The Expats

The Expats

A Novel

Book - 2012
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An incredibly twisty and sophisticated debut thriller about a former CIA agent living abroad. Kate Moore is an expat mom living the expat life, but is guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret - one that has become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her neat little life. Kate 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.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307956354
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,25 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 05, 2018

Kate Moore is a working mother of two, writing position papers for the State Department, married to a pleasant computer security expert. Her husband, Dexter, gets a prime European consultant job in Luxembourg, so she quits her job, they move to Europe, and she gets involved with the other expatriate wives. Except no one is who other people think they are. Kate is ex-CIA and her husband and her friends also have pasts that are secret from Kate.

Pavone’s sharply written first novel is a clever combination of domestic drama and spy thriller, with the unusual casting of a female spy in the lead. He tells his story in jump cuts back and forth to four different time periods, so the reader is always picking up half-clues and false clues, while the suspense builds slowly to a great twist ending. I don’t read many spy novels, but this has a very different feel to it. It kept me riveted the entire way.

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KatherineHere
Sep 02, 2018

There is a big morality question here concerning the heroine, the full import of which you don't realize till the end, where you get that feeling like you stepped in you-know-what. But all in all, rather engrossing. There are many flash- backs and flash- forwards - years, months, hours, which can get rather confusing/exasperating.

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jenniferrabbit
Aug 07, 2017

Ex-CIA operative quits and never tells her husband she’d been involved in spying and assassination. They have two children, move to Luxemburg, and a couple of their new friends act a little weird. Strangely, I liked the book better in retrospect than I did while I was reading it. The narrative timeline was confusing, the main character whiney and annoying, a lot of description of shopping, cleaning, socializing. On the other hand the description of France and Luxemburg was interesting and well-done and in the end I feel the scrambled timeline was, in fact, successful in inserting clues non-obviously into the story… as the novel wound up I had figured out several plot elements but the pell-mell ending still held surprises for me.

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p_snoop
May 11, 2017

Chris Pavone's originality made this book fun to read. Hope he writes another book starring Kate her husband Dexter and CIA operative Hayden.

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gsh7768
Aug 23, 2016

read and enjoyed. Would read again but not just now.

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falconroom
Jun 14, 2016

Interesting plot & concept but very difficult to read...the "twists & turns" need to be in the plot & not in the labyrinthian writing...author: please take Creative Writing 101; rinse & repeat until Writing comes out clearer!!

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cogina
Oct 30, 2015

The book starts out great and the premise is pretty good. But Kate is an ex-CIA and the author continuously has her as a mom/wife who gets emotional about getting ready to lie to whomever is listening in yet can shoot someone between the eyes??? The continuity is not there and unfortunately after 75% of the book I gave up. One star maybe?

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Aug 12, 2015

Kate is a CIA operative who resigns from her job to follow her husband to Luxembourg for his banking job. Although Kate wants to live an expat life in Europe with her husband and two sons, she can never fully escape her CIA past. Nothing is as it seems in this novel, as twist after twist occurs right up until the last page.

JCLKatyW May 21, 2013

The story itself was great! I loved Kate's struggle with leaving the CIA and becoming a housewife only to find out her old life has followed her. It kept my interest all the way through. It was a little confusing the the storyline keeps switching between different times and parts of story. I was able to get used to the shifts, but sometimes they were a little abrupt.

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lpreston214
Mar 25, 2013

Kate is a wife and mom who just happens to be a former CIA agent. When the family moves to Luxembourg for a great job opportunity and chance to make lot of money she finds she's not happy as a full-time mom. Good book all the way around with a plot with tons of twists and turns and great characters. Only thing I find funny is that although husband Dexter is acting veeerrry suspicious Kate clings to her resolve not to investigate him. Show me a wife who would not use all the tools at her disposal to find out what her husband is up to! Impossible.

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May 01, 2017

He was in Brussels for the birth of the EU, the dissolution of borders, the euro. Back to Germany when the whole continent started to respond to the influx of Muslims, the reassertion of reactionary forces. the reemergence of nationalism... (P 121) Copyright 2012 This woke me up to changes brewing five years ago.

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