Ariel Pryce accompanies her new husband John Wright on a business trip to Lisbon, Portugal. When she wakes up in the morning in their hotel room, John is gone. He has simply vanished. Initially, the authorities don’t take his disappearance too seriously. Convinced her husband has been kidnapped, Ariel eventually gets the attention of the local police and the American Embassy. When Ariel receives a demand for 3 million euros for ransom, the situation gets very tense and the CIA gets involved. Who is John Wright and why would someone kidnap him? It doesn’t take long for the CIA to figure out that John is not who he says he is. And it appears that Ariel is also hiding things. With time running out, Ariel is forced to turn to the absolutely last person she ever wanted to speak to again but he is the only one who has the money she needs to save her husband.
Two Nights in Lisbon starts as a traditional missing/kidnapped husband thriller but the plot gets complicated and evolves into tense political intrigue. Author Chris Pavone’s book starts strong and held my interest throughout. In addition to rooting for Ariel, a strong character, I particularly liked Pete Wagstaff, the American reporter working in Lisbon who is determined to uncover who is behind the kidnapping and the identity of the person who gave Ariel the ransom money. If he is correct, he’s on the verge of a huge story.
Many thanks to MCD / Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Macmillan for the opportunity to read this smart, suspenseful book in advance of its release.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: May 24, 2022.
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