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The Expats by Chris Pavone
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 31 to April 04, 2012

A fun espionage novel where a genuinely devoted wife and loving mother is the ex-CIA agent sussing out something that doesn't seem right after she has quit her job and the family moved to Luxembourg. There are two narratives throughout, "Today," where everything comes to a head, and the majority of the novel, which is Kate's POV as she sorts things out. I enjoyed puzzling out what was going on when, and the ending was satisfyingly a surprise. I suspect I'd have readily seen it coming if the story was a film, but books are a whole other thing, luckily.

I enjoyed Kate's well-roundedness. I can't think of another espionage novel where the central character is a stay-at-home mom, can you? That alone, and that it isn't cutesy, makes this an unusual book.

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