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Published (UK) by Simon & Schuster, 12 February
2015. ISBN: 978-1-84739-675-4 (PB)
Published (USA) by Grand Central Publishing, 24
February 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4555-5106-4 (PB)
novel has many of the aspects of banality, but it is anything but
triteness. In fact, it bristles with originality. The plot centers
on Daniel, the homosexual son of a couple who worked hard all their lives only
to end up with almost nothing because of investments destroyed during poor
economic times. They choose to buy a farm in a remote part of Sweden,
where Daniel’s mother was born and lived until she left for England at the age
of 16 years. There the plan for a contented retirement falls apart when
she encounters what she believes to be a conspiracy.
Daniel, who has consistently put off visiting his
parents because he is reluctant to disclose his sexual preference and introduce
them to his significant other, receives a shocking phone call from his father
informing him that his mother is not well, suffering from imagined occurrences
and actually a psychotic breakdown. She is brought to a hospital and
Daniel prepares to fly to Sweden, but before he can, his mother leaves the
hospital and flies to London in an effort to enlist his assistance in reporting
the conspiracy to the police.
This begins a slow, painstaking presentation by
Daniel’s mother, as she unfolds her experiences, observations and conclusions
on the perceived evils that have taken place in the vicinity of the farm,
including a possible sex ring involving young girls and maybe the murder of the
16-year-old daughter of a leading resident of the area. At the conclusion,
Daniel undertakes to investigate the allegations by flying to Sweden and
tracing his mother’s life from the beginning to the recent events. And it
turns out to be quite a trip giving the author an opportunity to turn
everything upside down.
------ Reviewer: Ted Feit
Tom Rob Smithwas born in 1979 in London to a Swedish mother and an
English father. He attended Cambridge University. His bestselling novels in the
Child 44 trilogy were international
publishing sensations. Among its many honours, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writer Award for Best
First Novel, the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel
Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for
the Costa First Novel Award and the inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize. Child 44 is now a major motion picture
starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY, a few miles outside New York City. For 26 years,
Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband,
Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor for,
over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly publications. Having
always been avid mystery readers, and since they're now retired, they're able
to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear online as well as in three
print publications in the UK
and US. On a more personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted
have five children and nine grandchildren between them.