The Expats by Chris Pavone (and Give-away)

When Kate Moore leaves her job with the CIA in Washington, D.C. to fly overseas with her husband, Dexter, she turns herself into an expat. Like the other wives around her, her life slows down to involve caring for the children, the home, and waiting for her husband to come home from work. But, added to this change, is the encroaching doubt which surfaces in Kate’s mind as she begins to question the friendship she has made with Julia MacClean and her husband, Bill. Worse, is the suspicion which arises around her own husband.

Dexter is never home. He doesn’t give much information about his job as a security consultant “helping banks ensure that their systems are secure.” At least, this is what he tells her. But, is his life more complicated than that? Is there something he is hiding from her as Julia and Bill claim? Uncovering the truth is the foundation for the intrigue on which Pavone’s novel is built.
Oddly enough, I didn’t enjoy The Expats as a thriller. I  felt it was rather disjointed. Fragmented. Not giving me enough information about Dexter to feel that I could sympathize with his role, let alone know him. Even Kate struck me as rather naive for a member of the CIA.
No, my favorite part of the novel is the European lifestyle that it portrayed. I loved walking with Kate through Luxembourg, or Paris, struggling with the acclimation to the foreign currency. Struggling to find friends and a place to belong. Looking in those expensive shop windows where the price of a handbag is approximately 1,300 euros. I loved the way Pavone made me feel like an expat myself, as I reminisced about the days when I, too, was an American wife living on European soil.

Thank you to Random House, and TLC Book Tours, for the opportunity to read and review this novel. You can find other reviews here:

Tuesday, January 22nd: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, January 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, January 24th: My Bookshelf
Friday, January 25th: The Blog of Litwits
Monday, January 28th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, January 29th: Literally Jen
Wednesday, January 30th: Peppermint Ph.D.
Thursday, January 31st: BookChickDi
Friday, February 1st: Book Club Classics!
Monday, February 4th: She Treads Softly
Tuesday, February 5th: House of Crime and Mystery
Wednesday, February 6th: Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, February 7th: A Bookworm’s World
Friday, February 8th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Monday, February 11th: Book Addict Katie
Tuesday, February 12th: Jenny Loves to Read
Wednesday, February 13th: Crime Fiction Lover
Monday, February 18th: Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

And, here is what two famous authors had to say:

“I often thought I was again reading the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Robert Ludlum. Smart, clever suspense, skillfully plotted.” —John Grisham
“Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted, The Expats introduces a compelling and powerful female protagonist you won’t soon forget. Well done!” —Patricia Cornwell
The publishers say I can give one copy to a reader (U.S./Canada only, please). Simply leave your desire to win in a comment, and I will pull a winner on February 18.

The winner of this book is Amy Meyer. Congratulations, Amy!