From Luxembourg with Love


“A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”  --John Steinbeck

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave your “normal” life behind and become an expatriate in Europe?  In The Expats by Chris Pavone, Kate and her husband, Dexter, do exactly this.  Dexter receives a job offer (that he never fully explains to his wife) and the family moves from DC to Luxembourg.  Here, Kate spends her days setting up the new house, meeting with other expat mothers for coffee and watching her kids play in the park.  However, this is where Kate’s story departs from anything you and I would experience.  We soon find out that Kate is a former CIA assassin and in her new life she is, in a word, bored. 

When another American couple befriends Kate and Dexter, Kate’s previous job skills kick in and she begins to question their motives.  The plot becomes intricate, taking you through twists and turns that keep you wondering just who is after Kate, and why.  Is her husband involved in some shady deals she doesn’t know about, or is her own past with the CIA coming back to haunt her?  This spy thriller will keep you guessing until the end.

I took this book along on my last trip and even after days packed full of exploring foreign cities, I couldn’t help but spend some time reading when we got back to the hotel.  I just had to find out what was happening in Luxembourg.  And you will want to find out, too.

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