The Farm by Tom Rob SmithThe Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Farm

byTom Rob Smith

Hardcover | February 23, 2016

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The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenalChild 44trilogy...

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.
International #1 bestselling author Tom Rob Smith graduated fromCambridgeUniversityin 2001 and lives inLondon. His novels in theChild 44trilogywereNew York Timesbestsellers and international publishing sensations. Among its many honors,Child 44won the ITW 2009 Thriller Award for Best First Novel,The Strand Magazine2008 Critics Award fo...
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Title:The FarmFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446550736

ISBN - 13:9780446550734

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read by a great author I found this book somewhat of a departure from the authors other books, but a great story regardless. I found the characters engaging and vulnerable as the story unravelled, though there certainly could have been more depth to them.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great psychological thriller I haven't read any other books from this author and it seems that most of the disappointed reviews come from readers who read Tom Rob Smith's previous books and claim this one to be "different". Well, I certainly like how this book is written, even though son's character lacks a little bit in development. But this is the kind of book you might want to re-read later, to pay more attention to details and how they shape into the ending. This book will be interesting for someone, who is into psychology, psychiatry and not just regular crime/ mystery novels. I didn't find this novel boring. It took me about 4 nights to finish it (would've been faster, if not my full-time job).
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Smith's best but still a good read Smith's other works were much more engaging in my opinion. The Farm aimed towards a slightly 'nordic crime' vibe but I didn't find the execution held it up as a wonderful book. Still a good read though.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Smith's best but still a good read Smith's other works were much more engaging in my opinion. The Farm aimed towards a slightly 'nordic crime' vibe but I didn't find the execution held it up as a wonderful book. Still a good read though.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Forgettable Pageturner This is a good novel to pick up, read in one or two sittings, and immediately forget you've ever read it. It was a compelling enough plot that I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next, but not anything that will stick with me. The characters are all but non-existent in this novel. They have names and the barest of personalities, but that's about it. The plot is presented in a very matter-of-fact, almost sterile manner. In some ways, this works to make it more of a page turner, but it also hinders because I felt absolutely no connection to the story at all. Even the few facts you do get about the characters (Daniel is gay and afraid to come out to his parents, Chris is poor and apparently smokes a lot of weed) don't really add anything to the plot. They feel like they were thrown in as a very poor attempt at adding personality to the characters, but it didn't work at all. The "twist" is also not very well handled. So much time is spent on the repetitive, in-depth presentation of Tilde's evidence, that when Daniel starts actually piecing things together, it feels rushed. I think there are only four chapters (granted, one is considerably longer than any of the other 80+ chapters in the book) devoted to not only wrapping up Tilde's story, but also Daniel's investigation of her evidence. Things don't quite fit together right. It's like the author was in a rush to finish up and not exceed a certain number of pages, so he just jammed any two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together and called it a day. It just wasn't satisfying. It was an okay quick weekend read, but nothing that stood out in any way.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting until the end Although this book dances around the main plot at times, I was riveted until the ending. If the book could have ended ten pages earlier, I would have given it a five.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. After having read raving reviews for this book I decided to read it, although I was incredibly disappointed. The concept sounds riveting, but the delivery fell short. 80% of the novel is of the mother building up to this incident, meticulously weaving the story, and stretching it out so far only causes the reader to grow tediously bored. In the end, the son travels back to the farm where all of this takes place to try and garner some truth in her long-winded tale, and we find out some "shocking" revelations, though at this point the twist feels misplaced- like it shouldn't even be in the story at all. It didn't cause me as a reader to feel any gut-wrenching emotions at its discovery, as I'm not given enough information about his grandparents for this to come as any sort of a shock. Although I had the patience to sit through and wait out the mother to finish her story, in the end I'm left with a lot to be desired. This book was overall very disappointing and just isn't for me.
Date published: 2016-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Farm The Farm pits Daniel in a strange tangled web of contradictory stories from his parents who have bought a farm in her native Sweden for their retirement. Who can he believe, what is fact and what is fiction? Daniel has not had much direct involvement with his parents has he has been unsure how to share the secret of his own relationship with Mark. As their only child he is not sure how they will take the knowledge that he is gay. Daniel’s mother calls just as he is about to board a plane for Sweden in response to an earlier call from his father about his mother. His mother presents him with a detailed if somewhat fanciful account of their time on the farm in Sweden. Her story is one of intrigue and secrets, of impropriety and murder. Daniel’s father is concerned that his wife has lost touch with reality. Who is he to believe, where can he find truth? A wonderful yarn that keeps you turning the pages as Daniel listens to his mother’s story and then has to make a choice to believe it or to admit that his mother needs help. The ending of the story answers many of the questions and some of the answers lie between fact and fiction. Fictions created to protect the perpetrators of a number of incidents some criminal some to protect reputations some to do both. The last words of the story leave us hanging to know more, now that the truth is told, what next.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The farm Great book..lots of twists and turns..didn't like ending though..left me with too many unanswered questions
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspired by events in Smith's own life Tom Rob Smith is the award winning author of the Child 44 trilogy, but an author I hadn't read until now. His newest release is The Farm. Daniel's parents,Tilde and Chris, for personal and financial reasons, have decided to move from England to Sweden - Tilde's birth country. They buy a small farm in an isolated community and look forward to a bucolic retirement.Daniel keeps meaning to visit, but for his own reasons, keeps putting it off, believing his parents are happily pursuing their dream. But when his father calls saying his Mum isn't well and has in fact has been hospitalized, he is shaken. Then his Mum calls, saying she has fled Sweden - and Chris - and is on her way to see him in England. She is cryptic, saying she will only reveal what has been going on in when she gets there. But, he must believe her.....his father is dangerous and her life is in danger....If he doesn't believe her, he is no longer her son. What a great premise! Smith slowly lets Tilde tell her carefully documented story, complete with her proof. The reader is inexorably caught up in Tilde's slowly built case. But Daniel is torn - this is not the father he knows. Could his mother be mistaken? The reader is never sure of what is the truth - Tilde's 'evidence' seems quite plausible, but her manic paranoia makes her an unreliable narrator. I really enjoy this style of book - not knowing who is telling the truth, trying to find the thread of what has truly happened in the narrative. I thought Smith did a fabulous job with this. It was only after I finished the book and was reading more about Tom Rob Smith, that I discovered that the inspiration for The Farm was his from his own life. (Spoiler if you click through). In fact, this book is a mirror of that situation - underlining why I thought the writing was so compelling. While Smith's personal situation was resolved much quicker, the fictional tale had me wondering until the final pages what was real and what would happen. I really enjoyed The Farm.
Date published: 2014-08-25

Editorial Reviews

"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