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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
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Sep 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

A glance of a terrible place to live - 1933 in Russian - where people are so hungry they eat their pets. Skip to 1953 - and he horrors continue. I don't know much about Russian history and I'd like to think it wasn't as bad as Mr. Smith shows us but I suspect it was. Not so different from Nazi Germany where neighbour was encouraged to spy on neighbour and even Hilter Youth kids betrayed their parents. Child 44 was chilling view of Russian society - a bleak landscape in all respects. Leo was really well drawn, the relationship between him and his parents and his wife - all heart rending. I knew the opening had to link in somewhere and I'd sort of guessed partly but not completely. I think I felt the end a little rushed somehow but maybe we'd had enough of the horror by then.
I was completely engrossed in this book from start to finish. If you like thrillers with meat - this is definitely one to read.

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