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BOOK REVIEW: CHILD 44
BY TOM ROB SMITH

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You donít know what it was like to live under Stalinís Soviet Union until you read Child 44!

This novel takes place in the 1950ís during the reign of Stalin. Leo Stepanovich Demidov is a member of the KGB. He is also a war hero. Leo is pulled off a case in order to check into the death of a child. The parents insist the child was murdered. Leo is not happy with this assignment because he was working on a much more important case. What the parents thought did not really matter because there was no such thing as murder in Stalinís Soviet Union. The child had to die from suicide.

In the meantime, Leo has some problems of his own. His wife is arrested and he is demoted and sent out of the country. Leo also has a drug habit he picked up during the war.

Leo soon discovers more gruesome murders of children and he knows that he must find out who is responsible even though he is taking a chance on doing this because the Communist government will not admit an error.

Is Leo successful at trying to find who is responsible for the murders?

As you start to read page one of Child 44, there will be no stopping you from wanting to complete this novel as soon as possible. Tom Rob Smith has written an excellent debut novel that will make the reader feel like they are living in Stalinís Soviet Union. In fact the writing is so engrossing and descriptive that it will send chills up and done your spine. I must say that this is one of the best books I have read. This book is loaded with suspense and many things happen that will surprise the reader. The author shows us that he has an imagination that is creative and one that keeps the readerís mind occupied. This book has it all Ė excellent characterization, a plot that will captivate you and a recreation of the era that will make this all seem so real. If this novel is any indication of Tom Rob Smithís writing ability, we are in for a real treat with his future books and I look forward to the next one!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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