Book 27 – Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Compelling, fast paced and at times, a hard, distressing read, this thriller centred around the hunt for a serial killer. What lifted it a few notches above the average was its setting in the Soviet Union at the time of Stalin’s death and into the beginning of the Krushchev era. I don’t know where Smith’s interest in the Soviet system comes from, or how much research he did for the novel. But he’s presented a very powerful image of what it might be like to live a life, where every movement is monitored, no-one can be trusted and your home, career, position and the safety of your whole family be jeapardised after a bad day at work.

 

 

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