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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,937 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Pavone Narrator: Mozhan Marnò Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.

She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done—playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she’s not allowed to know. He’s becoming distant and evasive; she’s getting lonely and bored.

Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she’s terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.

Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…[Pavone] expertly draws readers along with well-timed clues and surprises…An engineering marvel.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “A gripping spy drama and an artful study of the sometimes cat-and-mouse game of marriage.”

    Family Circle

  • “Bombshell-a-minute…Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Thoroughly enjoyable.”

    Suspense Magazine

  • “Highly entertaining.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “A blast…Pavone is spinning a fantastic tale with action that spans the globe.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Brilliant, insanely clever, and delectably readable.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Stunningly assured…An intricate, suspenseful plot that is only resolved in the final pages.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Amazing…Impossible to put down…Pavone invokes memories of the great writers of spy fiction of the past, and he has the chops to be mentioned with the best of them.”

    Associated Press

  • “Impressive…With almost more double-crosses than a body can stand…A thoroughly competent and enjoyable thriller with unanticipated twists that will keep readers guessing till the end.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double-crossing, The Expats certainly doesn’t feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Sly…Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages…The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations.”

    New York Times

  • “Refreshingly original…Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carré in the complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone…A thriller so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right alongside the obligatory dagger.”


  • The Expats is mostly stylish, sophisticated entertainment…[that] ends strongly, as the long-delayed secrets of all four main characters come tumbling out. Most readers will put the book aside satisfied and probably with fond feelings for intrepid Kate. She’s no Lisbeth Salander; she’s a proper lady as action hero, sporting pearls, Prada, and Jimmy Choo along with her hidden Beretta.”

    Washington Post

  • “Meticulously plotted, psychologically complex…The sheer amount of bombshell plot twists are nothing short of extraordinary, but it’s Pavone’s portrayal of Kate and her quest to find meaning in her charade of an existence that makes this book such a powerful read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2013 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews u201cNew and Notable Titleu201d, March 2012
  • Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Mystery Novel
  • A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Dilys Award Nominee
  • A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate Boucher | 2/19/2014

    " Just ok. As a thriller goes this one had all the necessary parts. I had to do a little skimming because it was a bit overly detailed in some areas, but generally a good story. The characters could have been a bit more developed to make them more believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ted | 2/15/2014

    " Workmanlike thriller, with too many elements spelled out in obvious terms for the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Penny | 2/14/2014

    " I liked this book better when I started remembering that it kept changing from present to the past and back again and back again, etc. I got a bit bogged down in the middle but wasn't sure if it was the book or my life, lol. Great story, kept me guessing til the end. A great debut novel, kudos to Mr. Pavone. I would definitely read another book by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natasha | 2/9/2014

    " The book is gripping, although towards the end you know where the story is going. However, I still kept reading to be sure if I was correct. "

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