The Expats by Chris Pavone

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18 Critic Reviews

Mr. Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages... The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations.
-NY Times

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
EDGAR AWARD WINNER  *  ANTHONY AWARD WINNER
BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENT

Can we ever escape our secrets?

In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret—one that's become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established 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.   
   Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent, and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.

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About Chris Pavone

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Chris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Cornell. For nearly two decades he was a book editor and ghostwriter; he is also the author of The Wine Log. Chris and his family have lived in Luxembourg, but recently returned to New York City. The Expats is his first novel.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Broadway Books. 338 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 18 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Dec 04 2011

A thoroughly competent and enjoyable thriller with unanticipated twists that will keep readers guessing till the end.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Mar 11 2012

Mr. Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages... The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Mar 10 2012

Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiralling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double crossing, The Expats certainly doesn't feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on May 23 2012

a very enjoyable fresh take on the male dominated espionage novel.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Mar 23 2012

one of those (relatively) rare thriller novels that will appeal to men and women in equal measure.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephan Lee on Mar 19 2012

full, bombshell-a-minute pace. And Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero in Kate Moore.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Apr 08 2012

In commercial fiction, fanciful thrills trump boring old logic every time, and fine writing, while permitted, is not really the point.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Bray on Mar 16 2012

It’s so cunningly constructed and so fiendishly clever that I think I could read it a third time and find new ways of being bamboozled.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
Mar 17 2012

Elegantly written, with beautifully drawn characters and suspense dripping from every page, The Expats is a wonderfully confident debut.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Vince Cosgrove on Mar 04 2012

a refreshingly original thriller, melding the best the genre offers with his own style and approach

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Red Room

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Burchfield on Apr 21 2012

When Kate’s real enemy stands revealed, I merely shrugged and fought not to hurry to the end.

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AARP

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis on Mar 27 2012

so well crafted it feels like a machine designed to activate the pleasure centers of anybody raised on post-Bond espionage tales.

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Herald Sun

Excellent
Reviewed by Corinna Hente on Mar 03 2012

A strong, wonderfully paranoid debut thriller with a satisfying number of twists and turns.

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Prague Post

Below average
Reviewed by Jack Buehrer on Apr 25 2012

But as the mysteries... begin to unravel, one realizes the novel could have survived with the one big caper that should have been central to the story's climax. Instead, it feels like an afterthought

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Alison Skap on May 21 2012

Lukewarm...when it comes to breaking a book apart - the characters, the predictability, the inconsistencies, I could very easily be all over this one.  I don't want to pull it apart, though, because I did like it.  I just didn't love it.

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Life by Candlelight

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Mar 29 2012

I found this book to be very readable. I was drawn in by the story and I loved the complexity of Kate's life and all the secretiveness surrounding it.

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A Worn Path

Good
Reviewed by Joanna on Apr 16 2012

Pavone does an excellent job of keeping the reader in the dark...it is an effective trick of plot, one that causes this debut to become quite the page-turner.

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Amy's Book Obsession Blog

Good
Reviewed by Amy Melniczenko on May 23 2012

it's definitely an interesting concept that intrigued me from page one!

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