The Paris Secret Karen Swan

28535922 Pub: Pan

Not every door should be opened . . .

With stunning locations and page-turning tension, The Paris Secret is an intense and gripping tale from bestselling author Karen Swan.

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades.

High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.

Thrown in amongst the glamorous Vermeil family as they move between Paris and Antibes, Flora begins to discover that things aren’t all that they seem, while back at home her own family is recoiling from a seismic shock. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family’s affairs – but just what is he hiding?

What a wonderful and beautiful tale. I just adored this novel.

I love all things French and when the doors of Apartment number 8 were opened for me I just got lost in the dust, the beauty and the art. Along with Flora and Angus, I became engrossed in the Renoirs and the other priceless artifacts that have been lain untouched for 70 years.  I also have to admit that I Googled like mad at every piece that was described and not only did I enjoy the ride, I also learned quite a bit too.

Karen Swan is a creative and brilliant storyteller. She weaves her tale in the most absorbing and thrilling of ways and this stylish and chic story is one that I just didn’t want to end.

Flora is a gifted and totally relate-able character and I loved her.  The war and Nazi theme was interesting and somewhat sad, although this did add a lot to the ‘feel’ of the story. It really made the book a thoughtful read.

This book is the perfect summer read and one that will kept on my shelf and re-read.

 

Perfect.

5*/5

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