The Farm Tom Rob Smith

51-Ghufp08L._AA160_ Pub: Simon & Schuster


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.’

Presented with a horrific crime, a conspiracy that implicates his own father, Daniel must examine the evidence and decide: who is telling the truth, his mother or his father? And he has secrets of his own that for too long he has kept hidden.

According to Daniels father, his mother has had a psychotic break and has been committed to the asylum. Having talked her way out she is now on her way from Sweden to London to tell Daniel her story and present him with the ‘evidence’ that she is the victim of  a terrible conspiracy, and she begs him not to believe anything his father tells him.

With tales of insanity and sabotage, his mother relates to him a fascinating account of the last few months of her life. This is not an hysterical tale, but one of suspicion and accusation. This is a very intriguing novel, and one that kind of tells you everything that is going on but leaves you thinking their something more. This  is a totally absorbing and involving read.

The Farm is one of the most curious and interesting books that I have ever read.  Tim Rob Smith is an incredibly gifted story-teller. The plot progression is evenly paced, it really does keep the reader turning the page.

I particularly enjoyed the setting..a very cold and snowy Sweden, with a remote and broken farm.

The ending is moving and has a twist, that while reading the book I just didn’t see coming.

Worth reading and one I am happy to recommend.



3 thoughts on “The Farm Tom Rob Smith

  1. While I did enjoy this, I much preferred Child 44, Agent 6 and The Secret Speech – but it does depend if you enjoy these old Russian KGB “everyone spying on everyone” tales, which I have a real weakness for. He also wrote London Spy for TV – I was gutted at missing the last two episodes! I always think I’ve loads of time to watch stuff on iPlayer, but 4 weeks flies in. That’s what happens when you’ve always got your nose in a book I guess! Great review (and I read in The Sunday Times Magazine it was based on a true incident with his parents!)

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