The Paris Apartment

Morrow. Feb. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780063003057. $28.99. SUSPENSE
After Jess has a run-in with the boss at the restaurant where she works, she retaliates by stealing money from the cash register and heading across the Channel to hide out with her brother Ben in Paris. When she arrives at the unexpectedly swanky building where he lives, Ben is nowhere to be found, despite having told her he’d be waiting up for her. Small details unsettle her: a cat that has what looks like blood on its fur; Ben’s St. Christopher medal in a crack on the floor, even though he never took it off. When she approaches the building’s other residents for help, they’re all strangely reticent, and when Jess finds a hidden door in the living room wall that opens onto to a staircase with peepholes into every apartment in the building, her investigation into her brother’s whereabouts ramps up. Foley’s (The Guest List) latest is another well-paced, suspenseful locked-room mystery with shifting points of view, though the eventual solution to the puzzle is not as satisfying as in her earlier books.
VERDICT Foley’s fans, especially those willing to suspend their disbelief about some of the more unlikely plot twists, will enjoy.
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