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From Tom Rob Smith—author of the phenomenal Child 44 trilogy—comes one of the most anticipated novels of 2014…

The Farm

Until the moment he receives a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful, well-deserved retirement. They had sold their home and business in London and bid farewell to England, setting off to begin life anew on a remote, bucolic farm in rural Sweden.

But with that phone call, everything changes. Your mother’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things—terrible, terrible things. She has had a psychotic breakdown and been committed to a mental hospital.

Daniel prepares to rush to Sweden on the first available flight. Before he can board the plane, his father contacts him with even more frightening news: his mother has discharged herself from hospital, and he doesn’t know where she is.

Then his mother calls:

“I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad. I don’t need a doctor. I need the police. I’m about to board a flight to London. 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, lies, a horrible crime, and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Tom Rob Smith breathes new life into the landscape, transcending the traditional crime fiction genre with an intricately-knitted thriller steeped in mythology...[Smith] demonstrates the same craftsmanship that saw his highly-acclaimed novel Child 44 claim the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer and [be] long-listed for the Manbooker Prize, among its many plaudits. Meticulously weaving together literary themes of revenge and madness...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. The Independent (UK)
  • Chilling, hypnotic and thoroughly compelling. You will not read a better thriller this year. Mark Billingham, international bestselling author of The Dying Hours
  • This is a neatly plotted book full of stories within stories, which gradually unravel to confound our expectations...Smith's twisting, turning novel shows that Scandi crime also retains the ability to surprise and thrill. The Guardian (UK)
  • On rare occasions, an author pulls off the high-wire act of writing a crime-oriented novel that easily transcends the genre. The Farm is one of these...[Smith's] skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that's both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family. Structurally innovative and stylistically resonant, The Farm is a remarkable achievement. Jeffery Deaver, bestselling author of The Kill Room
  • 'Impossible to put down' has become as overused a thing to say about books as the one saying that the people writing them should stick with what they know. In the case of The Farm, it is close to true (I read it in about three sittings and real life felt like an impertinent interruption whenever I had to put it down). Child 44 was one of those rare books that managed to thrill both the Booker judges and the Richard and Judy brigade. The Farm is, perhaps, even better. It is so good, in fact, that you will finish it quickly and then be jealous of anyone who hasn't read it yet. The Independent (UK)
  • 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. The Observer (UK)
  • Tom Rob-Smith breathes new life into the landscape, transcending the traditional crime fiction genre with an intricately-knitted thriller steeped in mythology...[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 Manbooker Prize, among its many plaudits. Meticulously weaving together literary themes of revenge and madness...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. The Independent (UK)
  • This is a neatly plotted book full of stories within stories, which gradually unravel to confound our expectations...Smith's twisting, turning novel shows that Scandi crime also retains the ability to surprise and thrill. The Guardian (UK)
  • A pacey page-turner with an ending you'll be dying to talk about. Good Housekeeping (UK) - Thriller of the Month
  • A mind-blowing, addictive plot that will have you on the edge of your seat, tearing through the pages as the truth - involving a missing teenage girl, Swedish folklore and some sinister neighbors - slowly leaks out. Stylist (UK)
  • On rare occasions, an author pulls off the high-wire act of writing a crime-oriented novel that easily transcends the genre. The Farm is one of these...[Smith's] skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that's both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family. Structurally innovative and stylistically resonant, The Farm is a remarkable achievement. Jeffery Deaver, bestselling author of The Kill Room
  • I read this book in two greedy sittings, absolutely and joyfully clueless as to where it was leading. Tom Rob Smith has created a truly original and chilling thriller, which makes you ask yourself 'who would I believe'? Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
  • Chilling, hypnotic and thoroughly compelling. You will not read a better thriller this year. Mark Billingham, international bestselling author of Sleepyhead
  • Another first-class, must-read crime novel. Booklist on Agent 6 (starred review)
  • A gripping, relentless whodunit plot...Most readers will reach the final page with regret and in awe of Smith's uncompromising vision. Publisher's Weekly on Agent 6 (starred review)
  • An old-fashioned thriller that would do Ludlum and le Carré proud...A big book, in every sense, that's sure to draw attention. Kirkus on Agent 6 (starred review)
  • When a trilogy is as unpredictable and riveting as Tom Rob Smith's Child 44 series...expectations quickly evaporate in a page-turning frenzy...With a cinematographer's eye for settings and historical detail, Smith uses Leo's journey to examine larger issues, especially the political, social and religious systems that both unite and divide us. BookPage on Agent 6
  • Fans of Smith's first two books will avidly seek out the final chapter, though this one stands on its own as well... The buildup of suspense over several decades is the armchair equivalent of a jaw-jarringly extreme ride at an amusement park. Library Journal on Agent 6
  • Tom Rob Smith secures his place in the pantheon of crime writers with this taut, absorbing conclusion to the trilogy he so brilliantly began with Child 44 and The Secret Speech. On Agent 6 -- Amazon's Best Books of the Month for January
  • Relentless action, a flawed but fascinating protagonist and a clear-eyed view of the absolute brutality of an authoritarian government. Dallas Morning News on Agent 6
  • In Smith's hands [the] scenes attain a pulse of exhilaration worthy of Dickens by way of Conrad...a broadening of moral scope and thematic richness. Dennis Lehane for The New York Times Book Review on The Secret Speech
  • His mastery of suspense will make any reader's heart pound. Financial Times on Child 44
  • “On rare occasions, an author pulls off the high-wire act of writing a crime-oriented novel that easily transcends the genre. The Farm is one of these…[Smith’s] skills are as finely honed as ever, with this tale that’s both a page-turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover, and his family. Structurally innovative and stylistically resonant, The Farm is a remarkable achievement.”

    Jeffrey Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

  • Smith keeps the reader guessing up to the powerfully effective resolution that's refreshingly devoid of contrivances. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • I read this book in two greedy sittings, absolutely and joyfully clueless as to where it was leading. Tom Rob Smith has created a truly original and chilling thriller, which makes you ask yourself 'who would I believe'? Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
  • “I read this book in two greedy sittings, absolutely and joyfully clueless as to where it was leading. Tom Rob Smith has created a truly original and chilling thriller, which makes you ask yourself, ‘Who would I believe?’”

    Jojoy Moyes, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “A pacey page-turner with an ending you’ll be dying to talk about.”

    Good Housekeeping (UK), Thriller of the Month

  • “Is there anything more unnerving than the realization that you can’t trust your own mother? Maybe the realization that you can’t trust your father either. That’s the killer premise of The Farm.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Tom Rob Smith breathes new life into the landscape, transcending the traditional crime fiction genre with an intricately knitted thriller steeped in mythology…[Smith] demonstrates the same craftsmanship that saw his highly acclaimed novel Child 44 claim the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer…Meticulously weaving together literary themes of revenge and madness…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 (UK)

  • “This is a neatly plotted book full of stories within stories, which gradually unravel to confound our expectations…Smith’s twisting, turning novel shows that Scandi crime also retains the ability to surprise and thrill.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Superior…Smith keeps the reader guessing up to the powerfully effective resolution that’s refreshingly devoid of contrivances.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Smith does creepy very well, setting scenes that slowly build in intensity, and he keeps readers guessing about who can and cannot be trusted…A satisfying mystery on ground that, though familiar, manages to yield surprises in Smith’s skillful telling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The author’s first stand-alone novel after his wildly successful Soviet-era trilogy hits the ground running…The unreliability of Tilde’s narration—is she telling the truth about this sinister scheme or is she crazy?—provides the novel with a constant tension…A worthy addition to the growing canon of Scandinavian crime thrillers.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrators Suzanne Toren and James Langton team up for this new thriller. As a mother tells her son the story that landed her in a psychiatric hospital, Toren’s delivery of her desperation and paranoia is so convincing that listeners will likely want to institutionalize her themselves. As the son, Langton hones in on his character’s internal conflict: Should he believe his pleading mother with her satchel of ‘evidence’ or trust his father’s judgment that she’s lost her grip on reality. Langton deftly juggles the son’s unwavering love and impatient frustration. The story itself has weaknesses that cannot be overcome. Those who manage to weather the mother’s entire bizarre story will likely be disappointed with the anticlimactic ending. Nonetheless, the narrations are outstanding.”

    AudioFile

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2014
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014
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