Review: The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats 

by Chris Pavone

Kate Moore is an expect mum, mewly transplanted from Washington DC. In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, her days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris or skiing in the Alps. Kate is also guarding a secret – one so momentous it could destroy her neat little expat life. She also suspects that another American coupke are not who they claim to be, and her husband is acting suspiciously. As she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, terrified her past is catching up with her.

As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of those around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage and her life.

I enjoyed this book for what it was, a fast packed action, crime thriller. The story centers around Kate, who is so incredibly bored in her new role of stay at home Mum, especially as she has recently resigned as a CIA expert. She suspects that she is reading too much into her new friends, but just can’t shake the feeling that there is more to the new move than she first thought. Her husband has become secretive and a workaholic, but she feels that she can’t ask him for an explanation due to the fact that she kept her CIA work a secret for so many years.

The book is well written, with lots of twists and turns, but I personally felt it lacked a little bit of depth, however I don’t read many crime/thriller books so may have been expecting too much from it as a genre.

Published by: Allen and Unwin

Recommended Retail Price $29.99

Recommended Age: 18+

My Rating: 3.5/5

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