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message 1: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Sevrain I had a self-loathing desire to push onward beyond page 100. It was my last English book I had here in a non-english country. I agree with this review completely. However it does get better and the plot thickens. However - Kat/Kate/Katherine's friend and mortal enemy (it flips and almost in a trivial manner) Julia who remained outwardly vague and

message 2: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Sevrain (Review continues - glitch in my earlier post)

The Julia character who was vague and superficial in nature does her own flip toward the end and reveals a multi-decade plot

message 3: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Sevrain (Review continues to a glitch...spoiler alert)

This Julia character was portrayed as a superficial player does her own flip almost as abrupt as the relationships and the novel's story telling timelines. Julia suddenly transforms from a superficial principal to one that harbors the ability to plan deep intrigue and plots for decades. Then over a glass of wine among her plot's puppets and 'frenemies' she openly brags all the details to those who she had manipulated.

I didn't hate the book and at times captivated. It has the potential for so much more. However in the end I thought it was a shallow story with interesting details added - if it connected with some emotion then if be happy to have it as a beach read. It fell short though

message 4: by Jules (new)

Jules Excellent review. The book is a bit of a dud. I found it confusing most of the time. I continued to read until the end but didn't really gain anything.

message 5: by Rebecca (last edited Apr 27, 2017 03:44PM) (new)

Rebecca You've touched on my main problem with The Expats: Chris Pavone cannot write a female character at all. Kate's observations about the sexual attractiveness of other women sound like things a guy would say. Then there's this super spy's oft-declared love for a husband and best friend who's a useless, uncommunicative schlub. The throwaway description of Bill Maclean having basic missionary position sex as "masterful fucking" made me roll my eyes. The chase was fun, the sexist stereotypes were not.

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