The Farm. Finished 5-26-17, rating 3.5/5, suspense, pub. 2014
Unabridged audio read by James Langton and Suzanne Toren. 8.5 hours.
If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.
Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes.
Your mother…she’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things – terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital.
Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad… I need the police… Meet me at Heathrow.
Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.
Daniel lives in London with his boyfriend, a boyfriend his parents know nothing about. After his parents moved to Sweden the closeness between the three of them widened and Daniel thought his secret was the reason. A phone call from his mother helped him see the truth. He was not the only one harboring a secret. His mother had quite a story and Daniel wasn’t sure what to do and who to believe. When he decided to do a little investigating himself he found out more than he really wanted to know.
I liked the suspense of his mother’s story and questionable sanity but was wishing that it might not have lasted as long. I was growing weary of not knowing. But I thought the payoff made it worth it. This is my first Smith book but I look forward to reading more from him. The narrators were excellent and I can recommend the audio.