The Expats

The Expats

Pavone, Chris










The international thriller that Patricia Cornwell says is “bristling with suspense” about an American abroad who finds herself in complex web of intrigue.

Can We Ever Escape Our Secrets?

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

在卢森堡的鹅卵石街道上,Kate Moore正在享受着阳光四溢的假期。她计划周末去一趟巴黎,并且再去阿尔卑斯山滑雪。宁静祥和的生活后面,隐藏着她不为人知的秘密。她时常苦恼于自己不可告人的身份,她必须严守这个秘密,因为,她是一名逃犯。 她穿行于欧洲各国之间,在此期间,她遇到了一对形迹可疑的夫妇。无意之间,她发现自己正被他们偷偷监视。一连串奇怪的事件接踵发生,恐惧感油然而生。 随着Kate的调查日渐深入,她逐渐发现了身边好友们的各种秘密。直到这时,她才发现自己一直被埋藏在谎言的泥土之下,几近窒息。
It's a story about how and when we keep a tacit understanding in the love and marriage.