Review: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

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Title: The Farm

Author: Tom Rob Smith

Pages: 352

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

ISBN: 9780446550734

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Ratings: 4-Star

Read: April 16, 2015- May 2,2015 – I own a copy.

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. 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. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and 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.”

When Daniel gets off the phone after talking to his mother, we embark in this amazing journey of lies, secrets and misconceptions through rural Sweden. Daniel is caught between his parents allegations against each other, and at times it is simply impossible to distinguish who’s telling the truth. There is so much more to this novel than meets the eye.

I read this book in a few days not because of lack of interest, but purely for lack of time. Smith does a fantastic job at building the suspense in this novel and weaving a compelling plot that is really a plot within a plot, full of twists and turns.

What I simply adored about this book was the fact that I had it all wrong. I never saw that ending coming.

I definitely recommend this book! This was my first novel by author Tom Rob Smith, and I simply LOVED it! I’m really looking forward to reading more books from him.

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith”

  1. I’m so glad I saw this review. I just bought this book yesterday and I’m really excited to read it. I’ve only just discovered him myself and I’m reading another one of his books, ‘Child 44’, at the moment. It is so good! Right from the first sentence I was completely hooked.

    Something interesting about ‘The Farm’ though – did you know he got the idea for the story after his mother had a psychotic break? His parents were living on a farm in Sweden and just like in the book, she turned up on his doorstep in London one day saying all this conspiracy stuff. I read an article about it just yesterday actually (and now of course I can’t find it!).
    It’s amazing how much real life events can inspire stories sometimes.

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