Two Nights in Lisbon
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND NATIONAL BESTSELLER.
"There’s no such thing as a book you can’t put down, but this one was close." —Stephen King
"Smart suspense at its very best." —John Grisham
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.
You think you know a person . . .
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A new bride must confront her dark past when her husband goes missing in this tightly wound thriller. Forced to remake her life for mysterious reasons (which we definitely won’t spoil here!), Ariel Pryce values the normalcy of her new marriage to the sexy, younger John. She decides to accompany him on a business trip to Lisbon, but when she wakes up in their hotel to find him gone, she realizes that nothing about her supposedly normal new life is as it seems. She’ll have to reach back into her own traumatic history to find John and, just maybe, save them both. Through clever alternating POVs, thriller writer Chris Pavone ratchets up the tension. Ariel’s search leads to questions about her own tightly held secrets—fueling her paranoia as well as our own. Two Nights in Lisbon is a desperate thrill ride that’s a perfect airplane read.
A suspicious kidnapping in Lisbon, Portugal, drives this excellent thriller from Edgar winner Pavone (The Paris Diversion). When American businessman John Wright vanishes one morning from his hotel, his wife, Ariel Pryce, insists he was kidnapped, but issues soon emerge that make both the Lisbon police and the CIA skeptical. Why, for instance, are there no witnesses or video evidence of a crime taking place? Why did Pryce, whose account of the incident is fuzzy, change her legal name a decade earlier? And what's to be made of Wright's short stretch in the CIA a while back? When Pryce comes up with 2 million for a ransom payoff, the web leads investigators to the bank account of the current U.S. treasury secretary, who's soon to become the U.S. vice president and has a past that could subject him to blackmail. Pavone skillfully layers plot details, often shifting points of view, all the way to the end of this superior, elegantly crafted yarn. The enigmatic central character, whose moral compass is set a bit differently than most, sets this above the pack.
The book was really good in places but I didn’t like the main character Ariel and so it didn’t really resonate with me like his other books. It felt really woke in places, railing on people who have succeeded in their life financially making them seem shallow…there was definitely a socialist feel to the book. In all levels of society, you have amazingly good people then all the rest by degrees. I also didn’t like that Ariel kept something from her first husband that he deserved to know. She came off at the end looking very selfish for a lot of different reasons.
Haven’t read it and won’t. Really tired of woke sheep. I want to be entertained when I read. If You don’t entertain me and you go out of your way to offend part of your customers, you don’t get my money.
Slow burn, which is my favorite type of read. Once it picks up the pace, it doesn’t let up. Two Nights in Lisbon is my first Chris Pavone book, & what an introduction. So good.