The Expats

The Expats

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The international thriller that Patricia Cornwell says is "bristling with suspense" about an American abroad who finds herself in complex web of intrigue.

Can We Ever Escape Our Secrets?

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.
She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn't speak, doing the housewifely things she's never before done--playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she's not allowed to know. He's becoming distant and evasive; she's getting lonely and bored.
Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she's terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9780307956354
Characteristics: 327 p. ;,25 cm.


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Sep 30, 2019

Maybe the Paris Diversion will be the Pavone book that gets me in his camp. The Travelers and The Expats were mildly entertaining. Strike one, strike two,....

Jul 29, 2019

The reader knows where the story is going, so the author puts in surprises. A fun read, but too many surprises.

Mar 29, 2019

July book

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 05, 2018

Kate Moore is a working mother of two, writing position papers for the State Department, married to a pleasant computer security expert. Her husband, Dexter, gets a prime European consultant job in Luxembourg, so she quits her job, they move to Europe, and she gets involved with the other expatriate wives. Except no one is who other people think they are. Kate is ex-CIA and her husband and her friends also have pasts that are secret from Kate.

Pavone’s sharply written first novel is a clever combination of domestic drama and spy thriller, with the unusual casting of a female spy in the lead. He tells his story in jump cuts back and forth to four different time periods, so the reader is always picking up half-clues and false clues, while the suspense builds slowly to a great twist ending. I don’t read many spy novels, but this has a very different feel to it. It kept me riveted the entire way.

Sep 02, 2018

There is a big morality question here concerning the heroine, the full import of which you don't realize till the end, where you get that feeling like you stepped in you-know-what. But all in all, rather engrossing. There are many flash- backs and flash- forwards - years, months, hours, which can get rather confusing/exasperating.

Aug 07, 2017

Ex-CIA operative quits and never tells her husband she’d been involved in spying and assassination. They have two children, move to Luxemburg, and a couple of their new friends act a little weird. Strangely, I liked the book better in retrospect than I did while I was reading it. The narrative timeline was confusing, the main character whiney and annoying, a lot of description of shopping, cleaning, socializing. On the other hand the description of France and Luxemburg was interesting and well-done and in the end I feel the scrambled timeline was, in fact, successful in inserting clues non-obviously into the story… as the novel wound up I had figured out several plot elements but the pell-mell ending still held surprises for me.

May 11, 2017

Chris Pavone's originality made this book fun to read. Hope he writes another book starring Kate her husband Dexter and CIA operative Hayden.

Aug 23, 2016

read and enjoyed. Would read again but not just now.

Jun 14, 2016

Interesting plot & concept but very difficult to read...the "twists & turns" need to be in the plot & not in the labyrinthian please take Creative Writing 101; rinse & repeat until Writing comes out clearer!!

Oct 30, 2015

The book starts out great and the premise is pretty good. But Kate is an ex-CIA and the author continuously has her as a mom/wife who gets emotional about getting ready to lie to whomever is listening in yet can shoot someone between the eyes??? The continuity is not there and unfortunately after 75% of the book I gave up. One star maybe?

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May 01, 2017

He was in Brussels for the birth of the EU, the dissolution of borders, the euro. Back to Germany when the whole continent started to respond to the influx of Muslims, the reassertion of reactionary forces. the reemergence of nationalism... (P 121) Copyright 2012 This woke me up to changes brewing five years ago.

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