Friday, February 18, 2011

The Paris Secret

Angela Henry

Less than twenty-four hours after fleeing to Paris, Maya Sinclair is the prime suspect in a brutal murder—and targeted by the real killer. When she's viciously attacked in the gardens of Versailles, Maya barely escapes with her life thanks to sexy French journalist Simon Girard.

Simon has been investigating the mysterious death of his brother, an art forger with ties to the woman Maya is suspected of killing. Still healing from heartbreak of his own, Simon reluctantly joins forces with Maya, who has awakened feelings within him he thought long dead.

Their search for answers uncovers the existence of a secret society, and puts them on a quest to find a missing crucifix rumored to hold the key to everlasting life. Together, Maya and Simon race through Paris one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to ensure some secrets remain buried forever...

My Take:  

What started out as a "my fiance cheated on/dumped me and now I'm off to find myself in an exotic city" chiclit turned seamlessly into an Indiana Jones/DaVinci Code hybrid with just a pinch of Sister Act tossed in.  Odd combo, yes, but it works.  A lot of stuff is thrown at you in this book, but it is all introduced in a way that you aren't lost at all.  It is easy to follow and very exciting.  I am really really good at predicting twist endings, and I didn't totally predict how this book played out, so kudos to Angela Henry.  I also think Angela Henry did a great job of creating a wonderful setting and mood.  I have to say, Paris has never been a place I've ever really been interested in visiting.  I don't know why, but it just doesn't float my boat like say maybe London or Venice.  But the sights, sounds and smells of Paris in The Paris Secret have most definitely piqued my interest in The City of Love.  I'd recommend this book to just about anyone who likes a good mystery/thriller.  It is fast paced, there's a touch of romance and history, the characters are solid and there are not a few twists.  Really, the only thing the book lacked was resonance.  That intangible something that keeps you thinking about it long after you've finished, but it was definitely a page turner (or clicker since I read it on my Kindle :).  I really enjoyed The Paris Secret, and am therefore giving it a rating of a good solid 3, Find a Used Book Store

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If The Paris Secret was a movie it would likely be rated R for violence, sexual content, and language

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Angela Henry said...

Thanks for the review! I'm happy you enjoyed it ; ).

Maria Papadopoulou said...

I think it is powerful enough to keep you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. Will purchase it soon.

Maria Papadopoulou: Author of the Poetry book: From Hell With Love Blog:

Wendy said...

That sounds pretty good. I'll look into buying that one!

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

It sounds like a great book--one I'd probably enjoy reading. :) I'm following from book blogs.

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Kate the Book Buff said...

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