Child 44 (Unabridged)
by Tom Rob Smith
Open iTunes to Buy
MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife. Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust. He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life. And still the killings of children continue.
I bought this audiobook as a bit of a 'whim', but what a book!, and what an author!! A real twist on the usual 'murder mystery', with a unique setting and gripping plot! You can really feel the fear of the Soviet State hanging over the characters as they try to catch the killer. It's a long book, but it's so absorbing that you don't notice the time go by. If you buy this book, don't expect to get much work done! Quite an expensive purchase (itunes audiobooks tend to be) so I wouldn't say 'value for money', more 'luxurious indulgence'. Unfortunately, because of the price (and the price alone, because the book is excellent) it scores 4 stars!
I found this book in the tea room at work
I picked it up and could Hardly put it down
What a great book
Apparently there is a second part to it!!
I agree Matt Cameron.
I also bought this book on a whim but i am very glad that i did. For me, it was a learning experience about communist Russia teamed up with a fascinating story. This is in my top 10 for sure.