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Cracking Crime: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

You don’t know who to believe in this atmospheric thriller!

About the book

If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son…

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother’s birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes.

Your mother… she’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things – terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital.

Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad… I need the police… Meet me at Heathrow.

Daniel is immediately caught between his parents – whom to believe, whom to trust? He becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury. Presented with a horrific crime, a conspiracy that implicates his own father, Daniel must examine the evidence and decide for himself: who is telling the truth? And he has secrets of his own that for too long he has kept hidden…

It’s Dead Good because…

It has an extraordinary sense of place and atmosphere. Smith has done a wonderful job of setting the scene, the reader feels as Daniel does, a listening judge of Tilde’s story, you’re in the front seat as she methodically explains the reason why she’s turned up out of the blue, on the run from a mental hospital where she believes she was incarcerated for knowing too much.

The unreliable narrative delivered by Tilde is deeply moving, you can’t help but feel her loneliness and persecution, left without a friend to support her in a difficult cultural situation. But it moves on and becomes more sinister as family history and lies unveil different perspectives on each character and you soon realise that judgement and viewpoints is a strong theme within The Farm. All these and more contrive to leave you completely hooked and wondering who to believe, you won’t be able to put this book down.

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