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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 12 Jun 2011
This review is from: Child 44 (Child 44 Trilogy 1) (Paperback)
Wow! What a book. This is not a book I would ever have chosen for myself, as for some reason it had just never really caught my eye. However, I was lucky enough to be sent a freebie and I thought it was an absolutely fantastic read.

Leo Demidov is an MGB agent in 1950s Russia. Stalin's regime is unforgiving and brutal, and many people are executed or sentenced to hard labour for the merest of crimes (or no crime at all). Leo is not a bad man, but he's an officer of the state and is happy to do whatever is necessary to comply with their rules, until the murder of a child makes him reconsider his position.

The list of 44 facts about the regime at the end of the book makes for interesting and extremely shocking reading. It's hard to imagine how people lived in such fear. The author brought this across very well in this book and has created some great characters in Leo and his wife, Raisa.

This is a fast paced thriller, with some amazing twists. The first half of the book spends a lot of time setting the scene. This was never boring and it kept me interested, but I did wonder a few times how and when the main story was going to kick in. And then suddenly it did and it all pulled together into a tight and very well-plotted storyline.

I'm very eager now to get onto the second book in the trilogy, The Secret Speech. I highly recommend Child 44 if you like a really good thriller.
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