Title: The Paris Effect
Author: K.S.R. Burns
Pages: 264 pages
Plot: Friendship, loss and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised #1 Amazon Best Seller!
Amy and Kat had planned a secret trip to Paris. Even Amy’s husband wouldn’t know about it. But when Amy loses Kat to cancer, she knows the plan is gone forever. Or is it?
Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoenix, Amy sneaks off to Paris while her husband is away on a business trip. Once there, she’s robbed, stalked, arrested and almost kidnapped. Worse, she finds that all her problems have come right along with her.
Through her adventures, laced with luscious descriptions of food and Paris, Amy learns that often in life, love and friendship, nothing is exactly as it seems. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light.
‘The Paris Effect’ is a story of self discovery and second chances. The story is narrated from our protagonist Amy’s point of view. The book starts of when Amy is home from her best friend, Kat’s funeral and all she wants to do is eat to her heart’s content but is reminded of her self-made diet rules. She is in her late twenties, with eating disorders, married to William who is obsessed with numbers. Amy had always been fascinated with Paris. It is like her wonderland. Kat and Amy make a plan to visit Paris secretly without anyone’s knowledge, even Amy’s husbands. Demises of Kat due to a prolonged illness, leaves Amy heartbroken and after quite a lot of resistance, Amy decides to visit the city of lights by herself.
Amy at first is very skeptical and conscious about spending time alone in Paris, she even contemplates this to be a bad idea until she meets certain Parisians and decides to be spontaneous and live life for once. Amy’s character seems very timid and skeptical at the beginning but various experiences in Paris change her life. She discovers a lot about herself and her close ones. Shocking revelations are made which prove to be a turning point in Amy’s life.
A lot of French was used in the book, some phrases explained in English and few were to be self explained or assumed by the actions. For someone like me who doesn’t know anything apart from ‘Bonjour’ in French, I felt like I missed out on a few things. Inspite of that I liked the narration and was able to connect with Amy, most of the times. But I found her and even Willam to be very selfish and I am even surprised that they managed to remain married for so long. There was no particular character I really liked but the story as a whole is quite interesting.
PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.