you – and the killer – hold the key . . .

My Review

I’ve read The Hunting Party and The Guest List, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed, but this is something else. I just loved this book. I read it at work in my break, in bed, in the car, in the hot tub – I just couldn’t put it down.

One of the things I particularly liked about the book is the way it’s written from the point of view of each main character in turn. First we have Ben, but his is short-lived as something happens to him which his sister Jess can hear on her phone. Then she can’t get hold of him again.

Jess is actually his half-sister. Their mum died when they were children and while Ben was adopted into a wealthy family, Jess was passed from pillar to post, from one foster home to another. Ben is a well-educated, charismatic, charming and successful journalist, while Jess is full of self-doubt and has been working in a scruffy pub full of undesirables and a landlord known as ‘the pervert’. Ben mainly writes reviews of restaurants, but what was he investigating lately that may have put his life in danger?

Jess hasn’t seen Ben for a while, but she decides to chuck in her ghastly job and visit him in the Paris apartment where he lives. And it’s then that we hear from the other inhabitants. We have Nick who was Ben’s best friend at university, the beautiful, wealthy, fifty-year-old Sophie who lives on the top floor with her husband, shy nineteen-year-old Mimi who shares the apartment with free-spirited Camille and vile, drunken Antoine whose wife Dominique has just left him. And then we have the elderly female concierge, who lives in a tiny ‘hut’ by the entrance.

The apartment building itself is also like another character. Secret doors into back stairs, unused maid’s quarters in the attic, a spooky wine cellar nicknamed the Cave in the basement and the hut where the concierge lives.

This book has so many secrets and unresolved mysteries. In fact Sophie seems to have more secrets than anyone else. Her immaculate clothes, Hermes scarf tied round her neck in the Parisienne style, her shiny bobbed hair and her model-like figure. As far as her husband is concerned, it’s better to be old than overweight, even by a few pounds.

I literally flew through this book. It’s just so good and everyone is fascinating in their own way. One of my favourite books of the year so far.

Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours

About the Author

Lucy Foley is a No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. Her contemporary murder mystery thrillers, The Hunting Party and The Guest List, have sold over a million copies worldwide and also hit the New York Times and Irish Times bestseller lists. The Guest List was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month selection, a Reese’s Book Club pick, it was chosen as one of The Times and Sunday Times Crime Books of the Year, and it won the Goodreads Choice Award for best mystery/thriller.

Lucy’s novels have been translated into multiple languages and her journalism has appeared in publications such as Sunday Times Style, Grazia, ES Magazine, Vogue US, Elle, Tatler and Marie Claire. Lucy lives in Brussels with her husband and their baby son.

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