The year is 1930 and the location is the western Ukraine of the Soviet Union. Luka is a former soldier turned farmer, trying to quietly raise his family in a small town far removed from the political turmoil that is embroiling his country. But fate has destined that his little village would soon be the target of Soviet hostility, as soldiers make their way to these distant farmlands to steal their livelihoods and imprison their men in work camps. As the village braces for this brutal confrontation, another horror falls on their doorstep – a man pulling a sled with two dead children on board. The story that unravels from this incident will leave the village reeling and change Luka’s life forever.
The Child Thief is a fast-paced thriller that will leave you gripped to your seat and unable to look away. It was a perfect of blend of historical fiction with a suspenseful narrative. I loved it!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012