The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

The Paris Secret

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 dinne...

Details The Paris Secret

TitleThe Paris Secret
Release DateJul 14th, 2016
Number of pages352 pages
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Mystery

Reviews The Paris Secret

  • Aditi
    “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ----Pablo PicassoKaren Swan, an English author, pens a heart-touching and intense contemporary romance novel, The Paris Secret which unfolds the story of a family as well as a powerful female art dealer who gets muddled into the family drama as well as the family secrets of a reputed and affluent French family suddenly discovered artworks are needed to be studied by the art dealer to fi...
  • Irena
    3,5 stars to be precise.I have a confession to make: I never understood the art.You can put me infront of the most phrased art work in the world, and I will just stand there, totally confused, forcing my brain cells to see the beauty everyone talks about.I was never good at art class. I hated it. As an outcome to that, I didn’t particularly enjoy learning about it either.Therefore, when it comes to art culture, telling you that I am bad would p...
  • Jeanette
    Absolutely thrilled when I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.This is the third book that I have read by Karen Swan that I have read. Up until earlier this year, I had never read any of her books, but that all changed when I found two in a local charity shop. I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did her previous two (Christmas in the Snow and The Summer Without You). I very rarely write what a story is about for fear of spoil...
  • Allie
    Thank you to Goodreads for this first reads giveaway.My first book by this author, it was an easy, entertaining read, the tale starts when a discovery is made in an apartment which has been locked up for over seventy years and when opened reveals numerous pieces of art painted by some of the worlds most famous artists. Based on a true story of a flat in Paris that had been left undisturbed since the end of World War Two. The story follows Flora w...
  • Shilpa
    Art. Mystery. Romance.Everything you expected from Paris, and more. Beautiful marketing by the team @PGCBooks Despite the title, The Paris Secret is not wholly set in The City of Light. Rather, Karen Swan's latest novel spans Paris, Vienna, Antibes, and London, and takes you on an adventure that uncovers both hidden pasts, and secrets of epic proportions. Down a Paris cobbled street, a long-forgotten dust cloaked apartment is found. But there is ...
  • Tracy Shephard
    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 ri...
  • Susu
    Art theft during the Nazi occupation of France, mixed in with a modern day love story with a few strange twists and turns - entertaining popcorn read v
  • Tripfiction
    Novel set in PARIS and ANTIBESThis review first appeared on our blog where we also chat to the author: apartment in Paris is discovered by urban explorers (people who take a risk entering a property that is off limits, trespassers to all intents and purposes) that clearly hasn’t seen the light of day or any human form for many decades. It is as untouched as the day the occupants left.The apartment belo...
  • Maii
    Why didnt I know about this book before?I was just walking down the street and thought I would go in and see if there were any good books to maybe read (as one does) and there it was. There were two copies and I like all books that have ‘Paris’ in the title so I picked it up and read the back cover. I was hooked!It had romance, a mystery, art and history. I had nothing against the plot and I’m usually very picky about these books.I just fin...
  • Kate Forsyth
    ‘Down a cobbled street in Paris, a long-forgotten apartment is found. Thick with dust and secrets, it is full of priceless artworks that have been hidden away for decades.’ It was these words – the opening sentence of the blurb on the back of the book – that sold me on this book. It’s just such a fascinating premise. I would love to find such an apartment myself – just imagine the forgotten stories hidden within.The Paris Secret is pr...
  • Tommye Turner
    For more book reviews like this, please visit profusionnerd.comA beautiful journey through the magnificence of art; Swan's literary art and the art in the novel.I am not someone who is incredibly interested in art, especially when I know very little about it, but I still enjoy it. Being a lover of all that is creative, I can see when something is beautiful so not only did I appreciate the art depicted in the novel, I also drowned in a torrent of ...
  • Emma Crowley
    Karen Swan always writes books that have a good balance between glitz and glamour coupled with a good solid storyline, sometimes with an element of mystery. We've come to expect both a summer and Christmas book from this author and with each new book her writing skills grow and improve. The Paris Secret has a simple yet striking cover and belies the substance hidden between its covers. Karen has drawn inspiration from an event that made news head...
  • Agi
    I am always waiting impatiently for Karen Swan's new novel, no matter if it is a summer or winter release. I can be sure that Ms Swan is going to deliver a fantastic, wonderfully plotted, full of gorgeous places and brilliantly drawn characters story. This time Karen Swan let herself be inspired by a discovery of a Parisian apartment several years ago, which I didn't know to be honest, I learnt this when reading the book already, but I think it w...
  • Jennifer
    First book I've ever read by Sawn. A good read based on a news story of an apartment in Paris closed for years and then reopened full of amazing contents. A quick read and a bit of a page turner at times. Lead me to search out another Swan book.
  • Krista
    That was really interesting. Art, Paris, good characters, plot twists, things I love all wrapped up in a good mystery. And a mystery it was! The plot twists really surprised me. It was a good read, especially since I was in bed for a day and a half sick so I had plenty of time to read and I really enjoyed it. 4/5
  • Shaz Goodwin
    2016-09-11 was hooked from the very beginning with a prologue that left me with plenty of questions …Getting to know Flora’s family at their home in Wiltshire there’s further intrigue surrounding brother Freddie. In some of my recent reads there are important things the reader knows about that the characters don’t but in The Paris Secret, Freddie tells Flora the reason behind his weight loss and anxiety but ...
  • Samantha
    Well written with good atmospheric passages which transport the reader into the heart of Paris, Vienna, Antibes and London. After a property has been broken into in Paris a long-forgotten apartment is discovered that contains priceless artworks dating back to Vichy France. The building is owned by the Vermeil family who had no idea of the apartments existence until they are informed that the building has been broken into. Madame Vermeil is anxiou...
  • Carolyn
    The Paris Secret by Karen Swan is an excellent novel set in the cobblestoned streets of Paris and various other parts of France.It's a highly intense read which will keep you on your toes! This story is based on the real-life discovery a few years ago of an abandoned Paris apartment, locked up since the Second World War.You will find all sorts of things inside the doors and pages of this novel including descriptions of dusty blue painted window s...
  • Susan
    I love Karen Swan books. I feel like I shouldn't since they don't feel particularly feminist. In this case the main character is beautiful, smart and successful but without love she is incomplete. The male love interest treats her really badly but she can't stop thinking about him because they have a "special connection" even though they don't know each other at all. These are all things that drive me crazy in most novels and I DON'T CARE! I love...
  • Andreea
    The discovery of the apartment in Paris that hasn’t been opened for 70 years was extensively covered by online articles. At the moment I thought it a fascinating story and wondered how this happened and what kind of life those people had. I’m happy that Karen Swan was also captivated by this and decided to write a book based on this story.She takes the characters from London to Paris and Vienna, unearthing the secrets of the Vermeils, while m...
  • Habiba Anwar
    This book took me to a world entirely unfamiliar to me: Paris, art, the super rich. On the plus side, I really like the pace of the author's writing; the story doesn't drag at all, and there's enough mystery to keep you hooked, but not so much that it becomes thriller-esque! The background story involving Nazi Europe was unexpected, but actually worked really well. The one thing I found a little disappointing was not enough of an exploration of P...
  • Shamsa
    I gave it 3.5/5 stars it was enjoyable I thought it would be your typical book with a secret something so simple and easy to figure out. To my surprise it was interesting and with a historical twist and a love story so it was enjoyable in many ways.
  • Cressida McLaughlin
    Stunning, wonderful escapism, with a dark edge and enough twists, turns and romance to keep your heart skipping as you read it. Karen Swan is a master storyteller and this book is amazing. I find myself blinking, surprised to be in my living room instead of beautiful Paris. I LOVED it.
  • Beth
    3.5 stars from me. While it was very solid read, it definitely didn't grab me as much as her other books have. Still a very enjoyable book though and I thought the mystery mixed with history was intriguing. I'll continue to read Karen Swan for sure.
  • Lesley
    I really did enjoy this book. I thought the characters were engaging and developed in line with the story. Intrigue and romance with a thread of history and a rich setting made this a compelling read for me.
  • Medina
    Like everything Karen creates, this was wonderful. Such a great read!
  • Diane
    Love this story!
  • Janine
    This was probably 3.5 stars as it was an interesting read but I couldn't really relate to the characters and the romance was just weird.
  • Ailish Fitzgerald
    Well I absolutely adored this latest book from Karen Swan. She never disappoints and I know I always say it after every book but this one is my favorite (till the next one!)First off the cover is beautiful and very striking with a backdrop of Paris. For this novel Karen Swan drew inspiration from an event which made the French headlines several years ago in a Parisian apartment which had only been discovered - it had been locked since the war...