Take A Peek Book Review: The Travelers by Chris Pavone

“Take a Peek” book reviews are short and (possibly) sweet, keeping the commentary brief and providing a little peek at what the book’s about and what I thought.The Travelers


(via Goodreads)

A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident

It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is?

Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.

It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.


My Thoughts:

Wow, what a wild ride!

The Travelers is a twisty, turny thriller, with so many layers of deception that it’ll make your head spin. Basically, this book is just filled with lying liars who lie — everyone has an angle, everyone is hiding something, and nothing is as it seems.

At the center of it all, Will Rhodes starts as a lone innocent, a pawn caught up in schemes he doesn’t understand, but over the course of the story Will takes control of his own destiny and seeks to change the course of decades-long plotting and espionage. Meanwhile, absolutely no one is trustworthy, and more than several someones are out to kill Will.

You don’t have to be a fan of the spy genre to enjoy The Travelers. The plotting is intricate, and the writing, while tense and full of suspense, is also at times quite funny and wryly observant. Beyond the world of high-stakes spycraft, there’s plenty of between-the-lines commentary on marriage, relationships, career fulfillment and frustration, and so much else related to growing up and dealing with adult life. Plus, with settings like Paris, Stockholm, and Iceland and all sorts of other points around the globe, it’s a whirlwind adventure with never a dull moment.

I’ve read one book by the author previously (The Expats — see my review here), and I definitely want to read his other novel, The Accident. While the plot of The Travelers has a satisfying ending, the epilogue leaves just enough hanging open to hint of more to come for these characters. I certainly hope that the author writes a sequel — I’d love to spend more time in this world!


The details:

Title: The Travelers
Author: Chris Pavone
Publisher: Crown
Publication date: March 8, 2016
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Spy thriller
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

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