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Grand Central Publishing
368 pages
Product Description
<em>The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal </em>Child 44<em> trilogy...</em><br><br><strong>The Farm</strong><br><br><em>If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.</em><br><br>Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. <br><br><em>Your mother...she's not well</em>, his father tells him. <em>She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things</em>. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. <br><br>Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: <em>Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.</em><br><br>Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.
Grand Central Publishing
368 pages Review
<p><strong>An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014:</strong> <em>The Farm</em> is the sum of its parts: a psychological thriller written with the intricate plotting and pacing of a spy novelist. Tom Rob Smith, best known for the Cold War-era series <em>Child 44</em>, steps out of his comfort zone to deliver a he-said she-said mystery that rivals the delicate balancing act of Gillian Flynn’s <em>Gone Girl</em>. Daniel visits his parents, only to discover that his mother and father no longer trust each other. In fact, something so sinister may be at play that his entire life could be a lie. You'll go back and forth between believing and doubting the mother’s conspiracies about a girl who goes missing in a small Swedish town. Smith cleverly places the burden of the narrative on Daniel’s interior dilemma--the guilt of choosing one parent over the other and his unwillingness to let go of the parents he once thought he understood. I won't give anything away, but the truth turns out to be both a satisfying resolution of plot and an emotionally crushing finale. <em>--Kevin Nguyen</em></p>