I couldn’t stop reading. And I wish the book wasn’t over.
Tom Rob Smith has created what is, in my humble opinion, a masterpiece. I learned more about Soviet Russia, and the average people who lived in mid-twentieth century Soviet Russia, in this fictional account of the time and place than I have in any other book.
It’s so strange to root for someone who worked for State Security in the USSR but Leo comes across as the one man who’s doing right, or trying to. He knows he’s not perfect, far from it, and after a bit he’s not afraid to admit it. He’s willing to use the same dedication he had to the State to find the man who is murdering children.
He never expects what he finds at the end of the path, and neither did I as the reader.
I was reading it in public. At one point I actually said “ooh” out loud. I got a few strange looks, but it was so worth it. I can’t wait to read this book again!
This is the review, copied word for word, that I posted on Goodreads.com.