Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: The Travelers by Chris Pavone

The TravelersTitle: The Travelers
Author: Chris Pavone
Publisher/Publication Date: Crown, March 8, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Source/Format: Blogging for Books, Review Copy

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

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:

I wanted to try reading something else besides fantasy for a change of pace and to sort of cleanse my reading palate before moving on. Thus, I read The Traveler’s by Chris Pavone. I’ve had this book for a while, and it took me a long time to finish it. This book wasn’t necessarily the worst thing I’ve ever read, but I did have some problems with it and ended up a bit disappointed.

The story is about Will Rhodes, a travel writer, who makes bad choices while abroad and who plays a part in making trouble for himself and those around him.

The Travelers wasn’t very thrilling for me since I ended up guessing what was happening, early on in the novel. I repeatedly found myself bored and ended up putting the book down on several occasions. But I kept reading despite the fact that I struggled to get through the first part of the book.

Will is everything that the synopsis describes him as, with the addition of his monologue, which didn’t help his case. The other characters were just alright, and I don’t really have much to say on them.

The last few chapters of the book were the best parts. They were somewhat exciting and suspenseful. Overall, The Travelers just didn’t end up being my kind of book. Still, if this book seems like something you want to read, then don’t let my opinion stop you—and I recommend checking out other reviews.

Rating 2/5

This copy of the book was provided by Blogging for Books for this review, thank you!

About the Author...

Chris Pavone is the author of the New York Times bestsellers THE ACCIDENT and THE EXPATS, which won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, has been translated into 20 languages, and is being developed for film; THE TRAVELERS, which publishes March 8, 2016, has already been optioned by DreamWorks. Chris was a book editor for nearly two decades before moving to Luxembourg, where he started writing THE EXPATS. He now lives again in New York City with his wife and children...

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