The Expats

The Expats

Chris Pavone / Feb 21, 2020

The Expats Kate Moore is a working mother struggling to make ends meet to raise children to keep a spark in her marriage and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life defining secret So when her husband is

  • Title: The Expats
  • Author: Chris Pavone
  • ISBN: 9780307956354
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life defining secret So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double life, to start anew.She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her waKate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life defining secret So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double life, to start anew.She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn t speak, doing the housewifely things she s never before done play dates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and unending laundry Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, doing a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she s not allowed to know He s becoming distant and evasive she s getting lonely and bored.Then another American couple arrives Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they claim to be, and terrified that her own past is catching up to her So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money a complex web of intrigue where no one is who they claim to be, and the most profound deceptions lurk beneath the most normal looking of relationships and a mind boggling long play con threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.

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    About "Chris Pavone"

      • Chris Pavone

        CHRIS PAVONE is author of three national bestselling thrillers THE EXPATS, which won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, was translated into 20 languages, and is being developed by CBS Films THE ACCIDENT, another New York Times bestseller and most recently THE TRAVELERS, an IndieNext bestseller that has been optioned by DreamWorks Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell University, and held editorial positions in publishing for nearly two decades he also wrote a mostly blank book about wine, and ghost wrote a couple of books Then his wife got a job in Luxembourg, and the family moved abroad, where Chris raised their twin boys and started writing fiction They now live again in New York City and on the North Fork of Long Island.


    1. I don't know how to say "lukewarm" in Luxembourgish, but that was my response to the book. The story has a lot of structural problems that could have been cleared up with aggressive editing. Part I is a complete mess structurally, changing venues and time frames every page or two, sometimes every couple of paragraphs. This makes it hard to follow and keep track of the people and narrative pathways. It does smooth out later in the book, but is still in need of reorganization. Chris Pavone had an [...]

    2. This book is a perfect example of why I do not put any stock into the endorsements on the book jacket from other authors. The book jacket for this novel has glowing quotes from John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell among others. After reading this book I am convinced that these quotes are just paid for endorsements without the author really reading this book because this book was horrible. It was boring, the writing was pedestrian, the characters were one dimensional, and there was zero suspense. T [...]

    3. Should you be honest with your spouse? Is your spouse being honest with you? Are you SURE?"Okay," she said. "I'll bite: WHY would we move to Luxembourg?""To make lots of money, and travel around Europe all the time." And there it was, the full, unrestrained smile. "Just like we always dreamed." The open look of a man who harbored no secrets, and didn't admit the possibility that other people did. This was what Katherine valued above all else in her husband.Everyone has secrets. It's just that so [...]

    4. Presumably the main purpose of a thriller is to provide thrills -- unfortunately, this one does not. I have no earthly idea why John Grisham's blurb compares it to "the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Robert Ludlum" because not only is it not in the same league, it's not in the same sport. Christopher Reich's blurb makes the claim that the book is a "jet-fueled story that rockets from one corner of the globe to another." This is curious characterization of a book where the act [...]

    5. I was excited to read this book given all the good press which it had received. And I had not read a top notch spy novel in quite some time. By the time I finished this book, however, I concluded that I had read a good spy novel but not a very compelling one. First of all, the story was written through the eyes of Kat (or Kate), a former CIA agent who quits her career and moves to Luxembourg with her husband and two small children. She then begins to discover that her husband is not entirely wha [...]

    6. WARNING - THIS REVIEW INCLUDES SEVERAL SPOILERS: Having myself lived in Brussels for a few years with my family as expats, I'll give Mr. Pavone credit for nailing those portions of the story. I really enjoyed his highlighting many of the joys, surprises, annoyances and other telling details of living as a foreigner in northern Europe, (which according to the book's jacket the author himself did). However, while he does well with those sections written from experience, he is much less successful [...]

    7. How can there be so much difference of opinion about the same book? Simple: it's all in what you see in it. If you're looking for a spy thriller, you're going to be a bit disappointed. Yes, this is about covert ops and cyber crime, but that's almost incidental. What the story is really about is secrets. What do you do when you have secrets? How do you act? How do you feel? How long do you keep them? How do you reveal them? What if you know someone's secret but have to act as if you don't? And mo [...]

    8. I received this book as a Firstreads novel and I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to read it. As an Expat myself, I was especially intrigued by the parallels I could draw with the author having myself spent 2 years in the Netherlands. The descriptions of Amsterdam and the Dutch were spot-on! Down to the minutest detail was neat to read that the author's first impressions of the canals, the cobblestoned streets, the parking proceduresequalled ours. To quote a paragraph from the book:"The can [...]

    9. Wow, this book was amazing! Kate Moore has worked in the CIA for close to fifteen years, but somehow managed to keep the whole thing a secret from her husband. After he suggests a move overseas, she decides it’s time to quit and devote her time to raising their young children, but strange things begin happening and Kate isn’t sure who or what she can trust.This is a must-read for anyone who loves spy thrillers, and especially anyone who loves twists and turns and lies and questions of real o [...]

    10. “Everyday eBook.” If there’s one novel in the world that should appear on a website with this name, it’s my debut, The Expats. Ridiculous claim? Bear me out:It’s four years ago. My wife comes home one night and asks, “What would you think of living in Luxembourg?” Like you, I never, ever considered living there; I wasn’t entirely sure where — or what — Luxembourg was. But this was a good time for me, and for our family, to pick up and move. So we did.And so there I was, no lo [...]

    11. "NOOOOO!!!!" shouts my inner snob. "Don't do it! No more than three stars! This is a terribly flawed book! Just look at that low average rating!"And really, for a lot of the period I was listening to this book I agreed. But in the end, I had to go with a four star rating for the simple reason that, despite its many flaws, this was an engaging and interesting book to listen to. I don't know, listening to this on audio while I drove or did housework just worked for me, confusing though the story [...]

    12. I was looking for a fast, fun read for a vacation that I took recently took and when The Expats (which, incidentally, was just listed as one of Bill Ott's 'Best Crime Novels: 2012' in Booklist) caught my eye, I thought it would easily fit the bill. But this book was pretty much a disappointment from start to finish. The set-up is promising, but the whole novel is sloppily structured and written and the conclusion is not only silly, it's also pretty lazy on the resolving details. (For instance, " [...]

    13. Unfortunately, I didn't love it. The Expats came highly recommended and sounded like a great story. Such potential! In a nutshell, the heroine of Chris Pavone's book, Kate, vacates her seemingly happy life in Washington, D.C. and travels oversees to start anew with her husband and two children (two boys who, although underutilized, became my favorite characters). Ultimately, Kate, (SPOILER!) an ex-CIA agent, uncovers life-altering secrets about her husband and his surreptitious work abroad. The [...]

    14. I first tried to read this book about a year ago and gave up after a couple of chapters because I couldn’t get into it, so I put it to one side for a later date, which turned out to be now. This time around I got as far as page 115 before I threw in the towel and ditched it. It is supposed to be a thriller but it really is an incredibly dull read about incredibly dull people doing incredibly dull things, which isn’t helped by the fact that the story is told in different times. It chops backw [...]

    15. Dexter and Kate Moore move from Washington, D.C to Luxembourg where he gets a job in cyber security. Kate quits her job at the CIA. Bill and Julia McClean (spelling?) are fellow expats living in Luxembourg. Kate becomes suspicious of her husband, Julia and Bill. She starts secretly investigating them, searching for answers. As her suspicions grow, her questions increase. Is her CIA training kicking in or is she letting her imagination run away with her? If her suspicions are correct, does she re [...]

    16. This was well written AND a page turner. Don't you love that? It falls into the spy thriller genre. I also loved the ex-pat context, having lived that life myself and remembering.

    17. You can take the girl out of the CIA, but you can't take the CIA out of the girl.Kate secretly works for the CIA in Washington, until she has to resign when her husband lands a job in bank security in Luxemburg. Even then, once in their new home abroad, Kate cannot help but be suspicious of everyone she meets -- even her husband Dexter -- of being not who they appear to be. Another couple from America has wormed themselves into Kate and Dexter's life, and their actions are indeed suspicious. Act [...]

    18. I have to give the author credit: the story sucked me in and I had to finish it just to find out how it ended. Alas, there are many problems with this novel, including:1. The main character, to be blunt, is an idiot. There is no way such a person could be in covert operations for the CIA. It was clear as could be what her husband was doing, and it took forever for the main character to do basic research that anyone with any intelligence would have immediately done.2. On a related note, this nove [...]

    19. This book was, unfortunately, mostly boring. I kept reading because I knew that something was going to happen eventually, but when it did it was not particularly exciting. Basically, you spend three-quarters of the book inside the head of the main character while she's wondering if anyone will figure out all the secrets. We jump back and forth in time, which is disorienting, and every time important information is about to be revealed, we switch back to a different time. We don't really get clos [...]

    20. If John le Carré had been Jeanne le Carré, s/he might have written The Expats. It has a similar interiority, a similar emphasis on life's betrayals small and large, and is centered around of piece of clandestine business that starts as a nagging doubt and becomes a life-upending drama for the major players.Kate, our protagonist (it's a bit hard to call her "our heroine"), finds her less-than-satisfying life as a government worker in Washington D.C. suddenly transferred into a far-less-than-sat [...]

    21. Expats is a fun, quick read. When I picked the book up, I didn't understand that it was a spy novel, so I had no expectations other than to let the story unfold. Having recently moved back to the US after an almost three year stint as an expat in the Benelux region, I found Chris Pavone's description of the area and aspects of the lifestyle rang true. Pavone's narrative switches between a current point of view and past recollections of the main character. Although a change in typeface helps the [...]

    22. This was an absolutely thrilling book! Never a dull moment, switching back & forth between past & present. Unfolding a long drawn out storyline that left me breathless at the very last page!

    23. Can I give a book 4.75 stars? It's not perfect but it is a whole lot more deserving than just a mere 4 stars. This was my first Chris Pavone read. I happened to come across this book at my local HEB grocery store, which has a fantastic book section considering it's also where I buy my milk and cheese :)The cover caught my eye and the title seemed to intrigue. Anyhow I am so glad I ventured out on this one. An exciting novel of which I could have read in less than a week if I had more than 20 min [...]

    24. 4.5 StarsI love "Chuck," the television show. This is similar but also incredibly unique. The story takes place over a two year time period with flashbacks from years ago. Kate, the protagonist, is CIA, although no longer doing the dirty work when her husband suddenly announces they are moving to Luxembourg. It's country. In Europe.Dexter is a computer geek who works in computer security for the banking industry. Luxembourg is for bankers. In order for them to move, Kate needs to have a thorough [...]

    25. So I borrowed this book from work, not actually knowing what it was about. I was drawn in by the cover and a recommendation from one of my managers, and didn’t even read the back of the book before starting it. This element of surprise did help make things more intriguing at first, but it unfortunately didn’t save me from Chris Pavone’s heavy-handed hints about the plot. I’m finding that too many authors lack subtlety these days; there’s a difference between foreshadowing and FORESHADO [...]

    26. I always enjoy a sophisticated thriller’s intrigues between the usual suspects— secret agents, bankers, criminals-- and Chris Pavone’s The Expats has accomplished that and more, keeping you guessing. That said, perhaps some of my favorite parts of the book are the bonus domestic intrigues between Kate and Dexter and their circle of friends. (If you’ve ever surreptitiously peeked into your partner’s planner or email, rooted around a few pockets or desk drawers not knowing what you are l [...]

    27. I suppose it's inevitable that my streak of winning reads comes to an end. Sadly, this thriller just didn't catch my interest and I DNF'd at 103 pages after many fits and starts.Essentially, American Kate moves to Luxembourg when her husband gets a lucrative job working with the banks there. As she is having professional angst, the move gives her an out. In Luxembourg, however, things aren't as they should be, stuff from the past shows up, secrets secrets secrets, etc. (I'm fuzzy on what the end [...]

    28. This is a fast-paced, foreign-based spy book featuring an appealing female main character, an upclose look at marriage and an appealing foreign setting. The book is billed as a thriller, but I think that's a strong statement. The story and the situation does keep you turning pages but it lacks a certain life or death kind of set-up. Instead, we get a fascinating look at a marriage and domestic life filled with secrets. My sister was an ex-pat for many years and this book imagines what I always k [...]

    29. This is a spy thriller with a twist. The protagonist is a woman who is recruited to the CIA while a college student. Single and without a close knit family, she is a natural for the job. It is easy to keep secrets, as there is no one in her close circle to lie too. After she has served several years, she meets a young man whom she recognizes to be a good man whose love and fidelity she would not have reason to doubt. They grow closer, eventually marry and have a couple of kids, but she never tel [...]

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