Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This would be a great summer reading book if it weren’t set in such a bleak place: Stalin’s Russia of the 1950s. As it is, it’s quite the page-turner of a thriller, as the flawed protagonist chases a serial killer against all odds, while repeatedly getting knocked down over and over (and over) again. At some point, it seemed like the author was thinking, “What else can I do to screw this guy over even worse than I have already?” And yet, it pretty much worked for me, and I ate it up.
Next up is an advance review of Stalking Irish Madness by Patrick Tracey. I snagged an Early Reviewer copy from LibraryThing, in advance of the book coming out in late August. So far, it’s surprisingly interesting, despite my aversion to non-fiction.