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, the country of his mother's birth.
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.In fact, she has 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. Daniel is immediately caught between his parents - whom to believe, whom to trust?
He becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury. Presented with a horrific crime, a conspiracy that implicates his own father, Daniel must examine the evidence and decide for himself: who is telling the truth? And he has secrets of his own that for too long he has kept hidden...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/02/2014
- Category: Espionage & spy thriller
- ISBN: 9781847375698
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Review by Carpe_Librum
Oh my goodness! I've been hanging out to read The Farm by Tom Rob Smith ever since I heard the premise:Daniel's parents have retired to Sweden, and all seems well until he receives a call from his father."Your mother's not well. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and has been committed to a mental hospital." But then his mother rings to say: "I'm sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad. I don't need a doctor. I need the police. I'm about to board a flight to London. Meet me at Heathrow." (Source: GoodReads).Daniel then has to decide which of his parents to believe. I was instantly hooked by the premise, and instantly gripped by the plot as soon as I picked up the book.In fact, there was so much tension in The Farm, that I actually exclaimed, out loud, twice! The first was when Daniel's Mum says the simple words: "I told him everything" and I instantly yelled out "NO!"And the second was when it was clear Daniel had made his decision about which parent to believe (no spoilers though). Oh, and the ending too, so I guess that makes three out loud exclamations and luckily for me they all occurred at home.The Farm is a mystery and psychological thriller, which is surprising given the content is not driven by action so much as learning the truth about what took place. The plot is tight and the tension is palpable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. I was also pleased to learn the movie rights have been sold, hopefully it's not too long before we can watch The Farm on the big screen. Get it, read it now!
Review by nicx27
An interesting book this one. I really enjoyed Tom Rob Smith's Leo Demidov trilogy but this book was completely different. Daniel's parents, Swedish born Tilde and Englishman Chris, have retired to Sweden. Daniel finds himself questioning his whole life up to then when his father rings and tells him his mother is sick in the head and then his mother rings and says not to believe a word his father says and that she is on her way back to England from Sweden.The book is mostly made up of Tilde telling her story to Daniel, with the final part being Daniel looking into what his mother has told him. I did find some of Tilde's 'voice' rather odd and implausible but this is a book that is relatively short and very easy to read so I raced through it. Overall it's a good psychological thriller but although there's a twist I did expect something more to end on and I'm finding myself wondering if I have missed something.Good, but not as good as this author's previous novels, but it is worth a read if you enjoy psychological thrillers and mind games.Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book.
Review by shelleyraec
“Promise that you’ll listen to everything I say with an open mind. All I ask for is an open mind. Promise me you’ll do that, that’s why I’ve come to you. Promise me!”Daniel is shocked when his father rings in tears to announce his mother is sick, not physically ill but mentally, and he has been forced to admit her to a psychiatric hospital. Distraught, Daniel makes immediate plans to travel to Sweden where his parents now live, but before he can board the plane his mother arrives in London, clutching a battered satchel claiming that his father is conspiring against her. Demanding that Daniel listen, his mother begins to speak, asking Daniel to trust in her tale of secrets, lies, betrayal, corruption and perversion. Daniel doesn’t know who to believe, he can’t imagine either of his quiet, hard working, loving parents capable of deception but he has to know…just who is telling the truth?The Farm is a psychological thriller where Smith unravels a finely crafted plot that examines the issues of trust, truth and betrayal. The story unfolds from the perspective of Daniel and Tilde, his mother, as she shares a tale with him, exposing her belief in a conspiracy that implicates the residents of a small Swedish community, and his father, in a shocking crime.“I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad.”Daniel has never had any reason to distrust either of his parents but as his mother speaks he realises he has been oblivious to his parents lives, underscored by his surprise at the financial crisis that forced his parents move to Sweden. With the awareness that both his parents are capable of lying to him, Daniel is torn, unable to conclusively determine who is telling the truth. While his mother’s story seems outlandish and his father appears genuinely distressed, the uncertainty nags at him and he decides the only way to determine the truth is to investigate his mother’s claims himself.With consummate skill, Smith keeps the reader guessing, unable to completely dismiss, or fully believe in, Tilde’s conspiracy theory. The author fosters an atmosphere of unease and tension as the reader wonders whose side should they take, and what if it’s the wrong one? The plot is masterful and the characterisation well done, but I have to confess there was something about the author’s style that didn’t quite grab me, and I was unable to completely lose myself in the novel. Nevertheless, I did like The Farm, particularly admiring its original premise, and I would recommend it without hesitation.