American expat Kate Moore is having a normal day. And on the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid climbs out of an electrician’s van and elbows his way into the crowded courtyard of the world’s largest museum. Kate Moore is back, discovering that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems—and that it involves her family.
...you need not have read The Expats to be immediately captivated by The Paris Diversion ... as much the story of a modern woman as it is a globe-hopping thriller ... The outrageous plot and equally crazy subplots unravel in just one day in Paris. Readers may be scratching their heads ... Eventually it melds together ... With the deft hand of someone who understands what drives people to make bad decisions, Pavone delivers mostly selfish and shallow characters who both fascinate and repulse us ... It may be the most clever plot twist of the year.
Pavone delivers another thoroughly immersive, stylish, and intelligent thriller ... Pavone again unspools a tightly wound plot in which the levels of deception keep multiplying ... Pavone keeps us zooming through this book to find the answers to those and many other questions, but, in the middle of that race to the finish line, most readers are likely to find themselves slowing down a bit, savoring the richness of virtually every character.
Pavone does a lot of things really well. A terrific writer, he paints a beautiful picture on the page, bringing Paris right to life for readers ... Likewise, in addition to his clean prose, he knows how to spin a solid mystery, and his latest will no doubt keep readers guessing along the way until he’s ready to reveal the truth. On the other hand, the secondary cast of characters is rather large, resulting in too many of them feeling just slightly underdeveloped ... Those are very minor complaints, however, and shouldn’t be an issue for anyone willing to suspend their disbelief—and those who do will have a seriously fun time.