Book: ‘Two Nights in Lisbon: A Novel’ by Chris Pavone – Editor’s Note
Posted May 24, 2022.
Coiled taut and expertly crafted, Two nights in Lisbon is a gripping thriller about a woman under pressure, and how far she will go when it all hangs in the balance. Ariel Pryce wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband left, no warning, no note, no answer on the phone. Something is wrong. She starts with hotel security, then the police, then the US Embassy, to each of the questions she can’t fully answer: what exactly is John doing in Lisbon? Why would he take her on his business trip? Who would want to hurt him? And why does Ariel know so little about her new, much younger husband? The clock is turning. Ariel is growing increasingly frustrated and desperate, running out of time, and the only person in the world who can help her is the one she least wants to ask. With sparkling prose and razor-sharp ideas, bestselling author Chris Pavone delivers a stunning and sophisticated international thriller that will linger long after the surprising final page.
“There’s no book you can’t put down, but this one was close.”
“I loved Chris Pavone Two nights in Lisbon, an unmissable thriller that is his best novel to date. It stars a strong and savvy heroine who wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, and the action never stops. It is a masterful, elegant and sophisticated novel about love, marriage and truth. Read it!”
―Lisa Scottoline author of Eternal
“I challenge anyone to read the first twenty pages of this daredevil novel and then try to put it down for five minutes. It cannot be done. The plot is too snarky, the pacing is too gripping, and the characters are rarely what they’re meant to be. This is clever suspense at its finest.
―John Grisham author of A time for mercy
“I always savor Chris Pavone’s books, and this one is still perhaps my favorite, full of insightful insights and insights that set his work apart. The plot is gripping, the characters breathe, the magnificent setting seduces. Treat yourself!”
―Maggie Shipstead author of great circle
“Two nights in Lisbon is sensationally good―timely, important, layered with thrilling suspense, driven by an eerie drumbeat that races like a panicked heart. My thriller of the year so far.
―Lee Child, author of The Sentinel
“Chris Pavone’s fast-paced, well-plotted thrillers are captivating and a lot of fun to read, and Two nights in Lisbon is his best yet. This one is not to be missed.”
―Karine Slaughter author of The silent woman
“Weaving together hairpin Hitchcockian suspense and genuine moral weight, Chris Pavone Two nights in Lisbon is his best yet – utterly timely and brimming with surprise, nuance, cunning and palpable weight.
―Megan Abbott, author of The participation
“Two nights in Lisbon is such a rich and satisfying novel in so many ways: it’s a tense, complex thriller; a nuanced and moving character study; insightful social criticism; an immersive tour of a fascinating city and culture. I finished this book and immediately wanted to read it again.
―Lou Berney author of November road
“A world-class, elegantly twisted, lyrical and fast-paced international thriller. With quality prose, layered characters, gripping ideas and gripping suspense, Chris Pavone writes with a deep knowledge of the world we live in, its many injustices, its flaws and the winding and dangerous road we sometimes have to take to seek justice.
―Lisa Unger author of Last ghost girl
“Besides the elegant writing and compelling characters, Two nights in Lisbon manages to be a total barn burner, with twisty surprises from start to finish. I couldn’t predict anything, nor could I write it down.
―Lisa Lutz author of The swallows
“Chris Pavone’s elegant and sophisticated thrillers are in a class of their own. In Two nights in Lisbon, it once again marries explosive plot with an intimate and nuanced exploration of a marriage and the secrets we keep from those we love most. I was thrilled from the book’s propelling start to its deeply satisfying conclusion. An exceptional and fascinating read.
―Cristina Algiers, author of girls like us
About the Author
Chris Pavon is the author of four international thrillers: Expats (2012), The accident (2014), The travellers (2016), and The Parisian diversion (2019). Chris’s novels have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and IndependentNext; won the Edgar and Anthony Awards and were shortlisted for the Strand, Macavity and Los Angeles Times Book Prize; are in development for film and television; and have been translated into two dozen languages.
He has written for outlets including the New York Times Book and Magazine Reviewthe Telegraphand Salon; appeared on Face the Nation, Good Day New York, All Things Considered and the BBC; and was featured on the arts front page of the New York Times. He is a member of PEN, the Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, for which he served as an Edgars Judge.
Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Midwood High School and Cornell University, and worked in publishing for nearly two decades at Dell Magazines, Doubleday, Lyons Press, Regan/HarperCollins, Clarkson Potter and Artisan/ Workman, in positions ranging from copy editor and managing editor to managing editor and associate editor; he also wrote a (mostly blank) book on wine and wrote a few non-fiction books. Then his wife got a job in Luxembourg and the family moved abroad, where Chris raised their twins and started writing. Expats. They live again in New York and on the North Fork of Long Island with an Australian Labradoodle named Wally.
Title: Two nights in Lisbon
Author: Chris Pavon
Publication date: May 24, 2022