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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Lies, Larceny, and Lechery in Luxembourg, January 28, 2012
This review is from: The Expats: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Because of the information already included on the Amazon page for this product, it should not be a surprise to anyone that espionage plays a part in this novel, so I will admit without fear of giving spoilers that I have always loved novels related to espionage. However, I have never read one in which the protagonist was female, and espionage is not really the main story in this novel.

In keeping with my desire to not give spoilers, I will refrain from explaining character backgrounds and major plot points, at least with any specificity.

Kate, the protagonist, is married to Dexter, and they both have each other fooled, to very different extents, and in very different ways. They have a commitment to each other that transcends the deceptions, and both have very good reasons for their deceptions, though perhaps not reasons with which everyone will have sympathy.

The plot is one with many twists -- a veritable roller-coaster ride -- and takes the reader across various countries and continents, mundane and exotic. It also jumps back and forth in time enough to cause vertigo.

The only serious weak point of the novel, in my opinion, is that the author has the characters' actions mostly occur in their memories, rather than simply showing us all of the action as it occurs. A great deal of the story, action or back-story, is simply explained in dialogue, which is not ideal, but it is still quite interesting.

In my copy, it is stated that this book is "being developed for major theatrical release by CBS films." I think the story lends itself well to a movie version, and possibly will be even stronger as such, but there is little doubt that Pavone is a talented writer (a former editor and ghostwriter), and I expect to see much more of his work.

The strongest recommendation I can give for this novel is that if there were a sequel, I would read it.
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2012 2:17:48 PM PDT
JEAN H. CARR says:
I read a review in our local paper and it gave it an excellent review and it interested me, but when I read your review I decided not to get the kindle e-book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 6:06:10 AM PDT
Joy Snook says:
I read this book and could not put it down. I lovedit and will read more of Chis work in the futurel

Posted on May 26, 2013 2:15:54 PM PDT
Not even finished the book yet, but cannot wait to relish bedtime reading of it and am losing sleep, as I find it impossible to put it down. Flicking back and forth in Kate's history ,the suspense and action bring to mind John Le Carre and Gerald Seymour. Agree with previous review that this is about fragile relationships, in addition to espionage. A brilliant first novel for Chris. Pavone!

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 8:37:23 AM PDT
Don Black says:
it really lacks any feel for the book, maybe its the desire to not create spoilers, but it is weak
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