In his debut novel Smith has painted a bleak picture of Stalin's Russia where blind faith in the State, or pretence of it, is the norm. Across the dis..Show More »
One amazing aspect I found in Smiths first novel is his ability to draw the reader into the personal lives of its many differing characters,to draw ou..Show More »
great book, you want to keep reading just to find what is happening next.
I didn't quite feel this one as much as I did Child 44. The stakes weren't quite as high and it dragged a bit in the middle. But it was good to sp..Show More »
Points off for a lack of plot twists, turns and surprises (there's only a slight veil of a mystery surrounding "whodunnit" in this one). But this slig..Show More »
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