The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

The Paris Secret

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 asses these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and just who has concealed them...

Details The Paris Secret

TitleThe Paris Secret
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Art

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...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Zoe
    Compelling, emotional and deliciously mysterious!This is a riveting tale that sweeps us into the glamorous world of art and takes us on a journey to find the true provenance of precious paintings that have been concealed for decades.The story is predominantly set in Paris during both the latter part of WWII, as well as present day and is filled with mystique, familial drama, heartbreak, secrets, deception, history, abuse, self discovery, exotic l...
  • 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...
  • Tracey
    a wonderful read. I remember when they found all the art in the apartment in Paris a few years ago. to create this wonderful novel out of this story , is sheer inspiration. I really liked all the characters , even natascha. In places I was close to tears at the story told and the imagination of such past events. the description of the art has been a pleasure to read too. if you like art , you like history then pick up this book and read it. I rea...
  • Nora|KnyguDama
    Esu tikra - kiekvienam knygų mylėtojui, į atostogas pasiimtos knygos prie viso poilsio gėrio prisideda didele dalim. Pasiėmei geras knygas - ir poilsis turiningesnis, smagesni. O jei knygos "nelimpa" prie dūšios, tai ir tos laisvos dienos ne tokios saldžios. Šį kartą Dievulis ar kokios literatūros fėjos, man nepašykštėjo šito džiaugsmo! Kaip tik traukiu naują knygą iš lagamino, taip ir nebegaliu atsiplėšt nuo pat pirmo pusl...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    The Paris Secret is a well-crafted and gripping story borrowed from a real-life Paris headline. Karen Swan writing is superb and she skillfully transports us from London to Paris to Vienna to Antibes. The characters are all unique and well-developed, but I really loved Flora’s character. It’s a truly enjoyable read which had me from the moment the dusty footprints were found on the parquet floor. I particularly like the book’s theme of fami...
  • Milena
    The Paris Secret is a story set in the world of high stakes art dealings and a fictional account (based on true historical events) of artworks confiscated/stolen by the Nazis during WW2 that were found in present time in an abandoned Parisian apartment. I really enjoyed this book, I found it suspenseful and at times very intense. I love Ms. Swan's writing style, it's is very engaging, the book sucked me in from the first page and didn't let go. I...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Vicky Ball
    It was all going so well until the last 100 pages. Then "romance" turned up and spoilt the mystery story.
  • Manuela
    Noioso, senza guizzi.
  • Stambergadinchiostro
    http://stambergadinchiostro.altervist...Cari lettori,è con grande picare che condivido con voi una delle mie ultime letture, Il segreto di Parigi di Karen Swan; il romanzo è uscito il 29 giugno ed è edito da Newton Compton. Il romanzo è ispirato ad un fatto reale accaduto a Parigi nel 2010, si tratta della scoperta di un misterioso appartamento abbandonato dai proprietari durante la seconda guerra mondiale. Se volete scoprirne di più sul fat...
  • 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
    1970-01-01 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...