ABOUT THE TRAVELERS
A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident
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 Review: First of all, any book that has been compared to Hitchcock in any way is going to pique my interest. It’s also going to have to meet some pretty high standards.
The Travelers is a spy novel, and it was indeed boasted as being “Hitchcockian”. In some ways I can appreciate that description, but for the most part, it does not live up to that review.
I’m not sure what exactly didn’t work for me, but I think it was a combination of things. Parts of it felt long and tedious, but there were other moments that I was really engrossed in the story. I felt like the engrossing moments were few and far between though, and I found myself looking forward to being finished with this story. I think the author attempted to keep an air of mystery around his characters. And, while I appreciate that, I also felt like I didn’t get to know any of them enough to care about their fate. I didn’t find anyone particularly likable, which makes it hard to care as well.
Some of the story felt too confusing and I often found myself thinking that this would make a much better movie than it does a book. If this book ends up becoming film, I think it will be a rare case in which I prefer the film to the book.
I did love the premise of the story and I loved the whole idea of it, but it just fell below my expectations. Perhaps if I didn’t have such high standards (Hitchcock) I would have enjoyed this more.
One last mention…the cover art. Loved the cover of this book!
*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CHRIS PAVONE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident. He is the winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.