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24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Child 44

Tom Rob Smith's debut is an excellent book. If I was able to, I'd give it 4.5 stars. Smith's plotting is dynamically executed and his prose is phenomenal. Not only did I find myself devouring the book, but I found that it has created a strong interest in literature of s...
Tom Rob Smith's debut is an excellent book. If I was able to, I'd give it 4.5 stars. Smith's plotting is dynamically executed and his prose is phenomenal. Not only did I find myself devouring the book, but I found that it has created a strong interest in literature of similar topics (specifically Stalinist Russia). Having studied the case which the novel is based off of, I can say that Smith did a good job tying the fictional to the facts. Now for my few gripes, and believe me, they are small. Despite the uniqueness of the characters and Smith's excellent portrayal of them, I never really connected to anyone. I really liked Leo, but it's challenging to relate to the types of characters that are in this book. Second, at times I felt like Smith was beating the whole 'see how tense it was in Stalinist Russia' thing to death. He kept reminding us of the things that did or didn't happen in such a paranoid state, and sometimes it was just too much. Lastly, the twist was a bit cliche. I believe it is Jasper Fforde who makes fun of the various stereotypical plot devices used by giving them numbers (i.e. "looks like a plot device 27 to me sir"). Smith's twist was definitely a plot device number whatever, but by the time you find out, you don't care because the rest of the book is so enjoyable.

posted by Janus on December 26, 2009

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34 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

not for the squeamish

I hadn't realized when I picked this book up that it had so many graphic torture scenes. The dust cover promised a story about the search for a serial killer. After 150 pages there was only a hint of this storyline so I gave up. Not what I expected.

posted by Anonymous on August 5, 2008

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