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Book Review of The Paris Apartment

The Paris Apartment
Helpful Score: 1

For anyone who loves Paris, just the title is enticing. As I read this book, I could see and feel the tired old apartment building around me. It has a life of its own, as many old apartment building in Paris do. I'm hooked!

Jess and Ben were orphaned at young ages when their mother overdosed. Ben gets adopted by a rich couple in England, so he attends best schools and has many opportunities in life. Jess is bounced from foster home to foster home, toughening her up for a disappointing life. When Jess quickly leaves her last job in London, she knows she needs a new start so contacts brother Ben for help. He agrees to let her crash at his Paris apartment until she can find a job and get her own place. All going well, texting each other right up till Jess arrives and Ben is nowhere to be found. The mystery starts!

Ben's apartment is gratis of Nick, his friend who's family owns the apartment building. Jess finds the other tenants to be a strange bunch, all tight lipped about where Ben is. Story builds as each character shares their POV and Jess is more confused and intrigued.

I found the story a bit slow in some parts, and even felt some events could have been eliminated, but when the real mystery is revealed, the pace quickens. I enjoyed the drawn out ending! (No spoilers here.)

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