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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 c 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.


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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 c 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.

30 review for Two Nights in Lisbon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sujoya

    3.5⭐️ Ariel Pryce, a newly married woman in her mid-forties, wakes up in her hotel room in Lisbon only to find her husband, John Wright missing with no note or clue as to where he might have gone. John was on a work trip to Lisbon and Ariel had accompanied him with plans to spend some quality time together. They’ve known each other for barely a year and we assume that this is their first trip together. Ariel approaches the hotel staff who have no information on her husband’s whereabouts. When she 3.5⭐️ Ariel Pryce, a newly married woman in her mid-forties, wakes up in her hotel room in Lisbon only to find her husband, John Wright missing with no note or clue as to where he might have gone. John was on a work trip to Lisbon and Ariel had accompanied him with plans to spend some quality time together. They’ve known each other for barely a year and we assume that this is their first trip together. Ariel approaches the hotel staff who have no information on her husband’s whereabouts. When she contacts local law enforcement they are skeptical since her husband has been missing for a only a few hours, which isn't long enough to warrant police intervention. Frustrated by the lack of interest shown by the police, Ariel approaches the US Embassy who are not of much help either. As the story progresses, we see the police and the Embassy getting involved in the investigation with an ambitious reporter and the CIA also entering the mix. It appears to everyone that either Ariel truly does not know much about her husband’s work, background or the details of his trip to Lisbon or that she is hiding something and knows more than she is letting on. When Ariel receives a ransom demand for an exorbitant sum of money, she is compelled to turn to a person from her past - a person who is powerful and potentially dangerous. Ariel, for her part, is not without secrets of her own. In flashbacks, we get to know Ariel’s backstory – the events leading to her divorcing her ex-husband and leaving behind a glamorous and affluent lifestyle in New York City only to move to a farm in a quiet part of the state with her son. Is John’s disappearance somehow linked to Ariel’s past? Is there more to John than meets the eye? Who can Ariel trust to help her in her efforts to bring her husband back safe and sound? Should Ariel fear for her life? The story begins well and Ariel’s frustration and desperation to find her missing husband is well portrayed. As we get to know more about her, you cannot help sympathize with what she has gone through in the past. The increasing interest and involvement of the police, Consular Services and CIA is left mostly unexplained in the first half of the novel so much so that it seems unrealistic. The “political” element of the thriller is introduced in the latter half of the story and adds significantly to the suspense and overall atmosphere of the novel. Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone is stretched over 400+ pages. While I enjoyed the plot and structure of the novel, the sheer length of the book tested my patience. The pace slows down considerably after an amazing start and I found myself losing interest long before the story finally picks up again. I struggled to push through. This is a well-written thriller that has enough twists and turns to keep you engaged and guessing till the end but only if you don’t give up before the first half. While I eventually did enjoy the story and was surprised by the ending, I feel it should have been more compact and less repetitive. Thanks to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the digital review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Erwin

    Two Nights in Lisbon is an intriguing read!! This book starts with Ariel waking up to find her newlywed husband missing. The storyline is interesting and keeps you guessing and curious about what’s going to unravel next in her quest to find her husband. The downside of this book for me is it was longer coming in at 400+ pages. I feel like it could have been trimmed down some as it dragged on a bit at some points. The ending was satisfying and overall, I think this book was good and I would recom Two Nights in Lisbon is an intriguing read!! This book starts with Ariel waking up to find her newlywed husband missing. The storyline is interesting and keeps you guessing and curious about what’s going to unravel next in her quest to find her husband. The downside of this book for me is it was longer coming in at 400+ pages. I feel like it could have been trimmed down some as it dragged on a bit at some points. The ending was satisfying and overall, I think this book was good and I would recommend it. Thank you Net Galley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux MCD for an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    THEY SAY THAT REVENGE IS SWEET!! BUT IS IT ALWAYS?? I really enjoyed this book, such a great combination of domestic thriller, international espionage, strong female protagonist, monsters finally getting their due and red herrings galore – WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE!! Ariel Pryce wakes up in her room in Lisbon and her husband is missing. It is early hours but when John doesn’t answer any of her texts or calls, she is sure something terrible has happened to him. This is Portugal and I found more than a lit THEY SAY THAT REVENGE IS SWEET!! BUT IS IT ALWAYS?? I really enjoyed this book, such a great combination of domestic thriller, international espionage, strong female protagonist, monsters finally getting their due and red herrings galore – WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE!! Ariel Pryce wakes up in her room in Lisbon and her husband is missing. It is early hours but when John doesn’t answer any of her texts or calls, she is sure something terrible has happened to him. This is Portugal and I found more than a little sexism within the police force. They are quick to point out that men may “step out” on their own but surely John will be back within the next 24 hours. Could there be another woman?? Did they have a fight? Ariel is immediately put on the defensive – typical treatment for a woman in this country apparently. No matter who she talks to; the local police, the embassy, finally the CIA – no one is willing to acknowledge that something nefarious is going on. The only one who is interested in her story is a reporter and Ariel doesn’t want anything to do with him at this point. There are so many things that we do not know about Ariel and John. John seems to have a stellar record when investigated – but there are some parts of the story that just don’t add up. Ariel and John both have secrets, they both have had their names changed in the past and there are some inconsistencies in their history. Findings point in many directions –WHICH TO FOLLOW??? Well everyone, this one had me fooled – I thought that I had it figured out, but nope!!! The ending was quite a twist and I felt it was a very satisfying one. The writing was excellent. My only qualm with this one was that it was a bit longer than I thought necessary. At 448 pages it’s an investment in time. Full disclosure – I started with the audio of this one but switched to the Kindle arc which allowed me to read and move the story along much faster. This is my first novel by this author but I will certainly be checking this author’s other titles. I can highly recommend this mystery/thriller to everyone who loves character-driven mysteries with perhaps a bit of a slow burn. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. It was my pleasure to read and review this title.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Extremely Behind)

    3.5 stars, rounded up I have long been a Chris Pavone fan and don't think his books get enough attention. This was an exciting adventure story set in Lisbon when a woman named Ariel accompanies her new husband on a business trip and when she wakes up one morning he has disappeared. She frantically goes to the police and the embassy, but they don't think she should be worked up so soon. As events unfold, nothing is as it seems. There were a couple of things that made this book not quite four stars. 3.5 stars, rounded up I have long been a Chris Pavone fan and don't think his books get enough attention. This was an exciting adventure story set in Lisbon when a woman named Ariel accompanies her new husband on a business trip and when she wakes up one morning he has disappeared. She frantically goes to the police and the embassy, but they don't think she should be worked up so soon. As events unfold, nothing is as it seems. There were a couple of things that made this book not quite four stars. First, it's really long and I think it could have been cut down a bit and still been intriguing. Second, there were certain times where it seemed like a lecture rather than a story--there were many soapbox moments where the author would pontificate about the insidious nature of media/technology, rape culture, power, etc. It pulled me out of the story because even though the lectures were relevant to the plot, it didn't flow well. Other than that, this is a story filled with surprises and twists, the types that I've definitely come to expect from a Pavone novel. The ending perfectly tied together the loose ends and left me feeling very satisfied. I liked and connected with the characters and was rooting for their success, even when they weren't altogether reliable narrators. That's not a spoiler--once you start going back and forth in time you know that there's obviously something going on below the surface. I listened to this as an audiobook and January LaVoy is an incredible narrator. She captured Ariel's voice and made the book more captivating and believable. I look forward to Pavone's next international thriller, if you enjoy this genre I urge you to pick up his books! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Author Chris Pavone has written another high-octane thriller! “Two Nights in Lisbon” is an international thriller that makes sleeping difficult…you won’t want to put down your book! Pavone’s protagonist, Ariel Pryce accompanies her husband to Lisbon for a quick business trip. On the first morning she awakes to find her husband missing. She contacts hotel security, the local police, and then the American Embassy, each dismissing her fears. And then she receives a ransom note, and everyone takes he Author Chris Pavone has written another high-octane thriller! “Two Nights in Lisbon” is an international thriller that makes sleeping difficult…you won’t want to put down your book! Pavone’s protagonist, Ariel Pryce accompanies her husband to Lisbon for a quick business trip. On the first morning she awakes to find her husband missing. She contacts hotel security, the local police, and then the American Embassy, each dismissing her fears. And then she receives a ransom note, and everyone takes her a bit more seriously. The amount requested is substantial, far more than Ariel or her husband has. There is only one person with vast resources she knows. Immediately the reader learns that Ariel has undergone a name change. Also, she hasn’t been married long to her husband, and she ruminates how much she knows him. Although Ariel is only in Lisbon two nights, there is a backstory that slowly unfurls adding the complexity that all Pavone’s novels are known for. Ariel becomes as mysterious to the reader as her husband John, especially regarding her unnamed wealthy man from whom she’s attempting to squeeze an obscene amount of money. Pavone also is known for his subplots and intricate detail. He provides fun facts about Lisbon regarding cork, espionage, and nightlife. One major subplot is feminism in nature. Ariel has endured more than her fair share of sexism, even from her parents. Her backstory would make any feminist cringe. As with all or most thrillers, one must accept too slick plot twists. In Pavone’s hands, the reader won’t care. Short scenes and chapters make this a fast-paced thriller! I listened to the audio narrated by January LaVoy, one of my favorite narrators.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.25 Lisbon stars - now available! This book was mostly a thrilling roller coaster ride. My only complaint is that it was on the long side at 448 pages. I loved the European settings, it makes me want to travel to Portugal, although I don’t want to get tangled up with the police there. Ariel has only been married to John for a year, so when he invites her along on a business trip to Portugal, she takes him up on the offer. She’s reluctant to leave her teenage son with her mom, but the time with Jo 4.25 Lisbon stars - now available! This book was mostly a thrilling roller coaster ride. My only complaint is that it was on the long side at 448 pages. I loved the European settings, it makes me want to travel to Portugal, although I don’t want to get tangled up with the police there. Ariel has only been married to John for a year, so when he invites her along on a business trip to Portugal, she takes him up on the offer. She’s reluctant to leave her teenage son with her mom, but the time with John will be good. Cue the dramatic music, she wakes up the next morning at the hotel and no John! She thinks maybe he’s just gone out for breakfast or a walk, but he never comes back. His phone and passport are still in the room. Where is he? She starts working her way through proper channels – hotel staff, local police, American embassy – no entity is that much help, and they doubt her at every step. She can’t really help with why exactly her husband is here in Portugal or who his client is here. Then the ransom request arrives. There’s only one person Ariel can turn to for the 3-million-euro demand and she vowed never to ask him for anything. There are some tense scenes ahead as she races to get the money and rescue John. I developed such sympathy for Ariel and really just wanted her to be reunited with her new husband and son. I enjoyed this one and a few twists at the end. This made for a great buddy read with Pat as we tried to figure everything out. Thank you to MCD for the early copy to read and honestly review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Chris Pavone has written five books, but this is the first I’ve read. Ariel Pryce is recently married, traveling to Lisbon with her husband on his business trip. She awakes on the third morning to find him gone, no note, not answering texts or calls, his passport and wallet left behind. She panics immediately, involving first the Lisbon police and the US embassy. They both are initially not interested in helping, but after research on their parts, get more and more involved. I didn’t know what t Chris Pavone has written five books, but this is the first I’ve read. Ariel Pryce is recently married, traveling to Lisbon with her husband on his business trip. She awakes on the third morning to find him gone, no note, not answering texts or calls, his passport and wallet left behind. She panics immediately, involving first the Lisbon police and the US embassy. They both are initially not interested in helping, but after research on their parts, get more and more involved. I didn’t know what to make of Ariel. To say she’s had an unfortunate life is an understatement. The reader is slowly given drips of what has led her to be so distrustful of people, especially men. Pavone uses the research done by the police and embassy and eventually a reporter to let us in on her past life. The book goes back and forth in time. It also alternates between different characters’ perspectives. This might have been smoother in print, but there were no pauses in the audio which sometimes led me to be befuddled for a few seconds. There was one bit that felt it was too obvious about what was coming. The book could have also been tightened up, especially in the middle. I often felt it was heavy handed. That said, it engaged me enough that I wanted to see how it would all play out in the end. But I won’t be rushing to check out more of Pavone’s works based on this. January LaVoy was the narrator and did a passable job.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    I RECEIVED A DRC FROM THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY. THANK YOU. My Review: Unreliable narrator tells unbelievable story with murky stakes attached to its outcome. And here I am giving it four stars. Doesn't make sense, does it. Or does it.... What Author Pavone does is set the reader up for something from the get-go. Unlike many thriller writers, that "something" isn't glaringly obvious. What sets this thriller in motion is an older woman married to a handsome younger man. Who ups and disappears from I RECEIVED A DRC FROM THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY. THANK YOU. My Review: Unreliable narrator tells unbelievable story with murky stakes attached to its outcome. And here I am giving it four stars. Doesn't make sense, does it. Or does it.... What Author Pavone does is set the reader up for something from the get-go. Unlike many thriller writers, that "something" isn't glaringly obvious. What sets this thriller in motion is an older woman married to a handsome younger man. Who ups and disappears from their hotel room on an international trip. Prepare the violins, right? Welllll...yes but not for her, as you'll see. Her fear at this catastrophe seems...performative...to the authorities who look at her late-middle-aged self, see the muffin she's so recently married, and all but say out loud, "well, little lady, what exactly can you expect? Men do stray...and he's been gone less than a day. Give him time to sober up and pay the, um, lady. He'll be back." But she's not having it. Why is she not having it? It does, after all, make a grim kind of sense. Before their short marriage, she didn't know her husband well...he's a relative stranger, so why is it she's carrying on so? Wheels within wheels, and here we are rollin' along beside Ariel...has that name, one the lady chose for herself, made its real force felt in you yet?...as the story's necessary force carries us along, stopping for some info-dumpy conversations/monologues/set pieces. It's not like there's any point where Author Pavone sticks it to us, the sad little readers wondering what the living hell possessed this hard-edged survivor to do something so stupid as this mishegas results from. And both parties are hard-edged survivors. So what's the situation underlying the story? It's a thriller! You *know* there is one. The phrase "ripped-from-the-headlines" is a cliche to my generation of Movie of the Week veterans. It got a bad name for shoddy, indifferent storytelling. But it never needed to be that way, did it. What happens that makes the newspapers is a joyous rioting street party of story plots. Read this one and find out what the right dance partner can give. I can't give the book all five stars because, despite the clarity of storytelling purpose that snaps into focus as the ending twists us up, there is a prolixity of speechifyin' that really grated on me. (I'm lookin' at you, Griffiths.) And the Epilogue is just a shade over the top I most wanted not to go over. But the story is a deeply, involvingly, satisfyingly real one, and I encourage y'all to read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a slow burn thriller! Normally I don’t enjoy those too much but this one I listened to on audiobook had me hooked. It had lengthy chapters but the narrator did a great job! Ariel Price begins freaking out when she wakes up in her hotel room in Lisbon to find her husband gone. She frantically goes to report him missing. First to the hotel security, then the police who don’t seem to believe a word out of her mouth, and finally the American embassy. They all ask her questions that she can’t This was a slow burn thriller! Normally I don’t enjoy those too much but this one I listened to on audiobook had me hooked. It had lengthy chapters but the narrator did a great job! Ariel Price begins freaking out when she wakes up in her hotel room in Lisbon to find her husband gone. She frantically goes to report him missing. First to the hotel security, then the police who don’t seem to believe a word out of her mouth, and finally the American embassy. They all ask her questions that she can’t answer. She has no clue what her husband is doing on a business trip in Lisbon. Why did she have to go too? Time is running out as Ariel really starts to panic. The only person she can turn to for help is someone she hoped she’d never have to ask. Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    4.5 stars One of the key components for me when it comes to a great thriller is to have that urge to keep flipping the pages because I'm so thoroughly engrossed in the story. Surprisingly even though the book clocks in at 400+ pages the pacing was good. The author was supplying these tidbits of backstory along the way and that helped sustain my interest. Even though I correctly predicted a few of the 'shocking twists' it truly was an enjoyable read. The premise is pretty simple. Ariel Price is ta 4.5 stars One of the key components for me when it comes to a great thriller is to have that urge to keep flipping the pages because I'm so thoroughly engrossed in the story. Surprisingly even though the book clocks in at 400+ pages the pacing was good. The author was supplying these tidbits of backstory along the way and that helped sustain my interest. Even though I correctly predicted a few of the 'shocking twists' it truly was an enjoyable read. The premise is pretty simple. Ariel Price is tagging along on her husband's business trip in Lisbon. She wakes up one morning in their hotel room and he's gone. She goes around to the local police station and the American embassy begging for help in finding her husband, John. Buckle up kids, it's going to be a crazy ride! The backstory was just as fascinating as the present day situation with John being missing. The groundwork is laid to the point in which I didn't find it difficult to piece things together. Despite the fact I had a sense of the direction there were some questions I wanted answers to in order to fill in the blanks. Credit goes to the author because with other thrillers that can lead to me feeling bored but that certainly wasn't the case here as my interest level didn't wane. Thank you to Farrar, Straus & Giroux and MCD for providing me with an advance copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    If you're already a Chris Pavone fan, pre-order Two Nights in Lisbon or put it on hold at your library post-haste. The release date (US) is 5-24-22. Two Nights in Lisbon is Pavone's fifth thriller. He debuted to much buzz in 2012 with The Expats, winning an Edgar Award and selling > 200,000 copies. In Lisbon, all of his life experience, including writing his 4 prior best-sellers, the decades spent prior to The Expats as an editor of nonfiction titles and then, subsequently, as a ghost writer, and If you're already a Chris Pavone fan, pre-order Two Nights in Lisbon or put it on hold at your library post-haste. The release date (US) is 5-24-22. Two Nights in Lisbon is Pavone's fifth thriller. He debuted to much buzz in 2012 with The Expats, winning an Edgar Award and selling > 200,000 copies. In Lisbon, all of his life experience, including writing his 4 prior best-sellers, the decades spent prior to The Expats as an editor of nonfiction titles and then, subsequently, as a ghost writer, and, as well, the decades married to a partner with a highly successful career (view spoiler)[Madeline McIntosh has been CEO of Penguin Random House (US) since 2018 (hide spoiler)] in the publishing industry, comes together to produce a highly satisfying thriller. Bonus: Lisbon relies on a twist that makes so much sense the reader doesn't need to suppress their intelligence to accept it. Hallelujah. Two facts differentiate Lisbon from most of the novels around it in the thriller category. It is written by a master of the genre in terms of carefully-layered plotting, structure, pacing, sharing of narrowly-scoped clues. And while many authors penning suspense novels offer strong women protagonists, no one writes smart, authentic, perhaps difficult, women under pressure better than Pavone. His main characters never walk into the dark house on page 350 without a solid plan for ensuring an outcome they control. On page 1, Ariel Pryce wakes up in a hotel in Lisbon to find her husband, John, isn't in the room and isn't responding to texts. Early on, we learn both Pryces have changed their names at least once, Ariel rarely accompanies her spouse on business trips, they've been married for less than a year, and during that year, they've not actually spent much time in the same residence, and Ariel has a 14-year old son who doesn't seem to have any relationship with John. And off we are, in Pavone's hands, paying attention to the beginning of each chapter with the requisite time-stamp of the two days referenced in the title, attending to every sentence hunting clues to anticipate the twist, and developing a point of view on Ariel Pryce -- in her late 40s/early 50s raising a 14-yr old largely on her own, living in a farmhouse in upstate NY, with a history of her people not believing or sticking up for her when the chips are down, so to speak. By 10:00 am local time on Day 1, she has contacted hotel security, Lisbon police and the US embassy, and is walking around outside of the hotel finding relevant cameras and seeking out potential witnesses and clues to feed to the authorities. Then the ransom demand is delivered. Pavone gives each of the police and embassy team members personalities, perspectives and motives that are authentic and not the usual forgettable caricatures, and his effort at drawing them realistically is one key to the impeccable pacing and mystery. But it's his ability to craft Ariel as a fully-formed contemporary character who hasn't quite fit in her entire life, has a fairly hefty chip of anger on her shoulder, owns and runs an independent bookstore, is highly observant, acts intelligently but has an element of duplicity in her back pocket, whom the police and CIA suspect of selective information sharing but don't deem flaky or hysterical, whose relationships with various men haven't always gone swimmingly, who doesn't whine, collapse in exhaustion, drown in self-pity, that makes this novel so satisfying. In his previous novels, Pavone has given readers marital duplicity and institutional duplicity in equal measure. Here, he challenges the reader to assess whether and to what extent Ariel is merely sharing and withholding irrelevant details as any sensible person would when dealing with (at least, foreign) police and the CIA when a spouse's life is at stake. Or does she know more about John's disappearance than she's disclosing? The big reveal makes sense and satisfies, and it's consistent with everything that precedes it - a gift which I no longer take for granted given some of the best-selling thrillers released during the last couple of years. How Pavone gets to that reveal, though, is the magic, and the reason to read Two Nights in Lisbon. The great promise of his earlier novels that always had some glaring flaw of varying magnitude? This one sticks the landing. I read an ARC from NetGalley (thanks!), but I had already preordered the novel at the time I was approved for the ARC. So the caveat to this review is not that my viewpoint might be influenced by the grant of a free e-copy; it's that I'm a Pavone stan. Content warning: (view spoiler)[two scenes of sexual assault are described. In both instances, it's clear what's coming, giving you time to skip a few pages, at your option. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Two Nights? Gimme MORE! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⏰ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: Ariel Pryce’s husband John has been kidnapped in Lisbon. Poof. Gone. To get him back, Ariel has to delve into her past to cover the ransom. But it’s a past fraught with trauma and mystery and Ariel is flung back into the spotlight. 💡𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: Ooooh Lisbon! Sign me up for this trip (minus the kidnapping!), but what a backdrop for this well-fashioned, tautly-told tale that reads like an action movie with a twist of mystery. Ariel is a likeabl Two Nights? Gimme MORE! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⏰ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: Ariel Pryce’s husband John has been kidnapped in Lisbon. Poof. Gone. To get him back, Ariel has to delve into her past to cover the ransom. But it’s a past fraught with trauma and mystery and Ariel is flung back into the spotlight. 💡𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: Ooooh Lisbon! Sign me up for this trip (minus the kidnapping!), but what a backdrop for this well-fashioned, tautly-told tale that reads like an action movie with a twist of mystery. Ariel is a likeable protagonist - sharp, smart, and smooth despite being a “country girl.” But oooh there are secrets there… This is a perfectly done plot - in unfolds one piece at a time, layers upon layers of “what?”, “OMG!”, and “No!” Revealing a little at a time makes the reader wonder (and KEEP wondering) while bringing to light what I call a “travel mystery” - a foreign location, bad dudes around, sketchy happenings, all with a setting to die for. Love it. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆𝗠𝗮𝗴𝘀.𝗰𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. 📚𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: Mystery/Thriller 😍𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨: Oh this is a great one for all. Not too gritty or gruesome but not cutesy or cloying. 🙅‍♀️ 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨: There is mention of assault so if anything in that realm disturbs you, avoid. Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Farrar , Straus, & Giroux Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my always-honest review and for new passion for “travel mysteries.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Ariel accompanies her new husband John on a brief business trip to Lisbon. When he goes missing she frantically tries to enlist the help of the local police and the American embassy. Initially, they don’t take her concerns too seriously, but they keep an eye her - just in case - and find out more about Ariel and John than they bargained for. I would have liked this book more if it had been 100 pages shorter and less repetitive. You don’t have to tell me over and over again that Ariel used to be Ariel accompanies her new husband John on a brief business trip to Lisbon. When he goes missing she frantically tries to enlist the help of the local police and the American embassy. Initially, they don’t take her concerns too seriously, but they keep an eye her - just in case - and find out more about Ariel and John than they bargained for. I would have liked this book more if it had been 100 pages shorter and less repetitive. You don’t have to tell me over and over again that Ariel used to be an actress. And the backstory was parceled out in too many chapters. I skimmed a lot. (view spoiler)[There were several sexual assaults described in detail in this book. Ariel appears to be a particular magnet for such assaults. At one point, the author does mention that rapes happen regardless of the appearance, age or mode of dress of the victims, but that felt like a public service message, especially when compared to the dozens of times the author told us how beautiful and alluring Ariel is and how she had to tone down her appearance. Her appearance was irrelevant and the author should not have emphasized it. (hide spoiler)] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Ariel Pryce accompanies her husband of three months, John Wright (ten years her junior) on a business trip to Lisbon. After a couple of days when Ariel wakes up John is not in bed with her, nor is he having breakfast in the hotel dining room. He is also not answering his phone. She talks to hotel security without any success and after a couple of hours goes to the police. Of course they are not interested - he is an adult and has only been ‘missing’, if indeed he is missing, for a few hours. But Ariel Pryce accompanies her husband of three months, John Wright (ten years her junior) on a business trip to Lisbon. After a couple of days when Ariel wakes up John is not in bed with her, nor is he having breakfast in the hotel dining room. He is also not answering his phone. She talks to hotel security without any success and after a couple of hours goes to the police. Of course they are not interested - he is an adult and has only been ‘missing’, if indeed he is missing, for a few hours. But Ariel is concerned. That afternoon she goes to the US Embassy. They are equally disinterested. But then Ariel gets the ransom demand - 3 million euros! She doesn’t have that kind of money. CIA Chief of Station Nicole Griffiths gets a little more interested in the couple now, especially when she learns that both Ariel and Nicole have had name changes in their pasts. The police are also questioning Ariel in more detail. There is only one person she can turn to to get that amount of money and he can provide only 2 million euros. It will have to do. He balks at the request but Ariel reminds him she has a secret recording of their last conversation, years ago, the details of which would certainly damage his burgeoning political career. This was a really good story. You empathise with Ariel being stuck, alone, in a foreign country where she doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t know if she will ever see her husband again. But - things are not as they seem or not as simple as they should be. A reporter has been sniffing around and he is very close to unearthing Ariel’s secret - a secret she simply cannot divulge. The CIA is also sniffing around and seeing the potential national security implications of this debacle. They definitely want to get to the bottom of things. The writing was stellar, really crisp and compelling. The characterisations were excellent and the story was very tautly plotted and moved along at a good clip. My only niggle is that the book was a little long. I didn’t mind as I was enjoying it so much but I had to keep reading late into the night. I simply had to finish the book. I will certainly be interested in checking out other books by this author. Many thanks to Netgalley and Farrah, Straus and Giroux for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone is an exciting international thriller. Ariel Pryce has accompanied her husband John on a business trip to Lisbon. The next morning, John has disappeared without a message or a trace. Ariel begins by questioning the hotel staff but no one has seen John. Then comes the local police station where the detectives tell her that her husband has not been missing long enough to look for him. Out of desperation, she goes to the American embassy where she is not taken s Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone is an exciting international thriller. Ariel Pryce has accompanied her husband John on a business trip to Lisbon. The next morning, John has disappeared without a message or a trace. Ariel begins by questioning the hotel staff but no one has seen John. Then comes the local police station where the detectives tell her that her husband has not been missing long enough to look for him. Out of desperation, she goes to the American embassy where she is not taken seriously. She will have no option but to seek help from someone in her past, someone who is the last person she wants to talk to. There she is, alone in Lisbon, not knowing where her husband has disappeared. Sounds simple enough. But Two Nights in Lisbon is not simple. This is only the beginning. The story alternates between the present and Ariel’s past. And nothing is as it seems. Just when I thought I had figured what was going on, the storyline would swerve and veer off on another tangent. Chris Pavone has written an original thriller with a difference. The novel keeps up the tension and suspense until the very last paragraph. If you enjoy international thrillers, this is an excellent choice. You will find you want to reread it, now that you know what really happened. Highly recommended. Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NetGalley and the author for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laur

    Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone is a slow burn. At 448 pages, some parts seem repetitive and dragged out. The first 25% in, Ariel Price is still trying to convince authorities her husband is missing, even though this happens nearly at the very beginning of the book. (While in Lisbon with her husband on a business trip, he comes up missing after the first night with no warning.) Even worse, she knows very little about her new husband and has a hard time answering the authorities questions. En Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone is a slow burn. At 448 pages, some parts seem repetitive and dragged out. The first 25% in, Ariel Price is still trying to convince authorities her husband is missing, even though this happens nearly at the very beginning of the book. (While in Lisbon with her husband on a business trip, he comes up missing after the first night with no warning.) Even worse, she knows very little about her new husband and has a hard time answering the authorities questions. Enough suspense and twists to keep the reader engaged, and that question keeps nagging... what happened to her husband? Is he dead or alive? Will she ever know? Will she ever see him again? January LaVoy is the narrator of the audio book, and I can not sing her praises enough! Truly gifted as a narrator with the command of so many character voices (male and female), she manages to separate them from the general narration that is not character. The voices come to life and are truly as actors with emotion in the narration. Ms LaVoy is absolutely brilliant in her abilities for narration. The audio book is highly recommended! 4.5 Stars My thanks to NetGalley, Macmillan Audio, and Chris Pavone for an AAC in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    Was this book really about only two nights in Lisbon? The book dragged so much that it felt more like two years in Lisbon. I selected this audiobook because I am almost always a fan of "spouse goes missing" books. In addition, the audiobook was read by January Lavoy, one of my favorite female narrators. Usually, I could listen to January Lavoy read the phonebook but not so with this book. The book's premise was ultra-compelling: Newlyweds Ariel and John are honeymooning in Lisbon and John suddenly Was this book really about only two nights in Lisbon? The book dragged so much that it felt more like two years in Lisbon. I selected this audiobook because I am almost always a fan of "spouse goes missing" books. In addition, the audiobook was read by January Lavoy, one of my favorite female narrators. Usually, I could listen to January Lavoy read the phonebook but not so with this book. The book's premise was ultra-compelling: Newlyweds Ariel and John are honeymooning in Lisbon and John suddenly disappears. Ariel and John both have backstories and secrets. Unfortunately, even with a super-talented narrator and an intriguing premise, this book fell flat. First and foremost, the author's text was tedious, repetitious, and all over the place. The author's attempt to reveal Ariel's backstory slowed down the pace of a plotline that was already very, very, very slow burn. This 15-hour audiobook easily could have been a 9-hour audiobook, and I am being kind. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review. 2 stars rounded up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    The blurb sounds like the plot of an old Audrey Hepburn movie I loved. It's not that, at all. I have been on a mission to try new authors and books that have something different to offer. I am a Romance, Romantic-Suspense fan, but occasionally I want a real mystery to solve, and this is my first Chris Pavone book. The left of center author has crafted a pretty good mystery tale. Too bad there is about an extra 100 pages on his personal prejudices and biases woven into it. He has a rather sartori The blurb sounds like the plot of an old Audrey Hepburn movie I loved. It's not that, at all. I have been on a mission to try new authors and books that have something different to offer. I am a Romance, Romantic-Suspense fan, but occasionally I want a real mystery to solve, and this is my first Chris Pavone book. The left of center author has crafted a pretty good mystery tale. Too bad there is about an extra 100 pages on his personal prejudices and biases woven into it. He has a rather sartorial view of life. If you can get past all that, I suggest skim reading, this is a great mystery. A lot of people will love this book. Me, not so much. Our heroine, Ariel Pryce, is a woman who has been underestimated, dismissed and victimized due to her beauty and just being a woman, all her life. She has taken steps to empower herself and is nobody's victim. When she wakes up alone in a hotel room in Lisbon, her husband of 6 months, John, missing, Ariel begins a journey to take back the power stolen from her long ago. No one takes her seriously at first, but her husband is missing. Then the ramson of 3 million euros is demanded, now she has everyone's attention, the Lisbon police, the US Embassy and the CIA. Where is she going to get 3 million euros? She owns a small bookstore in a small unfashionable seaside town and a farm that barely covers expenses. She and her husband, a business consultant, don't have that kind of money. But Ariel knows who does and they will pay. My thanks to MCD, Publisher, and Chris Pavone, author, for providing a complimentary digital Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel via NetGalley. This is my fair, honest and personal review. All opinions are mine alone and were not biased in any way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)

    QUICK TAKE: I really enjoyed this fast-paced thriller about an American woman who must do whatever it takes to rescue her husband when he is kidnapped while they are away on a trip in Lisbon. I thought Pavone did a nice job with alternating points of view and timeline jumps, though I struggled with the big twist and thought it was ultimately a bit convoluted (and you know it is when the character actually points it out!). Overall I think this is a perfect slump-buster of a book or great for anyo QUICK TAKE: I really enjoyed this fast-paced thriller about an American woman who must do whatever it takes to rescue her husband when he is kidnapped while they are away on a trip in Lisbon. I thought Pavone did a nice job with alternating points of view and timeline jumps, though I struggled with the big twist and thought it was ultimately a bit convoluted (and you know it is when the character actually points it out!). Overall I think this is a perfect slump-buster of a book or great for anyone looking for a international thriller.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alafair Burke

    Pulled me in immediately. An irresistible premise paired with the right protagonist for a twisty, addictive thriller. Loved it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC on audio for an honest review. I wasn't sure for the first hour or so of the listen (so many people for me to keep straight on audio) but then it took off and never let me go. What a ride. 5 star thriller/mystery/what is going on here type story. Untrustworthy narrators, familiar story in beginning that takes off in a whole new way. Husband and wife. Both with changed names. Married a short time. Wife used to be an actress. Husband disappears in Lisbon. The puzzle p Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC on audio for an honest review. I wasn't sure for the first hour or so of the listen (so many people for me to keep straight on audio) but then it took off and never let me go. What a ride. 5 star thriller/mystery/what is going on here type story. Untrustworthy narrators, familiar story in beginning that takes off in a whole new way. Husband and wife. Both with changed names. Married a short time. Wife used to be an actress. Husband disappears in Lisbon. The puzzle pieces to this incident are revealed slowly and the reader is never sure who is getting/telling the real story. Toward the end I had some inkling but still no complete picture. Loved, loved this audio and already looking for backlist for this author. Due out in May. Don't miss it

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dutchie

    Ariel, recently wed, is on a business trip with her new husband John in Lisbon. What should be a great time turns into a nightmare when Ariel awakes and notices her husband is not in the room. She figures he may have went out for a run and decides to meet him for breakfast but John never shows up. After realizing he is officially missing she reaches out to the local police as well as the American Embassy and every other agency for help but no one seems to take her seriously The jist of the story Ariel, recently wed, is on a business trip with her new husband John in Lisbon. What should be a great time turns into a nightmare when Ariel awakes and notices her husband is not in the room. She figures he may have went out for a run and decides to meet him for breakfast but John never shows up. After realizing he is officially missing she reaches out to the local police as well as the American Embassy and every other agency for help but no one seems to take her seriously The jist of the story is to figure out what happened to John and interspersed throughout the book are some flashbacks in Ariel's life and how it may effect what is presently going on. What I didn't like: The first few chapters were super quick in regards to John's disappearance but then things seemed to drop to a snail's pace. I had an awful time wanting to pick this back up. Around the 30% mark things did ramp up and I was able to become fully invested in it. With all of that said, the thing I didn't like at all was that all men were almost depicted as deplorable and no redeeming qualities. There also is the topic of sexual assault, while not graphic, it seemed over used and redundant. The twist was something I was able to spot but I feel like the last 25% of the book took a completely different turn and by this point I was getting tired. The book is way too long and think it could have been more concise and would have held my attention better. I think this book was a ME problem, just not a good fit but I could see where others may really enjoy it depending on the right fit. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my advanced copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one was not for me. Ariel/Laurel was absolutely annoying to no end. Every time anyone looked at her she was convinced it was because she was so pretty. We just can’t help ourselves from looking at her! All hail Ariel/Laurel. The whole plot was contrived and Ariel was completely dimwitted. Relying on her kid to keep secrets, problem #1. Yeah for sure her son isn’t telling everyone on the internet her secrets. Then she ok’s her nosy employee to look at sensitive info and just chalks it up to This one was not for me. Ariel/Laurel was absolutely annoying to no end. Every time anyone looked at her she was convinced it was because she was so pretty. We just can’t help ourselves from looking at her! All hail Ariel/Laurel. The whole plot was contrived and Ariel was completely dimwitted. Relying on her kid to keep secrets, problem #1. Yeah for sure her son isn’t telling everyone on the internet her secrets. Then she ok’s her nosy employee to look at sensitive info and just chalks it up to leaving a sausage on a table for a dog. Ok but Ember/Persephone is not a dog. And since you are selling the bookstore why be concerned with her feelings? Christ it makes no sense. Honestly I’m still scratching my head over most of this book. The way so may characters speak like “I’m-a gonna tell ya what to do” what’s with the -a and grown people? Who speaks like that? Ariel recounts her own assaults over and over and over and over and…well…over. This goes beyond a statement, it’s just repetitive and annoying. Oh and did you know she got the “Commando” haircut to be unattractive? Because otherwise of course she’s so attractive that every human just has to comment on it. Every. Single. One. Yes even you. The plot was hokey, holey, and just plain bad. “I’m-a gunna giv it a hells naw”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Pavone’s latest international thriller is an exercise in misdirection, sort of like a game of three-card-monte where, as you are guessing which shell the marble is under, a confederate from the crowd is picking your pocket. That is to say that Pavone leads you by nose down the garden path making you think the novel is about one thing when – and he gives you all the clues – it is actually about something completely different. The story opens with a shocking tale out of your worst nightmares. You a Pavone’s latest international thriller is an exercise in misdirection, sort of like a game of three-card-monte where, as you are guessing which shell the marble is under, a confederate from the crowd is picking your pocket. That is to say that Pavone leads you by nose down the garden path making you think the novel is about one thing when – and he gives you all the clues – it is actually about something completely different. The story opens with a shocking tale out of your worst nightmares. You are in a foreign city – let’s say Lisbon, Portugal, on vacation or on a business trip with your spouse – you go to bed, you wake up, and they have vanished. You know immediately something is off. This is not how they act. This is not what they do. But, the hotel staff, the local police, and the American Embassy all are united in not taking you seriously. After all, it has only been a few hours. Anyone could take a walk or disappear briefly and not mean anything. You are just a hysterical nut to them, particularly if you are a loud demanding American. It is a situation that anyone could find leads to panic and turmoil. From there, the story probably would take us in one of two directions. The protagonist all alone without resources with barely competent language skills sets off on her own to find her husband no matter what it takes. For some people, these situations are just when they rise to the occasion. It could also be the lead-in to a connection with a team of ex- Seal Team Six operatives who find the missing husband with all-out explosion of action and competence. Pavone, however, does not take the story in either of these directions. Rather, he tells a far more complicated story, leaving the reader and the local officials and the embassy staff puzzled as to what is really going on and where all this is going. Can they trust this nutty woman or she is off her rocker? There are quite a number of flashbacks which take Ariel back to prior years and, at first these seem to intrude in the story and just be in the way, but they will all make sense as you come to the conclusion and all the puzzle pieces fit together. Two Nights in Lisbon is a quick read for a reader with a desire to figure out what is really going on – quick enough for this reader to finish in one night. Nevertheless, it is more of a domestic political thriller than a black ops international operation.

  25. 4 out of 5

    3 no 7

    People are not who they seem to be on the surface. Ariel Price wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband, John, brought her along on a business trip, but he left the hotel without leaving a note. She is worried and takes readers along as she looks for him. Everywhere she turns she is met with condescending indifference, patronizing sympathy, and overwhelming unresponsiveness; no one wants to help. “Officials” do not care about something that is probably just a little marital dispute. Ariel owns a bo People are not who they seem to be on the surface. Ariel Price wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband, John, brought her along on a business trip, but he left the hotel without leaving a note. She is worried and takes readers along as she looks for him. Everywhere she turns she is met with condescending indifference, patronizing sympathy, and overwhelming unresponsiveness; no one wants to help. “Officials” do not care about something that is probably just a little marital dispute. Ariel owns a bookstore and reads tons of mysteries, so she knows a little about investigations, but she is not prepared to find her missing husband in a foreign country where few people speak English. And, she is being followed. Ariel quickly becomes frantic, and readers wonder how far she will have to go to find her husband. She and her husband both have complex pasts filled with secrets. It is hard to live a lie, and those past secrets come storming back to complicate the present. There are convenient day and time references as the intricate maze of human relationships unfolds over two days filled with deception. I listened to “Two Nights in Lisbon” as an audiobook narrated by January LaVoy. LaVoy has a multidimensional voice that at various times is melodic, matter of fact, cautionary, unsettling, and alarming. There is urgency in the narration as well as a tone of hope and a dread of what is to come. I received a review audio copy of “Two Nights in Lisbon” from by Chris Pavone, January LaVoy, and Macmillan Audio.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I have just read Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone. Two Nights in Lisbon starts off with the main character Ariel Pryce – an American, waking up in the hotel room in Portugal where she is staying with her new husband of only a few months John, only to find that he is not there, and not responding to her messages. When she goes to the local police, they do not seem to be taking her too seriously, since he has only been missing for a few hours. Many secrets are found along the way, as the story co I have just read Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone. Two Nights in Lisbon starts off with the main character Ariel Pryce – an American, waking up in the hotel room in Portugal where she is staying with her new husband of only a few months John, only to find that he is not there, and not responding to her messages. When she goes to the local police, they do not seem to be taking her too seriously, since he has only been missing for a few hours. Many secrets are found along the way, as the story continues. This thriller has a good pace, and an interesting storyline. 3.5 Stars #TwoNightsinLisbon #NetGalley Thank you to NetGalley, Author Chris Pavone and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for my advanced copy to read and review

  27. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    I think I like political thrillers? Its not a genre I dive into much but I love basically setting a pace at 10 and then just…going. Much less focus on plot twists and reveals (though they are there) and more focus on just keeping something happening every few pages. It makes for a fun listen. Anyways, in this specific case: Two Nights in Lisbon follows Ariel Price who wakes up from a trip in a Lisbon hotel to find her new husband missing from bed. And the room. And the hotel. We follow Ariel as I think I like political thrillers? Its not a genre I dive into much but I love basically setting a pace at 10 and then just…going. Much less focus on plot twists and reveals (though they are there) and more focus on just keeping something happening every few pages. It makes for a fun listen. Anyways, in this specific case: Two Nights in Lisbon follows Ariel Price who wakes up from a trip in a Lisbon hotel to find her new husband missing from bed. And the room. And the hotel. We follow Ariel as she becomes more and more concerned and things get more and more complicated. I don’t want to give too much away. Like I said, this story just goes. The plot takes place almost entirely over two days from multiple perspectives investigating this one disappearance. It's a busy set up but that keeps the intrigue high. I saw where the plot was going for a long time but still found myself surprised by a twist or two and even knowing exactly where things end didn’t change how interesting the journey was. Ariel was a good character (other than when the author’s voice and opinions got a little too loud - see problem #2 below). I would have loved to see even more from her and even more follow up than was given. It felt good to be on her side through the story. My only big problems with this story is two-fold. One, while I appreciate what I think the author was doing here about how women are victimized in society there was just TOO MUCH of it. Ariel describes in detail just about every encounter she has had with terrible men, which range from cat calling to rape. I understand the message here but as a woman who knows what its like to be a woman, I just found this exhausting in my fiction. And Two, the ‘ok boomer’ energy is strong here. You’re not even a boomer Chris! Calm down! Ariel goes on rants from phones, to the use of the word literally, social media, and basically anything you can ask your dad about that he would be like “well back in my day”. The literally one really bothered me because like…this is a tense book. It was a tense moment! I do not care that you don’t like the word literally being used incorrectly right now! Get back to the action! Ugh literally who cares (hehe). Otherwise, I really liked this and totally couldn’t put it down. Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan audio for a copy of this book. This was narrated by January LaVoy who is a boss and will probably get an automatic request from me from now on.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Ray

    Ariel Pryce has accompanied her husband John, to Lisbon, on a business trip. When he is missing one morning, she goes to the local police, then the American Embassy. They have a hard time believing her until the hotel finds a note that was discovered by the maid cleaning the room. There are a lot of secrets in Ariel and John's past. I had a hard time connecting with Ariel, despite her being a very strong personality (which I am usually drawn to). She is very opinionated, and her views would provi Ariel Pryce has accompanied her husband John, to Lisbon, on a business trip. When he is missing one morning, she goes to the local police, then the American Embassy. They have a hard time believing her until the hotel finds a note that was discovered by the maid cleaning the room. There are a lot of secrets in Ariel and John's past. I had a hard time connecting with Ariel, despite her being a very strong personality (which I am usually drawn to). She is very opinionated, and her views would provide fodder for a number of popular talk/news shows. However, as a side note, not every male who drives a white pickup is a white supremacist, and not every person who lived in the south owned slaves. Ariel is born privileged and spurns that lifestyle especially after a very violent and tragic episode. Despite this, I still couldn't conjure that emotional empathy that should have been there for this character. Having said all that, why do I feel like so many of the books I read lately are written in hopes that Netflix or Amazon Prime will pick them up? This definitely falls into that category with me. While the premise of the 400+ page book was really good, the story is an extremely slow buildup. I had a hard time staying interested and towards the end, when the twists really reveal themselves, I had lost interest.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    I loved loved LOVED the Expats so when I saw Chris had another book coming, it shot to the top of my most anticipated list. Two Nights in Lisbon did not disappoint! It was one of my Top 5 new releases for the month of May - a monthly segment I publish to Instagram and Facebook's Readers Coffeehouse. A fast-paced, read in one sitting stunner. I loved loved LOVED the Expats so when I saw Chris had another book coming, it shot to the top of my most anticipated list. Two Nights in Lisbon did not disappoint! It was one of my Top 5 new releases for the month of May - a monthly segment I publish to Instagram and Facebook's Readers Coffeehouse. A fast-paced, read in one sitting stunner.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Max

    First of all, this is an absolutely INCREDIBLE cover. It perfectly emulates the feelings I had for the writing and is stunning to look at. It starts in a pretty generic fashion: missing husband, alone wife, some suspicious activities. But there was a draw that I felt, especially because of the international landscape. Like other readers have said, it does end up a little bit on the longer side. This book isn't for someone who wants a plot twist every other page, but there is an irresistible pull First of all, this is an absolutely INCREDIBLE cover. It perfectly emulates the feelings I had for the writing and is stunning to look at. It starts in a pretty generic fashion: missing husband, alone wife, some suspicious activities. But there was a draw that I felt, especially because of the international landscape. Like other readers have said, it does end up a little bit on the longer side. This book isn't for someone who wants a plot twist every other page, but there is an irresistible pull to the mystery.

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