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, 2012
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307956354
Branch Call Number: FIC Pavon 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 372 p


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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.

Sonja Vanek
Sep 02, 2016

I found the type style depicting the different times of the plot helpful, once it became obvious what it signified. The story was well woven together, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns. The characters are well rounded, the story ticks along nicely. I will look to read more of this author.

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?

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Aug 12, 2015

Kate is a CIA operative who resigns from her job to follow her husband to Luxembourg for his banking job. Although Kate wants to live an expat life in Europe with her husband and two sons, she can never fully escape her CIA past. Nothing is as it seems in this novel, as twist after twist occurs right up until the last page.

JCLKatyW May 21, 2013

The story itself was great! I loved Kate's struggle with leaving the CIA and becoming a housewife only to find out her old life has followed her. It kept my interest all the way through. It was a little confusing the the storyline keeps switching between different times and parts of story. I was able to get used to the shifts, but sometimes they were a little abrupt.

Mar 25, 2013

Kate is a wife and mom who just happens to be a former CIA agent. When the family moves to Luxembourg for a great job opportunity and chance to make lot of money she finds she's not happy as a full-time mom. Good book all the way around with a plot with tons of twists and turns and great characters. Only thing I find funny is that although husband Dexter is acting veeerrry suspicious Kate clings to her resolve not to investigate him. Show me a wife who would not use all the tools at her disposal to find out what her husband is up to! Impossible.

Jan 24, 2013

What tripe. Unbelievable characters, the writer constantly & confusingly jumping about in time & place. everyone smugly amoral. Yech.

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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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