This book is the winner of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel. "Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted." (Patricia Cornwell). "Smart, clever suspense, skilfully plotted, and a lot of fun to read." (John Grisham). Kate Moore is an expat mum, newly transplanted from Washington D.C. In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, her days are filled with play dates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris or skiing in the Alps. Kate is also guarding a secret - one so momentous it could destroy her neat little expat life - and she suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; plus her husband is acting suspiciously. As she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, terrified her past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of those around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage - and her life.
The astonishing international thriller guaranteed to keep you hooked to the very last page.
"Sly. . . . Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages. . . . The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations." --"The New York Times"
"Bombshell-a-minute. . . . Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"A gripping spy drama and an artful study of the sometimes cat-and-mouse game of marriage." --"Family Circle"
"Smartly executed. . . . Pavone is full of sharp insights into the parallels between political espionage and marital duplicity. . . . Thoroughly captivating." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Superb. . . . [Pavone] expertly draws readers along with well-timed clues and surprises. . . . An engineering marvel." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double-crossing, "The Expats" certainly doesn't feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene." --"The Guardian "(London)
"Refreshingly original. . . . Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carre in the complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone. . . . A thriller so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right alongside the obligatory dagger." --"The Star-Ledger"
"Amazing. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . Pavone invokes memories of the great writers of spy fiction of the past, and he has the chops to be mentioned with the best of them." --Associated Press
"A blast. . . . Pavone is spinning a fantastic tale with action that spans the globe." --"Dallas Morning News"
"Highly entertaining." --"Mystery Scene"
"Thoroughly enjoyable." --"Suspense" Magazine
"Hard to put down." --"San Francisco Bay Guardian"
"Stunningly assured. . . . An intricate, suspenseful plot that is only resolved in the final pages." --"Booklist" (starred review)
Chris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was an editor at book-publishing houses in New York for fifteen years. In 2008, he moved with his wife and boys to Luxembourg for two years, before they returned to New York.