The Farm, a new novel by Tom Rob Smith

The farmDaniel’s world view was shaped by a loving family life. He adored and appreciated his parents. So he was plagued with guilt over not telling his parents about his partner, Mark. This guilt kept him from visiting their Swedish farm, where they had moved from London to retire. A phone call from his father forced him to buy a ticket to Sweden. His mother had been admitted to an asylum. Before he could board the plane he received a call from his mother. She had escaped the asylum and was on her way to see him. The old satchel she brought with her was her only piece of luggage. The way she was carrying it it could have been filled with lead bricks. The story she brought with her was a lot heavier. Her tale included lies, betrayal, child-endangerment, and murder. Daniel didn’t know what to do or who to trust, but her story gave him no choice but to act. He asked his mother, “Do you trust me?”

These four pivotal words changed the course of the book. What Daniel did changed him and brought him to a greater understanding of his family, and of himself.

This well-written story is fast-paced and spooky. About mid-way through the book I was looking over MY shoulder.

This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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