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Book Review – ‘The Secret Speech’

**SOME SPOILERS** Title: The Secret Speech (Book 2 in the ‘Leo Demidov’ trilogy) Author: Tom Rob Smith Genre: Fiction (Crime/Thriller) Rating: ★★★☆ “Soviet Union, 1956.  It is a period of wrenching change.  Stalin is dead, and a regime once held together by fear is beginning to fracture, creating a lawless society where the police have become the criminals and the criminals take vengeance against them. A series of murders now has all of Moscow on edge, and no one — no matter how powerful or connected — seems safe. With his new and secretive homicide department, Leo Demidov investigates — only to find that he, his wife, and his two adopted daughters may be in grave danger. For Leo is a former state security officer who arrested and condemned many of his fellow citizens, and despite all his efforts to atone for his past, he cannot escape the long shadow of his former career. To save his family, Leo must make a desperate choice and face an impossible journey that may bring his redemption…or shatter their fragile …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Secret Speech’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! My teaser this week comes from The Secret Speech, which is the second book in Tom Rob Smith’s ‘Leo Demidov Trilogy’. The last few books I’ve read have been “nice” books, so it feels good to be reading something that may or may not make my stomach turn and give me chills. I’m enjoying it so far, but it didn’t start with the same punch as the first book in the trilogy, Child 44 (my review for that is here). Nonetheless, I can feel myself being set up for a few twists and turns and stabbings (or similar). Anyway, here are my sentences! “For this reason, Leo couldn’t broadcast requests for information or ask witnesses to come forward since such actions would be tantamount to propagandizing the existence of crime. The …

June Reads and Reviews

I am so excited for June. It marks the start of a break in my studies, which I don’t really want to take. But my brain has been a bit mushy lately, and I’ve been studying and working full time for the last year without a break (as well as blogging and sporadically writing), so I feel like I need to give it a rest for a while. There’s so many things I’m looking forward to do on weekends that I haven’t been able to because of my studies. Having a sleep in is foremost of these. My birthday is also coming up this month. The big 3-0 (although my occasional childishness would suggest that I’m much younger [I think?]). When I reflect on some of the stupid things I’ve done in recent years, it’s good I made it to 30, so go Team Me. I’m not nearly as petrified of turning 30 as I think I should be, but I’m sure I will imagine a few wrinkles over the next couple of weeks, so it’ll be fun to …