Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Expats by Chris Pavone

About the Book: The Expats (Crown, 6 March 2012)

Ex-CIA agent Kate moves to Luxembourg with her husband who is starting a new job. Life as a housewife and stay-at-home mother of two is not all it's cracked up to be and her husband is definitely keeping something from her. 



What I Think

This book has everything you want from a thriller: easy to read, pacy and unpredictable. Pavone makes good use of non-chronological order to keep the reader hooked. The big action is happening 'today', but each chapter has only a snippet of today's events and then it jumps back to a previous time. This builds suspense as you want to keep reading to find out what's happening. 

Each of the four main characters has a deep secret. As Kate is trying to unravel the details of her husband's seemingly unethical world, she desperately tries to keep a lid on her own dark past. 

About the Author



Chris Pavone (born 1968) grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was an editor at book-publishing houses in New York for fifteen years. In 2008, he moved with his wife and boys to Luxembourg for two years, before they returned to New York. 

8 comments:

  1. I first saw this book at the Hong Kong airport and was intrigued by its title. Back in the US, I read it for a book group and enjoyed it. I thought he did a great job of bringing the reader into Luxembourg and Paris. I read that he's writing another novel and look forward to reading that, too!

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    1. Hi Susan, thanks so much for commenting. That must've been the fastest response ever! I thought he did a good job of describing Luxembourg and Paris and I really enjoyed how the story slowly unraveled. I will definitely read his next one!

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  2. Hey there! Saw you on Book Blogs! New follower. I've always wanted to visit Hong Kong.

    ~Alise
    http://www.readerswonderland.com/

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    1. Hey Alise! Thanks very much for reading, commenting and following! I'm now following you back!! Hong Kong is amazing! I hope you make it here one day as it's well worth a visit :)

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  3. I love a good thriller this one sounds like it going in my tbr thanks for sharing:-)

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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  4. An endorsement by John Grisham and a good review by Laura Besley are great prompts for any reader to go out and buy a copy of "The Expats" ...

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    1. That comment made me smile - nicely put!

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