In The Expats by Chris Pavone, Kate Moore is tired of living a double life. Working for the CIA while keeping it a secret from her husband is starting to catch up to her. So when her husband announces he has received a job offer in Luxembourg, Kate jumps at the chance to leave her secret world behind. Everything is fine until her husband starts acted suspiciously and working extra hours. When a mysterious American couple arrives in Luxembourg, Kate finds herself pulled back into a world of secrets and lies.
This novel has very polarizing reviews. Some people love it while others hate it. Overall, I thought it was a good read, but it’s not the spy novel it’s described as. This is more of a novel about secrets, and the main character just happens to be an ex-spy.
I found this book gripping from the very beginning. It’s written like a mystery and I was curious to see how everything would unravel. The book jumps back-and-forth from “today” to Kate’s time in Luxembourg to her time as a CIA operative. Not much is given away as the book unfolds, and I found myself wondering exactly what was going on until the very end (although it wasn’t written in a confusing way). I thought Kate’s experiences as an expat were pretty true-to-life and it was interesting to read about an American family living and working in Europe. There isn’t a whole lot of spying going on in the book, more investigating and trying to uncover the truth. Just when I thought things were revealed, something else was added to the mix. I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself unable to put it down at times. I thought the final plot reveal was smart and made sense. This is definitely worth a read if you like mysteries and unraveling secrets, but don’t expect a true spy novel.
4 out of 5.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.