Friday, June 24, 2022

Review - Two Nights in Lisbon

Title:   Two Nights in Lisbon
Author:  Chris Pavone
Publisher:  MCD
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   448
Date of Publication:   May 24, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars


Tautly wound and expertly crafted, 'Two Nights in Lisbon' is a riveting thriller about a woman under pressure, and how far she will go when everything is on the line.

Ariel Pryce wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband is gone—no warning, no note, not answering his phone. Something is wrong.

She starts with hotel security, then the police, then the American embassy, at each confronting questions she can’t fully answer: What exactly is John doing in Lisbon? Why would he drag her along on his business trip? Who would want to harm him? And why does Ariel know so little about her new—much younger—husband?

The clock is ticking. Ariel is increasingly frustrated and desperate, running out of time, and the one person in the world who can help is the one person she least wants to ask.

With sparkling prose and razor-sharp insights, bestselling author Chris Pavone delivers a stunning and sophisticated international thriller that will linger long after the surprising final page.

Ariel Price woke up in Lisbon and her husband John was nowhere to be found. John traveled for business frequently, but this was the first time that Ariel traveled with him. Why did she wake up alone? Apparently John did not take a lot with him so Ariel doubts his sudden disappearance is work-related. 

Ariel and John are relative newlyweds. In fact, they live mostly apart due to John's work, so after going to the Lisbon police Ariel was not able to provide a lot of answers about John regarding his type of work, or where he could possibly be.

Drama involving the father of Ariel's teen son comes into play when a ransom demand for John is made. Ariel's life comes full circle when she is forced to approach her son's father while she hopes to satisfy whoever apparently kidnapped John so that she can get him back alive.

In this intriguing read, Ariel is in a race against time doing whatever she can to get John back. However, secrets begin unraveling, albeit at somewhat of a slower pace in this book, all while proving that sometimes we don't even know those who should be closest to us. 

Many thanks to MCD and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


CHRIS PAVONE is author of four international thrillers: THE EXPATS (2012), THE ACCIDENT (2014), THE TRAVELERS (2016), and THE PARIS DIVERSION (2019). TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON will be published in May 2022.

His novels have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and IndieNext; have won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, and have been shortlisted for the Strand, Macavity, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize; are in development for film and television; and have been translated into two dozen languages.

He has written for outlets including the New York Times Book Review and Magazine, the Telegraph, and Salon; has appeared on Face the Nation, Good Day New York, All Things Considered, and the BBC; and has been profiled on the arts’ front page of the New York Times. He is a member of PEN, the Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America, for which he has served as an Edgars judge.

Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Midwood High School and Cornell University, and worked in publishing for nearly two decades at Dell Magazines, Doubleday, the Lyons Press, Regan/HarperCollins, Clarkson Potter, and Artisan/Workman, in positions ranging from copy editor and managing editor to executive editor and deputy publisher; he also wrote a (mostly blank) book about wine, and ghost-wrote a couple of nonfiction books. Then his wife got a job in Luxembourg, and the family moved abroad, where Chris raised their twin boys and started writing THE EXPATS. They now live again in New York City and on the North Fork of Long Island with an Australian Labradoodle named Wally.

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