Two Nights in Lisbon; Chris Parvone
Macmillan Audio - 2022
(14 hrs. 30 min - narrated by January Lavoy - very good)
Ariel Pryce accompanies her new and much younger husband, John Wright, on a business trip to Lisbon, Portugal. After a wonderful night, Ariel wakes up to find John gone - no note and he isn't answering his phone. No one at the hotel has seen him so she gets the local police and the American Embassy involved.
Later we learn that John is being held for ransom (3 million euros) and there are only (2) days to come up with the money.
This is a book were the characters have something to hide, Ariel doesn't know much about John's line of work and both of them have changed their names in the past. Ariel's past was interesting and I liked her back story. I thought that the details about John, his past, and his business a bit sketchy at times but, perhaps deliberate on the author's part as well. There were quite a few secondary characters and some felt bit under developed.
I was in the mood for an international thriller and this one fit the bill. The Portugal setting was a bonus and even though this thriller was longer than it needed to be in IMO, I liked the high stakes aspect to the story and found that it really held my interest. Its unexpected twists and turns added to my enjoyment. I also thought that the author did a good job with the big reveal. Readers who enjoy international thriller with a political bend should give this one a try.
RATING - 4/5 stars
NOTE: The audiobook download was provided by the publisher Macmillan Audio and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.