by Chris Pavone
I just finished reading the book “Two Nights in Lisbon” by Chris Pavone. This story takes place in the beautiful capital of Portugal,, Lisbon. A place I absolutely love, so reading about places I have visited and enjoyed made me so happy.
The story centers around a couple (Ariel and John) who are in Lisbon for John’s work. One morning Ariel wakes up and finds that John is missing. She becomes frantic because there is no note and she cannot reach him by phone. SHe contacts the Police but they don’t seem too concerned, so she goes to the American Embassy where she is met with the same non-chalance. While looking for clues, she is approached by a mystery man on a motorcycle who hands her a phone, which begins to ring. When Ariel answers the phone, she is told that her husband has been kidnapped and she has 48 hours to come up with 3 million Euros. Where is she going to get the money? How can the police or the Embassy help her, and who can she trust?
Let me start by saying that this book is VERY long. I felt at times that is was too wordy, but it didn’t stop me from reading it. The twists and turns and mysteries and clues made it exciting and difficult to put down.
I also felt that there were SOOOOO many characters that it was hard to keep track of everyone. If you decide to read this book (which I hope you do), I will suggest that you read it every day so you don’t forget who is who.
The story is told from Ariel’s perspective, both past and present. You learn about her past which helps explain her present actions in the book. Bet there is one main question which is only answered in the end and WOW, is it ever a GREAT answer.
I really liked this book. It had everything a mystery thriller should have: a main character that was sympathetic and brave and totally rootworthy, and a villain that had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The other characters (Portuguese Police, the Reporter and John) were well written and equally interesting.
All in All a wonderful exciting, mysterious, thrilling, rollercoaster of a ride with such a great ending I can’t even tell you. Definately a MUST READ!
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