The Expats

A Novel
Pavone, Chris (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Expats

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An international spy thriller about a former CIA agent who moves with her family to Luxembourg where everything is suspicious and nothing is as it seems.
Authors: Pavone, Chris
Title: The expats
a novel
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 327 p. ;,24 cm.
Summary: An international spy thriller about a former CIA agent who moves with her family to Luxembourg where everything is suspicious and nothing is as it seems.
Local Note: NEW
ISBN: 9780307956354
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Pavone
Subject Headings: Americans Luxembourg Fiction. Adventure and adventurers Fiction. Americans Europe Fiction. Family secrets Fiction. Extortion Fiction. Luxembourg Fiction.
Genre/Form: Spy stories.
Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Americans
Adventure and adventurers
Family secrets
LCCN: 2011046207
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List - NPL Fiction in Europe by: Northbrook_Readers Jul 06, 2013


A spy novel masquerading as domestic fiction, or domestic fiction disguised as a spy novel? Both descriptions work for this story that keeps the reader and Kate—wife, mother, former CIA agent—off balance. Kate and her family have recently moved to Luxembourg for her husband Dexter’s new job i... Read More »

Comment by: DesPlainesReaders Mar 28, 2012

There has been too much attention paid to this marital drama posing as a spy thriller. Skip it. lascorpia/WeAreSpartacus

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May 21, 2013
  • JCLKatyW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

This book was a disappointment. I like espionage but this one doesn/t quite make it. The text was somewhat choppy and the going back & forth in time was confusing and distracting. The suspense built up in the middle and that was the best read although towards the end it became contrite with a "yeah right" conclusion. Too bad because the story and locale were interesting but the story needed tightening.

Jan 24, 2013
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 27, 2012
  • smhenry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved the pace and tone of the book. Great thriller in international environments. A great read! I cant wait to read more from Chris Pavone one day!

Aug 14, 2012
  • libbyez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great summer read, especially if you like international settings and mysteries....

Jul 30, 2012
  • JW150 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one sitting. It's about a woman who is tired of her life and has the ability to reinvent herself when her husband is offered a job in Europe. If you enjoy mysteries where nobody appears to be who they say they are, you will like this book. It jumps around in time and that works as a literary technique for this book.

Jul 23, 2012
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a terrific spy novels with lots of twists. I don't read many of this genre but this was definitely worth reading and I look forward to more from this author.

Jul 12, 2012
  • cordick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great spy thriller set in Luxembourg with realistic characters! Somewhat reminded me of TV show "Alias" Riveting read!

Jul 10, 2012
  • SFCohen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not your run-of-the-mill espionage novel. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right up 'til the end.

Jul 02, 2012
  • shapjul rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Terrific summer read. Told in interlocking sections that cover one day in the present and a period of months two years earlier. It's great to figure out how the two fit together. Interesting plotting--good twists and turns.

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