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The Farm - Tom Rob Smith

The Farm - Tom Rob Smith
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Title: The Farm

Author:  Tom Rob Smith

ISBN:  9781847375698

Weight:  919g

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The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

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…

Peer & Press Reviews

Tom Rob Smith breathes new life into the landscape, transcending the traditional crime fiction genre with an intricately-knitted thriller steeped in mythology.  In The Farm, Rob Smith demonstrates the same craftsmanship that saw his highly-acclaimed novel Child 44 claim the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, among its many plaudits.  This latest offering is a tapestry of fairytales old and new; so unsettling and oppressive that it blurs the distinctions between sanity and madness, reality and fantasy, leaving the reader guessing until the bitter end.

Independent

Gripping, atmospheric…  This absorbing novel thrives on gradually revealing the intimate details of lives, showing how they become hidden not only from strangers, but from those closest to them.  The relationship between parents and children is excellently explored as the author traces the toxic effect of lies and reveals some shocking home truths.

Observer

Though The Farm may initially appear to be full of enjoyably restful conventions, these gradually unravel to confound our expectations…  Smith’s twisting turning novel shows that Scandi crime retains the ability to surprise and thrill.

Louise Welch, Guardian

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Farm
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Cover note On the front panel of the book is a ‘SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR’ sticker (see image).  As the cover has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Film adaptation In March 2014, BBC Films and Shine Pictures bought the film rights to The Farm.
Book Stats
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781847375698
ISBN 10 1847375693
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages 351
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 161 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph James Hopkirk
Cover design Matt Johnson

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