Is there a book doctor in the house? I wanted to like the book, impressed with celebrity blurbs on the back cover, winning an Edgar, and an interestinIs there a book doctor in the house? I wanted to like the book, impressed with celebrity blurbs on the back cover, winning an Edgar, and an interesting plot about an American family living as expats in Luxembourg.
Pavone's writing style is a bit choppy, dropping in numerous scenes of Kate Moore's backstory as a CIA assassin while the family prepares to go to Luxembourg. I have trouble w/ plots about CIA assassins, especially one who is beautiful, classy, and seemingly lacking in introspection. How many stylish women fly around the world, shoot bad guys, then return home to be embraced by a loving husband and cute kids? No moral reflection, it's just a job to kill people between trips to the mall or soccer practice?
Kate Moore is an American wife and mother whose husband moves the family to Luxembourg for a job as an IT security specialist working for international banks. But all things are not kosher; a woman 'friends' Kate shortly after they arrive, her husband is suspiciously withholding information about his job, and no one's story rings true.
I made it half way through the book, but was troubled by how much Pavone weaves in domestic chores as Kate tries to unravel mysteries around her husband, her new 'friend,' and the friend's husband who's a lech and liar. She reconnects w/ an old CIA colleague who tell her the friend and 'husband' are FBI undercover agents on a secret mission.
So Kate has plenty of threads for Pavone to build a suspenseful story, but he dribbles in too much extraneous details about domestic chores that slow down the plot. And Kate seems to deliberate too much about how, why, where to get answers she wants. ...more
I'm sorry to report I couldn't get into the book. I've read several Mankell novels and liked them for several reasons. I was a bit put off by the veryI'm sorry to report I couldn't get into the book. I've read several Mankell novels and liked them for several reasons. I was a bit put off by the very short chapters, long digression, seemingly meandering, and quite dark. I like dark, but I couldn't get motivated to continue. Sorry Henning....more