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The Paris Diversion

(Kate Moore #2)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,535 ratings  ·  431 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems - and that it involves her family

American expat Kate Moore drops her kids at the international school, makes her shopping rounds, and meets her husband Dexter at their regular cafe a leisurely
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Crown
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Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Kate Moore series by Chris Pavone, with Kate now settled in Paris running a CIA Paris substation. It might possibly have helped me to have read the 1st in the series because to be honest, it took a long time for me to get into this, although once I did, it turned into a compulsive and fast paced read. In the beginning, we have various characters perspectives on what is turning out to be a disturbing and unsettling day, but the style of writing is dispassionate, and ...more
I loved, loved THE PARIS DIVERSION, an unrelenting action and espionage thriller! Kate Moore is a perfect main character who is an American ex-pat living in Paris. Everything starts when an apparent terrorist with a dirty bomb stations himself outside of the Louvre. I highly recommend this novel!
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Paris Diversion is the second Chris Pavone novel featuring expat Kate Moore and her family. As per the title, most of the action takes place in Paris, the City of Light's historical landmarks playing a major role in this story: Notre Dame de Paris, the Tour Eiffel, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine and the Champs-Elysées. Kate and Dexter Moore and their young family are American expats who have made their home in the French capital city. Dexter is an on-line stock trader while Kate ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Paris Diversion is the second thriller in the Kate Moore series and much like its predecessor it is thoroughly packed to the rafters with action, so much so that it gets quite difficult to grab a moment to breathe and consider how the pieces all combine into the bigger picture. It really is non-stop. I recommend you, as almost a necessity, to have read the first book as much of the storyline here has direct links back to The Expats and may be very confusing otherwise. As well as the ...more
Maine Colonial
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the intricate plot of this thriller. It’s also a sort of heist plot, and I do like heist stories. Pavone is a good writer and the pacing moves right along.

While that’s all to the good, I’m lukewarm about the book in part because so much of the plot relates to Kate’s husband, and he’s such a jerk. He’s feckless, an inconsiderate husband and father, petty and not too bright. Here’s Kate, running around Paris risking her life and, ludicrously, buying a Lego set because she can’t trust him
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was incredibly excited for this book. I absolutely loved The Expats. I loved the character of Kate, the setting, all the twists and intrigue. So i was very excited when i heard that there would be a sequel starring Kate. And then i didn't like it. We meet up with Kate after some time has passed from the previous book. Her family is now living in Paris, she has recommitted herself to her marriage, and is enjoying Paris.

This story is told from multiple points of view, including a suicide
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this book free from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb on the front cover says it’s smart and suspenseful. But the novel starts with the moronic pseudo-word metropoli (for the plural of metropolis) on the first page, so it’s not that smart. As far as suspenseful goes, the title tells you that all the action at the beginning is a DIVERSION, so that’s a sort of a spoiler there.

Mainly though, I disliked it because pretty much all the characters are truly awful people.
Lisa Wolf
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Paris Diversion is author Chris Pavone's follow-up to his 2012 debut, The Expats . In The Expats, we meet Kate Moore, a former secret agent now living a life of domestic boredom as a wife and mother while her husband engages in some shady high finance dealings. The book is terrific and tense and surprising, so definitely check that one out!

Now years later, we re-meet Kate living in Paris, her boys a few years older, her husband mildly to incredibly annoying, and her career back in
Donna Davis
Chris Pavone is the real deal. The Paris Diversion sees the return of CIA employee Kate Moore, the protagonist from his first novel, The Expats. This taut, intense thriller is his best to date, and that’s saying a good deal. Lucky me, I read it free thanks to Net Galley and Crown Books, but you can get it tomorrow, May 7, 2019.

Kate wears many hats, moving deftly from professional spy to primary caretaker of two children, one of whom is medically fragile. Her husband Dexter calls himself an
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book in this series by Chris Pavone, The Expats, several years ago so was excited to receive this review copy from NetGalley.
It is about Kate, a mother and CIA agent living in Paris with her feckless husband Dexter.
Within the space of a few hours a number of terrorists set some bombs and a suicide bomber arrives at key sights in Paris including the Louvre. Kate races around trying to find out more about what is going on.
Unfortunately this book did not really do it for me. I
Cindy Burnett
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chris Pavone’s new novel, The Paris Diversion, is a fast-paced and entertaining read. There is nonstop action and lots of exciting twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the last page. Pavone has an interesting style of writing that took a little getting used to, but once I did, he drew me into the story very quickly. He brings Paris alive with his fabulous and in-depth descriptions, and I felt like I was walking the streets of Paris with Kate as she attempted to unravel the ...more
Laura Rash
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pavone can spin a take like no other and this one was high adrenaline to the very end. I would recommend reading The Expats before this one so you have the back story on Kate, her job and family.
Nancy Brisson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone follows Kate Moore and her husband Dexter from a stay in Luxembourg in his first novel The Expats, where things started out calmly and went pretty badly off the rails. Kate worked for the US government in intelligence but, of course, it’s a secret. Dexter got lured into a scheme to hack a fortune in dirty money and his law-abiding wife finds out. She finds a way to keep Dexter out of prison but at the end of Chris Pavone’s first book, The Expats, the Moore’s ...more
Kevin. McKernan
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Great diversion good plot and character development a book to take to the beach and enjoy
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lock your door and turn off your phone! Once you pick up this book, you're in another zone - this is unstoppable reading! Pavone picks up from his first story of CIA agent Kate and her secretive husband Dexter, this time in Paris, after the dust has settled on their misdeeds from Luxembourg.

Surprisingly, Pavone, in the midst of this truly spectacular, almost nonstop action story, adeptly takes on modern marriage here, throwing shade on the constant conflicts, misunderstandings, slights, hurts,
Stephanie Crowe
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of Chris Pavone! His thrillers are captivating and I can’t wait till the next one. And Kate Moore is back along with her sophisticated spy craft and conflicts about her personal life! Riveting! Loved it!
Benjamin baschinsky
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I have read others by Mr Pavone and like his style.
However, too many characters, too long and a mediocre ending . Sorry Chris, you have written better.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Paris Diversion – A gripping thriller

The Paris Diversion is the fourth thriller from excellent writer Chris Pavone. Since exploding on to the scene a number of years ago Pavone has rapidly become of one of the go to thriller writers today, especially where American intelligence services are concerned. He is building on what writers such as John Le Carre who is the master of spy thrillers.

Kate and Dexter Moore are living in Paris and trying to live a quiet life in a European city a long way
Donna Hines
Espionage at its finest is devoured in The Paris Diversion a second in the series of Kate Moore by Chris Pavone.
What we have here is a normal day turned deadly with everyone taking cover and some running to the scene of the crime.
It's a madhouse in the heart of Paris as terrorist converge on the beloved City of Lights.
Meanwhile Kate is our undercover CIA agent. Her job is so secretive her own family is unaware of the hidden dangers.
There is also the secretive and suspenseful link between Hunter
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
" know this better than anyone, that you have to do it all right now, everything, because this can always happen without any warning whatsoever: you're out of time."

First of all, if you haven't read the first book in the Kate Moore duet, THE EXPATS -- STOP. This book won't make as much sense to you without doing so. Second, the synopsis provided by the publisher is clear in describing the topic and plot. I don't want to give any spoilers so won't go into anymore detail about it.

Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It has been quite some time since I had picked up and read a book from this author. In fact, it was the debut novel, The Expats that I read. I enjoyed that book a lot that I wanted to continue reading more books from Mr. Pavone but for some reason I just didn't. That is until now. Well after finishing this book, I won't be letting so much time expire between books.

Kate is the boss. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and get right into the middle of the action. Speaking of action; there
Karen F
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Read the book’s summary. That will take you thru the first 25 chapters. It’s literally all that happened.

The narrator made the book fun. Reading it with forward energy. But the story itself felt paced even though it’s billed as fast paced.

May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Eh. For a novel advertised as a fast paced action thriller, it was pretty dang slow! I thought it moved very slowly, too many vague lines of thought and people and not very intersection characters to boot. Nothing really hung together and made any sense til about the last third where the pace picked up. Setting it all in one day was pretty unrealistic too- at the very least nobody’s cell phone lasts as long as Kate’s did and the physical area of Paris covered is crazy, even if the city was semi ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I'm not a fan of sequels, thought I'd make an exception since I liked "The Expats." Wrong! Kate & Dexter should have been left in Luxembourg & Pavone should stick to writing stand-alones. In his closing comments, he did say that his agent chose this over another book he had in the works. Hope he finishes the other one, and doesn't fall into the series trap.
Cherise Wolas
The attention to detail in this sequel about Kate Moore, a CIA operative, though she's now running what seems to be an off-book Paris station, is fun and breathless. And what does set these two books apart is the entanglement of family life - of Kate and Dexter's fraught marriage, of the secrets each keeps, of Kate's tussling with motherhood, etc. The set-up comes with a bang as we move through a single day in Paris, when bombs seemingly set up at a number of major monuments are called in, and ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pavone writes a slick, action-packed spy thriller, welcoming back the enigmatic and fascinating Kate Moore from his debut THE EXPATS. He never disappoints.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sequel to The Expats, this book starts a few years after the heist orchestrated by Kate's husband that Kate then nullified. Lots of intrigue, complicated but clever plot, good ending.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am very glad I went back and re-read Pavone's first three books, because all three of them have critical information that come together in the plot of this novel. I recommend starting with The Ex-Pats and working forward from there before reading this one, you'll appreciate it and understand it so much more.
I feel like Pavone should be more well-known, especially with those who enjoy spy thrillers. The Paris Diversion, like his previous novels, contains non-stop action, subterfuge, and a large
Jim Mullin
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Hoping for a book similar in quality of his previous book "The Expats" I was disappointed. For me it was a slow read through confusing plots and details.
Dan Rosenblum
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: The Paris Diversion, Chris Pavone (2019) Crown, New York
Dan Rosenblum, May 28, 2019
I came to this book because I was blown away by Chris Pavone (the author), who gave a group of readers a moving description of his personal experience at 8:46 AM, blocks away from the World Trade Tower in New York on September 11, 2001, where he had a broad window facing an immense building, which looked like it might fall on him as he crouched in terror, alone, surrounded by smoke and ash, for over an
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CHRIS PAVONE is author of three national-bestselling thrillers: THE EXPATS, which won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, was translated into 20 languages, and is being developed by CBS Films; THE ACCIDENT, another New York Times bestseller; and most recently THE TRAVELERS, an IndieNext bestseller that has been optioned by DreamWorks. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell University, ...more

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