Incredibly timely and at times terrifying. Definitely worth the hype it’s been getting!" Best of all, she’s desperate. I enjoyed the alternate perspective story. Carlson grew up on her parents’ farm outside Plum City in western Wisconsin, where she was born in 1926. It was captivating. The world he has created may initially appear full of enjoyably restful conventions, but any cliches in The Farm exist to wrongfoot us. What Mae doesn’t count on is the human factor – the stress of constant surveillance, the conspiratorial cliques that form in confinement. He forges his own trail through the mystery and realises that he does not know his parents as well as he thought he did. I felt like I was sloughing through parts of it, and I didn’t find it to be a page turner. Bestsellers by Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum and others, combined with the success of television series The Killing and The Bridge, have confirmed an appetite for all things Scandinavian.

Additionally I felt that the use of different character perspectives added to not only character development, but excitement within the novel. The only way he can establish the truth about his mother's sanity and his father's involvement in Mia's disappearance is to go to Sweden. Have you finished June #ReadWithMC pick ‘The Farm’ yet?

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The reasons Daniel gives for concealing his sexuality from his parents are unconvincing – although he is sure they would "celebrate our relationship … the memory of a perfect childhood would die, and we'd mourn it surely as we would the passing of a person we loved.". For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. This books raises a lot of timely ethical questions and leaves the reader thinking about what they’d do in these situations.

It’s a striking look at how dystopian and cruel to women our late capitalist society has the potential of being. I found this book to be super fascinating, similar to Handmaid’s Tale in the sense that this “dystopia” seems only steps away from the current climate we live in.

The interesting thing is how compensation and ownership is navigated through the stories of the women at The Farm. So you have to follow some rules. Admittedly, I wasn’t as wowed as I think most people were. The plot and subject matter of this book, along with great reviews I had read, prompted me to read ‘The Farm’ but I was left disappointed. He fears that if the image he has of his loved ones is false then anything might be possible. A Scandi-thriller from the Child 44 author confounds all … I thought it was going to be dystopian because I saw some descriptions that used that term and I expected some Handmaid's Tale-type vibe, but it wasn't the case at all.

That maybe, sometimes, you do the most good when it seems like you’re doing nothing much at all.' It felt very realistic and it's scary to think I wouldn't be surprised if this place really existed somewhere! The themes were current and timely — the extreme monitoring of pregnant individuals, how privilege impacts pregnancy, and how opportunities and work are influenced by privilege.