Child 44

Leo Stepanovich Demidov is a member of the MGB, the State Security Force for the Soviet Union and one of MGB’s top investigative detectives. When it comes to loyalty, Leo is the most loyalists of men. He serves his country well and for that he is rewarded handsomely. In a country where any talk of disloyalty whether it be from reading a book or talk of being a traitor, can be punishment by death.

Suddenly Leo finds himself in a moral situation. He is put in charge of investigating his wife, Raisa. Accusations have been made against Raisa saying she is a traitor to her country. Leo now has to make a choice whether he turns his wife in like a good agent or stand up for him and his wife. The choice is obvious. Leo gets demoted to the lowest of lows when he is sent away to be part of the militia. His duties now consist of him cleaning prisoner’s cells. When the body of a fourteen year old girl is found with her mouth filled with dirt and her intestines ripped out, Leo believes this was no accident but indeed a murder. He starts investigating and what he discovers is more heinous than anything Leo could imagine.

I kept seeing Child 44 showing up everywhere on the web. People were saying good things about this book. I am proud to say I too can’t stop saying wonderful things about Child 44. This can only be achieved by an author like Tom Rob Smith. Mr. Rob Smith fused this book with such raw emotions of love, loyalty, loss, and trust. When you take a character like Leo, who experiences all of these emotions at the same time you end up with something truly amazing that will leave readers talking about Child 44 for a long time to come. I know I will. Child 44 is Tom Rob Smith’s first novel. He should be proud of it. I give this book five stars and if I could give it more I would. I anxiously await his next novel.


Becky LeJeune said…
This one made my top 10 list of 2008. I loved it and I can't wait to read the next.

Oh, and I couldn't find a release date for the sequel to Death List, but it is out in the UK, so I had to pay extra to get it in : ) but I'm excited to read it!
Cheryl said…
Oh. I might have to break down and order a copy as well.
Gwendolyn B. said…
I was completely impressed with this book as well. One of the strong impressions I was left with was the pervasive paranoia - it became second nature to mistrust everyone. I'm so glad I don't have to live that way. I look forward to more from this author.
naida said…
I've got this one in my TBR pile, sounds so good.
great review!
J. Kaye Oldner said…
Steve loved this book! Also...I wanted to drop in and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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