Thursday, May 14, 2009

Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

There are times where I am in the middle of a book and I put it down and think to myself - this is why I love reading. I had that kind of feeling while reading Child 44. I had read a review of it in a magazine and it caught my interest right away. I put it on my TBR list and then found it in a used bookstore in Munich.

As i posted previously I have been in a reading slump lately so I really needed something that I wasn't going to be able to put down. That is what I got! Here is what Publishers Weekly says "When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer."

Sounds good huh? Well I throughly enjoyed very bit of this book and was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a follow up book. I really liked the characters and I loved how Leo's blind obediance to the Soviet State fell apart when he started really thinking about what he was being asked to do. I realized after reading this book that I need to read more about Stalin and the Soviet Union. I know very little about the subject and was horrified by what I have been finding out. I had previously read some novels that dealt with work camps but I never really went any further than that.

I like books that open my eyes to new things. And this one certainly did!


Bybee said...

I want to read this one, too. Glad to see your review.

Unknown said...

I'm glad you're out of the reading slump. I'll have to get the book that achieved this thing.