This book is the winner of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel. "Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted." (Patricia Cornwell). "Smart, clever suspense, skilfully plotted, and a lot of fun to read." (John Grisham).
Kate Moore is an expat mum, newly transplanted from Washington D.C.
In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, her days are filled with play dates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris or skiing in the Alps.
Kate is also guarding a secret - one so momentous it could destroy her neat little expat life - and she suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; plus her husband is acting suspiciously. As she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, terrified her past is catching up with her.
As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of those around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage - and her life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 17/01/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571279173
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Review by adpaton
This book lurked for ages on my TBR pile, which was an injustice to the book but fortunate for me because I was able to enjoy it after a stint in hospital when I needed the gratification it bought. A wonderful story - full of mysteries, twists and comfortable excitement, with a happy ending to boot - and promising debut. Kate and Dexter Moore are battling to make ends meet so when he is offered what seems to be a dream job in Luxembourg, she gives up her own job and moves to Europe with the family to become part of a close-knit group of 'ex-pats' who spend much of their leisure time together, whether at the gym or over coffee and cake. What Dexter does not know however is that Kate's previous job was with the CIA where she was a skilled and deadly operative: she has not been on a field mission for years, but the suspicion and paranoia remain.When they meet Bill and Julia, Kate is uneasy: the attractive Chicago couple are just too friendly while at the same time deflecting all personal questions with practised ease. As her suspicions mount, Kate uses her skills to investigate the pair - she doesn't find out who they are but she's sure they are not who they claim to be. The problem is Dexter is very friendly with them and she dare not tell him her discoveries without revealing she has lied to him for years about her professional life - he has been behaving very oddly and she is starting to wonder about his job in banking security. Relationships, secrets, a murky past and a lurking unease - a gripping and exciting read!
Review by Eyejaybee
What could be more normal? Kate Moore is an American housewife, living in Luxembourg. The most taxing part of her day is deciding how she will pass the time between dropping her two young boys at kindergarten in the morning and collecting them in the afternoon. Each morning she sees her husband Dexter go off to his office where he works to improve banks' security systems, earning the money that funds the family's relatively luxurious lifestyle. Idyllic? Well almost … but not quite. Kate has a secret, and a past, and she has started to suspect that she might not be the only one..Pavone takes the reader on an engrossing trip through a succession of European cities, with flashes both back and forward in time, gradually revealing more of Kate's past. The plot is sinuous but always plausible, and utterly gripping. There were several points throughout the book when I was convinced that I had resolved all the separate threads, only to find my self sent careering off at a wholly unexpected tangent.