“Two Nights in Lisbon”

People are not who they seem to be on the surface.

Ariel Price wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband, John, brought her along on a business trip, but he left the hotel without leaving a note. She is worried and takes readers along as she looks for him. Everywhere she turns she is met with condescending indifference, patronizing sympathy, and overwhelming unresponsiveness; no one wants to help. “Officials” do not care about something that is probably just a little marital dispute. Ariel owns a bookstore and reads tons of mysteries, so she knows a little about investigations, but she is not prepared to find her missing husband in a foreign country where few people speak English. And, she is being followed.

Ariel quickly becomes frantic, and readers wonder how far she will have to go to find her husband. She and her husband both have complex pasts filled with secrets. It is hard to live a lie, and those past secrets come storming back to complicate the present. There are convenient day and time references as the intricate maze of human relationships unfolds over two days filled with deception.

I listened to “Two Nights in Lisbon” as an audiobook narrated by January LaVoy. LaVoy has a multidimensional voice that at various times is melodic, matter of fact, cautionary, unsettling, and alarming. There is urgency in the narration as well as a tone of hope and a dread of what is to come. I received a review audio copy of “Two Nights in Lisbon” from by Chris Pavone, January LaVoy, and Macmillan Audio.

“Two Nights in Lisbon” is now available in print, as an e-book, and as an audiobook from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries and anywhere books are sold.