Review: The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

Paris SecretTitle: The Paris Secret

Author: Karen Swan

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Down a cobbled street in Paris, there is an apartment full of priceless artworks.

No one has stepped inside it for more than 60 years.

But you’re about to…

With stunning locations an 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?

The Review

One of the most fascinating real life stories I have ever heard (or read) was of the apartment found in Paris that had been perfectly preserved since World War II; the ‘hows’ and the ‘whys’ of the apartment owner baffles my brain with how magical, romantic and tragic it is.

It is this very same apartment that is the basis for the fantastic novel by Karen Swan. The Paris Apartment sees art agent Flora lead the charge in getting the pieces of art catalogued and sold in auction. However, when war time Nazi art theft threatens the investigation and subsequent selling, Flora discovers more than she bargained for.

I have read other books based on this same subject and each has fascinated me in different ways. Karen Swan has created the perfect balance between historical mystery and romance in this epic family saga. This is the first book that I have read by Karen Swan and I will definitely be reading more.

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan is available now.

For more information regarding Karen Swan please visit her Twitter page (@KarenSwan1).

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