This round of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by The Expats by Chris Pavone.
Can we ever escape our secrets?
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.
Orwell said, “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” Deception is difficult, and self-deception even more so. Perhaps the greatest secret we tell ourselves is that we can keep our secrets secret. And perhaps one of the greatest pleasures in reading is watching characters with secrets work to protect them, and to protect themselves from the fallout when the secrets are almost inevitably revealed. So today we want to know: what are your favorite books about people keeping secrets?
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