The Expats: A Novel by Chris Pavone
Release date: 2013 / 352 pages
Synopsis(from Amazon): At first glance, Kate Moore is an ordinary American expat mom whose days are filled with coffee mornings and the mundane demands of childcare. But Kate is also guarding a secret: until recently she’d been leading a double life as a CIA agent, traveling the globe on increasingly dangerous covert missions. After her job drives her to commit an unforgivable act, Kate is ready for a less eventful life, and her husband Dexter’s new job as a financial systems security consultant in Luxembourg provides the perfect exit strategy. But still she remains unable to bring herself to reveal her secret to him.
Review: Fans of international intrigue would enjoy Pavone’s Expats. I agreed to read this due to the setting of Luxembourg, where my husband’s ancestors originated. I rarely read this genre – or any mystery or thrillers – so I’m a bit of a “newby.”
When I began the novel, I assumed the author was female (“Chris”) but could tell after about 50 pages that this was most likely not true. The protagonist was female but felt quite male, and I was not surprised when I turned to the back jacket that Chris Pavone was indeed male. Kate’s voice and thoughts were not authentically female, which was a bit distracting.
But the plot was fast-paced and suspenseful and fans of this genre would not be disappointed. The Expats could easily become a successful action-adventure movie – due to the setting, plot twists and turns and interesting character dynamics.
So, while Expats did not encourage me to seek more of this genre, I do believe fans would enjoy it.
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