“Child 44”October 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Fiction | Leave a comment
I picked up Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 because it was on the Booker long list. As usual, I didn’t read the book jacket. It sat on my shelf, looking very dense and Soviet, and I confess I didn’t really want to read it. Little did I know, it would turn out to be one of the most pulse-pounding, page-turning, exciting books I would read all year. I started it during my lunch break, and finished it before 10 PM last night, though I was sure that this 400+ page book would take me two days.
I was instantly reminded of Smilla’s Sense of Snow, another superb literary thriller. This was good, because for some reason I was expecting tanks and submarines, two factors that will generally keep me from watching a movie and certainly from reading a book.
Child 44 really has it all. It’s got a plot. It’s got atmosphere. It’s got well defined characters. It’s also got some very graphic scenes, right from the first page, so if you’re sensitive don’t read it before bed.