Hello everyone! Welcome back to Cover to Cover! Today, I have another thriller book review. Shocker. This was one of the picks for my book club, so let's get into it!
This book follows Jess who just arrives in Paris to stay with her brother, Ben. But when she gets to his apartment he's not there, and he doesn't return the next day either. Worried that something has happened, Jess starts poking around the old but grand apartment building. She asks neighbors and other tenants if they have seen Ben at all recently. Everyone in the building is a suspect and everyone has their secrets, and they will do anything to keep them.
I actually really liked this book. I've never read anything by Lucy Foley before, but I know a lot of people like her writing. Compared to Not a Happy Family the characters were really easy to keep track of. The view point did jump from Jess to the other tenants who live in the building. And you would also get glimpses of some of their interactions with Ben. Sort of like a lost-in-thought flashback which I liked. I don't mind timeline jumping like that especially when it's done really well which I thought it was.
I also really enjoyed the overall vibe of the book. It was haunting, suspenseful, and honestly this would be a really good book to read in the fall/October time.
The ending was kind of predictable though. Not to the fullest extent but I kind of put together what happened to Ben and where he was. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, there are a lot of characters thrown in to make you suspicious of everyone.
The chapters were also short which is always a plus, and it was a very fast moving book. Jess gets to Paris and her brother's apartment within the first chapter. It is on the longer side for a thriller regarding page count, but only about 360ish pages.
Like I said before, the one downside, at least for me is that I knew what happened to Ben. I couldn't plan out everything, but I feel like parts of it were easy to come to.
Overall, I would give it a 3.5/5 stars. I would definitely recommend, and I kind of what to read some of her other books. Maybe she will become an auto buy author for me like Shari Lapena.
Alright, folks! That is all I have for this week, come back next Wednesday for another blog post! As always, thank you for reading :)