The Expats

The Expats

Paperback - 2016
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Can we ever escape our secrets?
 
Kate Moore's quiet Luxembourg days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends in Paris and skiing the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous secret--one that's becoming so unbearable it begins to unravel her new expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be, her husband is acting suspiciously, and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780451498946
0451498941

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jenniferrabbit
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.

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p_snoop
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.

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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.

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gsh7768
Aug 23, 2016

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

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falconroom
Jun 14, 2016

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

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cogina
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.

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lpreston214
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.

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Winnipeg1
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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