The Farm by Tom Robb Smith – top of the thriller charts

The farmTom Rob Smith has just topped the thriller charts with his latest book The Farm

What’s The Farm about?

Until the moment he received a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful, well-deserved retirement. They had sold their home and business in London, and said “farewell to England” with a cheerful party where all their friends had gathered to wish them well on their great adventure: setting off to begin life anew on a remote, bucolic farm in rural Sweden. But with that phone call, everything changed.

Your mother’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things–terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and has been committed to a mental hospital.

Daniel prepares to rush to Sweden, on the first available flight the next day. Before he can board the plane, his father contacts him again with even more frightening news: his mother has been released from the hospital, and he doesn’t know where she is.

Then, he hears from his mother: I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad. I don’t need a doctor. I need the police. I’m about to board a flight to London. 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 horrible crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father

The tale brilliantly choreographs the collision of the present with the familial past. The author takes a new direction but his skills are as finely honed as ever. The book is both a page turner and a searing examination of the lives of our protagonist, his lover and his family.

Born in 1979 to a Swedish mother and an English father, Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling novels in the Child 44 trilogy were international publishing sensations. Among its many honours, Child 44 won the International Thriller Writer Award for Best First Novel, the Galaxy Book Award for Best New Writer, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the inaugural Desmond Elliot Prize.

Child 44 has been made into a film starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman.

#LeedsReadsRecommends new crime and thrillers this Spring

The kind worth killingWe’ve selected some new crime and thriller titles for Spring that we think you’ll enjoy. From the big hitting and well known authors to debut novelists, there should be something here for all tastes. Our picks of other crime genres – historical, Eurocrime and psychological – are coming this week too.

Where we don’t have them in stock yet, you could reserve them to bag your copy.

Sascha Arango –The Truth and Other Lies. Tom Ripley type character Henry Hayden is a bestselling author whose life is a well constructed façade.

M. J. Arlidge – The Doll’s House. Chilling new one – his last book Pop goes the Weasel got a thumbs up from Leeds readers.

David Baldacci – Memory Man. Ex-detective Amos Decker, recovering from the loss of his family, must solve the gunning down of 13 teenagers. The author has 110 million copies of his books in print…

Belinda Bauer – The Facts of Life and Death. By very highly rated author of Rubbernecker  10 year old Ruby may be the next victim

Sharon Bolton – Little Black Lies – Tense / twisty psychological thriller from a best selling author

Crash & burnTom Callaghan – New author – debut thriller

Stella Cameron – Cold: A British Murder set in the Cotswolds

Linda Castillo – The Dead will tell Electrifying thriller from New York Times bestseller

Jeffery Deaver – Solitude Creek Kathrun Dance BK 3. Electrifying thriller

Luke Delaney – The Jackdaw. Fourth DI Corrigan – thrilling crime drama with a psychological edge

Eva Dolan – Tell no tales Hit and run crimes by this new –ish author

Margaret Duffy – Ashes to Ashes –Patrick Gillard’s father seeks his help when a disturbing claim is made about a recent cremation.

Steven Dunne – A Killing Moon. Very well rated by Leeds readers. DI Brook is confronted with kidnap, torture, and murder in this intricately plotted crime thriller

Paul Finch – Hunted – Heck, the maverick detective, is back. Hunted was a No1 e-book bestsellerThe Jackdaw

Lisa Gardner – Crash and Burn– Don’t miss this one from the bestselling author Compulsive, chilling, unputdownable.

Tess Gerritsen. Die Again  A Rissoli and Isles gripping thriller

Simon R Green – Dark Side of the Road. Compelling murder mystery

Tom Harper – Zodiac Station – chilling & eerie suspense thriller and Black River – set in deadly jungle

Jack Higgins – Rain on the Dead A Shaun Dillon story number 21 in the series. Murder, terrorism and revenge comes out later this year.

Peter James – You are Dead. Sunday Times bestseller new Roy Grace novel, No 11 in series due out May.

Quentin Jardine –Last Resort 25th landmark novel in the Bob Skinner series, on a manhunt in Catalunya. Hour of Darkness was the previous one

Tell no talesJonathan Kellerman – The Murderer’s Daughter. From bestselling and top thriller writer, this one features psychologist Dr Grace Blades. The Golem of Hollywood and Motive in the Alex Delaware series are also on order.

Renee Knight – ‘Disclaimer’ Tense & shocking debut.  Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft’s life into chaos.

Reif Larsen –I am Radar Epic novel about a radio operator who discovers a secret society

James Oswald – Prayer for the Dead. Fifth title in the Inspector McLean series. Deadman’s Bones and The Hangman’s Song got loads of top rating from our readers so watch out for this new one.

Matthew Pearl – The Last Bookaneer – Mystery, celebrity, theft – and a thrilling adventure set at the ends of the earth

Craig Robertson –In Place of Death. New novel by the CWA New Blood Dagger shortlisted author.

James Runcie –If you’ve watched Grantchester on ITV1, Sidney Chambers and the forgiveness of sins is the new one the series is based on.

Mark Sennen – Tell Tale – Reserve this if you like Broadchurch ….

Peter Swanson – The Kind worth Killing – Rated as one of 2015’s most compulsive thrillers. Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar

David Thorne – Nothing Sacred.  Daniel Connell series set in Essex’s criminal underworld about a lawyer who cannot escape his past. This one’s about a mother’s nightmare: her children are taken from her because of unexplained injuries all over their bodies. Who will believe her ?

Seven ‘Domestic Noir’ picks

HausfrauDid you like ‘Gone Girl’ ? It’s now the 25th bestselling adult fiction title of all time. So how about some new thrillers dealing with  toxic marriages, the darker side of love and domestic abuse and its fall-out. #LeedsReadsRecommends:

 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift…While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.

The girl on the train HausFrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum – Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno – a banker – and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift & increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her.


I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. At the scene of a tragic accident, life changes immediately for everyone involved. Finding it impossible to stay in Bristol, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, desperate to escape the past, but haunted by the accident, the loss of her son, and her own fears. DI Ray Stevens is determined to solve the case. The investigation takes him away from his family and he finds himself growing closer to Kate Evans, a young detective on his team. Jenna’s past is about to catch up with her, with devastating consequences

 The Crooked House by Christobel Kent. Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties, no home, a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. She’s a nobody; she has no-one and that’s how she wants it. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme Grace, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote and dilapidated house on the edge of a bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no unhappier than anyone else’s – or so she thought.

 The Book of You by Claire Kendal. Clarissa is becoming more & more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her The book of youalone and refuses to take no for an answer. Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. As a violent tale of kidnap & abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand. Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined. How do you protect yourself from an enemy no one else can see?

 The woman upstairs: a novel by Claire Messud. Nora Eldridge is a good girl: a good daughter, colleague, friend, employee – reliable, patient and kind. Then Reza Shahid appears in her elementary-school classroom, and everything change. As Nora is drawn into the orbit of Reza’s glamorous, artistic family, her life seems transformed, and a wealth of possibility opens up before her. But this liberation is not quite what it seems, and she is about to suffer a betrayal more monstrous than any she could have imagined