The Farm

By Tom Rob Smith (Trade Paperback, 2015)
The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy...

The Farm

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.

The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy...

The Farm

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.

Tom Rob Smith was born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father. His bestselling novels in the Child 44 trilogy were international publishing sensations. Named one of the top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
  • "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. In the vein of  Høeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow and Le Carre's A Perfect Spy, the tale brilliantly choreographs the collision of the present with the familial past. Author Smith takes a new direction here, but his 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).

  • "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).

  • "The best thrillers combine narrative tension, first-rate plotting and enough psychological insight to satisfy the human hunger for identification...Smith can do all this." (The Guardian on Agent 6).

  • "With Agent 6, Smith has created an epic finale...Smith has a gift for sharply-etched characterization...A twisty thriller in a class with le Carré, Agent 6 is a satisfying culmination to the trilogy." (Suspense Magazine on Agent 6 ).

  • "Tom Rob Smith is a name to watch." (Agent 6 -- Ten Best Crime Novels, Independent).

  • "An intricate game, a history lesson, philosophy in action." (Juxtabook on Agent 6).

  • "Superb ... action-packed, immaculately researched ... pungent and powerful." (Metro on Agent 6).

  • "The phrase 'master storyteller' simply cannot do him justice...The curtain may have fallen on this particular dark tale, but it has been well and truly raised on a new talent who looks set to be entertaining and moving us for many decades to come." (Scotsman on Agent 6).

  • "Tom Rob Smith is back, from Russia without love. Reading his books is a roller coaster experience ... In the amusement park of contemporary literature, Smith's attractions are among the most exciting ones." (Corriere della Sera on Agent 6).

  • "After the stunning Child 44... comes the sweeping, brilliant finale of his Cold War epic." (Mirror on Agent 6).

  • "[Agent 6 has] an improvised feel, a terrific, freewheeling energy and pace, to which Rob Smith's non-nonsense prose is perfectly suited." (Daily Telegraph on Agent 6).

  • "Tom Rob Smith's breathlessly paced The Secret Speech goes even further than last year's acclaimed Child 44 in capturing the mood of the Cold War-era Soviet Union...Smith's story evolves into an explosive thriller - fueled by blind love, fear of rejection and two death-defying journeys that could lead to Demidov's redemption - or not." (USA Today on The Secret Speech).

  • "Sensational...crackling...Smith's prose is propulsive...his real genius is his careful potting...an elaborate mystery." (Entertainment Weekly on Child 44).

  • "One of the rare pleasures of the book-reviewing trade is first hearing all sorts of advance hype about a novel and then finding out that every word was true." (Chicago Tribune on Child 44).

Product Details

The Farm
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN
  • Pages: 368
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455551064
  • On Sale Date: 01/13/2015
The Farm