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KATE MOORE

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Full Name: Kate Moore
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Chris Pavone
Time Span: 2012 - 2019

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Kate Moore is an agent with the CIA.
       Or ...
       Kate Moore is a homemaker with a husband and two small children, living in Paris where her husband, Dexter, has a quite well paying job for a major U.S. bank with offices throughout Europe as well.
       For quite a while into the first recorded adventures, it is the latter that we learn about with Kate. We learn how she is living and working in D.C. though what she is doing as her occupation is not mentioned except that she has been doing it for a while, it takes her frequently away from home for short times, and she is tiring of it. Dexter is middle management (or so) with the bank. The two of them make decent money but their house is a repair-drain and the two kids are in private school so when Dexter gets an opportunity for a huge promotion by transferring to Luxembourg, it looked like a great time for Kate to become a stay-at-home mom when they become expats in the tiny European duchy.
       It is only as time goes along that we start to get evidence that there is a whole lot more to Kate than she lets on; more to her than even her husband has dreamed. Kate, we discover, is very good at reinventing herself as the situation demands. This often requires coming up with reasonable lies and Kate has become very good at them. Case in point, the comment on one of her inventions: "Once Katherine had begun this lie, she knew she'd have to play along with it fully. That was the secret to maintaining lies: not trying to hide them. It had always been disturbingly easy to lie to her husband."
       Unfortunately for Kate, it turns out that he was also capable of lieing to her.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2019

1 The Expats The Expats
Written by Chris Pavone
Copyright: 2012

"In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret—one that's become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life."
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2 The Paris Diversion The Paris Diversion
Written by Chris Pavone
Copyright: 2019

"Kate Moore - a mother with an interesting past - is living the quiet life in another European city, or trying to. On her way to drop her children off at school in the city centre, the cafes and streets of Paris start to come alive around her. Kate's husband Dex, meanwhile, charged with finding a particular present for their son's birthday, is struggling to focus on the job in hand as a financial matter at work seems to be playing on his mind. As worrying reports begin to circulate from key locations around the city, and the sound of wailing sirens becomes increasingly hard to ignore, could their day and, indeed, their lives be about to change forever?"
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MY COMMENTS

       I had some problems with this short series and it annoys me that I did because it started so fine for me. I thought it was going to be a case of a wife learning her husband had bad secrets and life got tough and she had to learn to survive. Then it switched to she was the one with the secrets. Then they both were. Then who knew what. I got, well, lost when the number of characters got more than a few and the scene changes so much and ...
       The second one was different and more of the same. It was published 7 years after the first and while the first was standard past tense, the second was present tense (something I usually have trouble with) and I got lost right away and did not have the inclination to rectify that.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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