“An international thriller, The Expats is the story of a seemingly ordinary working mom, Kate Moore, whose husband, Dexter, is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg—a move that will unravel everything they believed about each other. Kate and Dexter have struggled to make ends meet, so they jump at the chance to start a new life abroad with the promise of rich rewards. But Kate has been leading a double life, and leaving America forces her to abandon her dangerous but heroic job.
She soon discovers that it will be harder than she thought to shed her past, especially while coping with the weight of an unbearable secret. Dexter seems to be keeping secrets of his own, working long hours for a banking client whose name he can’t reveal. When another American couple befriends them, Kate begins to peel back the layers of deception that surround her, revealing a heart-stopping con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.”
This New York Times Bestseller was one I was very excited to receive and review. I love a good mystery and I really enjoy this genre of book as well. However, with The Expats by Chris Pavone I found a difficult entry point of interest. The story was fractured with differing timeline & locale narratives interwoven throughout. It’s hard to be engulfed into a story when the perspective is always changing. I appreciate a good back story within in a story but not a constant shift in the flow of the book.
In conclusion, The Expats was “ok” though I can’t recommend it as a great read. I’ve read better books that carried the reader through the mystery with much more ease & transitions but this book also wasn’t a disaster. I appreciated the detail of description for the city of Luxembourg & Europe. I now want to visit it!
Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.