Review: The Paris Secret by Angela Henry

Filed in Angela Henry , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on February 4, 2011 @ 11:00 am 9 comments

Format read: ebook
Release Date: 17 January 2011
Formats available: ebook
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon


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 Thoughts: The Paris Secret is the new Da Vinci Code infused with a bit of romance and featuring a female protagonist. Maya is the American girl next door, after a bad breakup she flies off to Paris to get herself together and mend her broken heart with a trip to the City of Love. Instead of romantic candlelit boat cruising on the Seine, after she discovers the body of her murdered hotel roommate she not only becomes the main suspect in the police investigation but the real killer is also chasing her across Paris to silence her forever. Her only associate and helper in her flight is Simon Girard, an incredibly handsome French reporter who wants to uncover the identity of his brother’s murderer.
Besides the thrill of Maya and Simon’s getaway adventure and battle against time, the excitement of uncovering clues and the history of a secret society, and the steamy attraction between Maya and Simon what I enjoyed the most in the novel was the virtual tour of Paris Angela Henry gave the reader. I have been several times to Paris and through Angela Henry’s descriptions of Paris’ cobblestone winding streets, the métro or historical sights, I felt like I was really there with Maya, soaking up the athmosphere of the city with a café au lait and a pain au chocolat.
Reading Simon and Maya’s interactions was very entertaining, the chemistry between them is palpable and just imagining Simon speaking with his French temperament in that sexy and funny English spoken with that characteristic accent makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, mmm 🙂 The sex scenes were steamy without being too graphic, and exactly because of that held a note of excitement.
My only complaint is that I felt the conclusion a bit rushed. It whooshed by me, I would have liked the explanation of the killer/mystery and their reasons to be a bit more explored in detail.
Verdict: The Paris Secret has the perfect mix of suspense and romance to keep you biting your nails and make you stay up until dawn. And if that wasn’t enough, the virtual tour of Paris Angela Henry gives the reader is wonderful! The experience of The Paris Secret could only be enhanced more if 1) it were made into an illustrated book with photos of the real Paris scenery where the scene is taking place, or 2) if you were reading it while being in Paris! 🙂

I give The Paris Secret 4 bookies!

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Angela Henry February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you, Stella! I'm so a happy you enjoyed it ; ).

  • Lynette February 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I actually just bought this. I'm going to have to bump it up on my list. Thank you for the review!

  • LSUReader February 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    This is a new author and book for me. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I enjoyed your review.

  • Chelsea B. February 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Ohh! This book sounds fabulous!

  • Bea February 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I was looking at this book; I'll have to give it a try.

  • Bea February 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I was looking at this book; I'll have to give it a try.

  • Stella (Ex Libris) February 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

    @Angela Henry: well thank you Angela for writing such an entertaining book, it was a thrill to read! 😀

    @Lynette I'm sure you'll enjoy it, it feels like a very fast paced action/thriller movie 🙂

    @LSUReader, Chelsea and Bea: You should give it a try, Angela Henry really transports you to Paris!

  • Sarah February 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Sounds like a great book – thanks for the review! I've added it to my wishlist 🙂

    smaccall @

  • natalie23 February 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    This looks like another one for my ebook wishlist. Thanks for the review, it really made the book seem interesting.

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