Review: The Expats
When Kate’s husband Dexter is offered a job in Luxembourg she figures it’s the perfect time to quit her job at the CIA – a job she’s kept secret from everyone, including her husband. In Luxembourg, Kate quickly falls into the life of an expat wife – dropping the kids off at school and then meeting for coffee or tennis lessons – but, after her thrilling job at the agency, she finds it dull, dull, dull.
When a new American couple shows up in Luxembourg, Julie quickly tries to befriend Kate. Sensing that Julie and her husband are not who they appear to be, Kate uses her spy background to delve into their past and discovers everyone, including Dexter, is hiding something big.
THE EXPATS by Chris Pavone is a fast-paced spy story that started out with a bang for me. I found Kate’s past fascinating and wondered how she managed to keep it from her husband. I was fascinated with her life as an expat as well, since it was very different than the expat lifestyle I’ve lived. But, something happened part way through the book and it became a little a little too far fetched for me and, in the end, I ended up liking, but not loving it. I think it would hold more appeal to those who enjoy spy thrillers.
I listened to the audio of THE EXPATS and followed along with the book in print. The audio is very capably read by Mozhan Marno and her narration probably kept me invested in the book longer than I normally would have been.