The Child Thief by Dan Smith is the story of an ex-soldier now a farmer, named Luka and his search for the (you guessed it) "child thief" who has kidnapped his niece. After Dariya disappears, Luka sets out with his twin sons and Dariya's father Dmitri to find the culprit. Readers quickly discover that little Dariya is just part of a twisted game and instead of hunting for the person that took her, it is Luka, Dmitri and the boys that become the hunted. As the team moves deeper into the frozen countryside they become painfully aware that the child thief isn’t their only threat. The Bolsheviks are closing in, clearing villages and killing without mercy, steadily making their way towards the families Luka and Dmitri.
Smith has created an excellent thriller. However, parts of the novel get just as gruesome as your worst nightmares, just a little warning.
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