- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 34mm | 660g
- Publication date: 13 February 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847375693
- ISBN 13: 9781847375698
- Sales rank: 9,478
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...
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Born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father, Tom Rob Smith's bestselling novels in the Child 44 trilogy were international publishing sensations. Among its many honours, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writer Award for Best First Novel, the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize. Child 44 is now a major motion picture starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman.
By Vera Murphy Whelton 01 Jul 2014
I was so excited waiting for this book to go on sale that I had a countdown on my calendar! It just had to be a good read didn't it? Well if you were going by the last 3 books you would think so, but regrettably this wasn't so. TR Smith spent the whole book developing the plot, revealing layer after layer of characters, while the readers mind was racing with ones own opinion of the ending when suddenly....it's (the end) there and the book is finished. This story had potential, not a very satisfying end, even a bit immature. If it was my first Tom Rob Smith book to read, I wouldn't read any previous books (but do!)
By Janice Margaret Warne 21 Mar 2014
Having had enjoyed T R Smith's previous books, I must say I was rather looking forward to this one.
The plot at first was taking its good time to reveal itself, and when it did, looking back, I thought it reminded me of previous disappointingScandinavian writers.......the atmosphere the book engendered
Was a little pedestrian for my taste.....most of the characters displayed major personality flaws.....there is no doubting I enjoyed the read, but " chilling,hypnotic and thoroughly chilling? No.