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This is a very different kind of psychological thriller which catches your interest from the beginning and holds it to the very end. The essence of the tale is "How well do you know your parents? Would you believe them if each one tells you something unbelievable and different?"
Daniel has had a good childhood and has been close to his mother and father until they retired, sold their garden centre business and moved from England to a small Farm in a remote Sweden for what promised to be an idyllic retirement. For his mother, Tilde, it was a return to the country of her birth - a new start.
Daniel had been in regular email contact and had believed that they were settling down well when he gets a phone call from his father, Chris. "Your mother ... she's not well....She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things....She's been committed." On his way to the airport to fly to see them he gets another phone call from his father to say that his mother has escaped from the mental hospital and is flying to England.
After Daniel meets his mother at the airport, Rob Smith takes us through Tilde's emotional story as she tells it to Daniel. "I'm sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad." She then unfolds a story of secrets, and sabotage of their acceptance in the local community by their powerful neighbour, Håkan, who wants to buy "The Farm". His mother believes that Håkan has a sinister hand in terrible things happening in the community. She distances herself from Chris as he befriends Håkan and between them they eventually have her committed to a mental hospital.
Daniel is caught between two different stories told by his parents, and is unsure of who to believe or trust. When his Mother's emotional health deteriorates he decides that the only way to find out the truth is to visit Sweden and meet the people that Tilde believes are involved in her breakdown.
At some times you believe one story, at other times the other story, right up to an unexpected ending. Rob Smith has done a great job in writing a first class, unusual and emotional psychological thriller where the reader is part of the story from the beginning to the end.