Bookwomyn, May 28, 2012 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I would not rate this book quite as high as the other reviewers did only because it needed a really good editor which is interesting because Pavone is a book editor. The story itself is good and certainly different than most of what is on the market currently. I found it interesting that Patricia Cornwall did a jacket blurb for the book because some of Pavone's writing that I found exasperating is very similar to Cornwall's. Many times there are strings of repetitive actions which don't contribute to the story at all and just get annoying after a while. But, that said, it's worth your time and a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon on the beach. I certainly would not compare this author to LaCarre!
Marjorie Fuller, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by Marjorie Fuller)
The Expats didn't quite live up to all the hype considering the publicity during pre-release and comments on the dust jacket, but overall it is a fast and exciting read. The mysterious life of spies galavanting through glamorous European cities is irresistible and hard to put down. Beware that the author overuses the flashback and flashforward, so if you do put the book down it can be hard to remember where you are in time when you pick it back up again. The plot is predictable shortly into the book, but even if you can guess what will happen it is fun to see how the author takes you to that point. I am looking forward to more from Chris Pavone, hopefully more Expats adventures.
Tim Lewis, April 4, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
The pace of The Expats made it difficult to put down, with secrets being doled out bit by bit until I couldn’t stand to wait for the next revelation. Kate was believable as a spy, and the characters worked in creating a kernel of doubt about their trustworthiness. The Expats is a nonstop ride of distrust with suspicion being placed on everyone. What Chris Pavone has done is create a spy thriller that is accessible enough that just about anyone can get into, but that diehard fans of the genre will probably enjoy even more. If you’re looking to get sucked into a mystery with the truth just out of reach, look no further.
Kate Moore is an expat mom living the expat life. In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, her days are filled with play-dates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret—one that’s become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her neat little expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; plus her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
Intricate, riveting, and surprising, The Expats is a debut thriller of the highest caliber.
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