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. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company.
Two Nights in Lisbon
This is a terrific mystery and thriller. The twists and turns were surprisingly effective. The characters were interesting and well developed. The final chapters were true page turners. I thank the author for writing such an unusual revenge tale. Many new spin-off tales are hinted at by the characters and plot.
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.
What is happening with Chris Pavone?
I have bought, read and enjoyed all four of Chris’ prior novella. This book is so different and disappointing- his main character is the subject of multiple sexual abuses and he lectures readers about (partial list) toxic masculinity, the power of elites in the US, climate change, bureaucratic incompetence, sexism, ageism and abuse of technology! The whole tone is so negative and different from his prior books. I am (reluctantly) going to pass on Chris’ future offerings.