I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Murder, money, European nations, and the investigations of American three lettered agencies. That’s what you’ll find within the pages of Chris Pavone’s The Expats.
Kate and Dexter Moore move to Europe with their kids, Jacob and Ben for a job opportunity of Dexter’s in Luxembourg working on online security for banks. Kate is CIA, and not too happy in her desk job anymore, and quits and becomes yet another ex before becoming an expat: ex-CIA.
But becoming ex-CIA isn’t really as easy as washing your hands of it. She still has the urge to investigate the people around her while abroad, and even her husband–again–when he works incredibly long hours and behaves oddly. While Kate investigates two expat friends of theirs in Luxembourg, the FBI is after Dexter for the theft of millions of Euros: once for 1 million and another for 25 million. While Kate investigates their two agent expat friends, those “friends” are trying to convince her that Dexter is guilty of stealing the money, but Kate’s years in the field and quick thinking allow her to figure out what has really been going on for the last decade of their lives.
The story is intriguing and has twists and turns that you’d expect of a film, which also makes it a tad predictable with all the crossing and double crossing that occurs throughout. The narrative alternates between the past and the present closely around Kate. I liked how the different font choices of the sections helped to make the time being discussed more distinct and easy to follow for the reader; however, there were multiple times when the “past” portion was jumping around a lot and made it rather difficult to know exactly what and when was being discussed.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.