Shifting points of view and an intricate plot make The Paris Diversion a quality sequel to The Expats.
Kate is back. Shuffling kids to school, throwing dinner parties, and dealing with agro-moms… but at the same time running the Paris substation for the a dark side of the American government, one that is ready to deny all knowledge of her actions. There are many conflicts that are unresolved from the plot of the expats, most importantly the distrust in the marriage. Dexter’s duplicity in business dealings along with Kate’s secret career do not make for a very solid relationship.
Three things converge on city to set off the plot of The Paris Diversion. Mahmoud is wearing a bomb and standing just outside the Louve. Hunter is about to announce the corporate merger worth billions of dollars. And several bombs have been placed at strategic places around Paris and several places throughout the world. Someone is orchestrating a terror attack, but the question is to what end?
The protagonist is a well-developed character and Pavone spends ample time examining her motivations in spycraft and in home life. It is a unique look at the frustrating and unfair demands of a working mother. And the author shifts the narrative responsibility from bystander to supposed villains and others enough to fully round out the conflicts. I did find that at times there was a little too much background and reflection, or at least I would suggest people make sure that they have read The Expats first before continuing on to this one to understand all the nuances of the book.
Stay tuned for a knot of threads that go headlong in a particularly fast and satisfying ending. A recommended series to anyone looking for a little more out of their spy thrillers.
4 out of 5 stars
Releases on May 7th.
Thank you to NetGalley, Crown Books, and the author for an advanced copy for review.