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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
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Jan 16, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

Even if this book did not have a chilling and well-paced murder mystery rippling through its pages, it would still be a page-turner, given the awful and very real time period in which it's set. In 1953 Stalinist USSR, there is no crime. How could there be, in a Perfect State?

Enter a world where good is bad, where earnest is malicious, where even your closest friends and lovers are potential enemies. I found this, this very fact of this time and place and reality, to be far more frightening than the series of gruesome child murders (the true accounts of which this book embroiders).

Smith does an incredibly thorough job of placing the reader in as much peril as our hero. I had nightmares while I read it. High praise, indeed!

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