The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy...
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. 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.
Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.
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Tom Rob Smith’s heart-pounding psychological thriller follows a man named Daniel, who is caught between his elderly parents when they emerge from their quiet retirement in rural Sweden to fling horrific accusations at each other. Who’s telling the truth? We ripped through The Farm, scared of what we’d discover—and loving every minute of it.
At the start of this superior psychological thriller from Thriller Award winner Smith (Child 44), the narrator, a Londoner known only as Daniel, receives a phone call from his father, who has retired with his wife to a farm in Sweden. The father tells Daniel that his mother is in the hospital. For months, she has been "imagining things terrible, terrible things." Before Daniel can fly to Sweden, his father calls again to inform him that she persuaded the doctors to authorize her discharge and has disappeared. As Daniel struggles to accept that news, his mother phones to announce that she's flying to Heathrow and that everything his father has told him "is a lie." When she arrives, she offers a complex tale to buttress her conviction that she has been plotted against, leaving Daniel uncertain as to whom and what to believe. Smith keeps the reader guessing up to the powerfully effective resolution that's refreshingly devoid of contrivances.
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I haven't read anything like this before. It slowed down in the middle for awhile but the ending was worth it. I thought I had it all figured out at one point and was completely wrong, which was nice. I recommend it.
Wow! What a great story!
This story is very well written. It grabbed me from the first few pages and I didn't let go until I reached the end! I could not put it down until the mystery was revealed. I highly recommend it even though it costs more than what I typically spend on an e-book; it's well worth the price! Now I want to read other books by this author.
I've read several books in a similar vain as this, and believe one in particular inspired this one. However, I am not confusing "inspiration" with "imitation." For me, this stands on its own as possibly one of the most impressive examples of great storytelling I've read. Surely a movie adaptation is soon to follow?