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The Child Thief (Paperback)
  • The Child Thief (Paperback)

The Child Thief (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 10/05/2012
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December 1930, Western Ukraine. Luka is a veteran of the First World War and the Russian Civil War. All he wants now is a quiet life with his wife, twin sons and young daughter. Their small village has, so far, managed to remain hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality and labour camp deportations. But everything changes the day the stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing the bodies of two children. In a fervour, the villagers lynch the stranger, despite Luka's protests. But when calm is restored, the mob leader, Dimitri, discovers his daughter has vanished. Luka is the only man with the skills to find who could have stolen a child in these frozen white wastelands - and besides, the missing girl is best friends with Luka's daughter Lara, and he promises her that he will find her friend and bring her home. Together with his sons and Dimitri, Luka sets out in pursuit across lands ravaged by war and gripped by treachery. Soon they realise that the man they are tracking is a no ordinary criminal, but a skilful hunter with the kidnapped child as the bait in his violent game. It will take all of Luka's strength to battle the harshest of conditions, and all of his wit to stay a step ahead of Soviet authorities. And though his toughest enemy is the man he tracks, his strongest bond is a whispered promise to his family back at home.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409142621

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“Evocative description and good plot twists”

The Child Thief is, as you might imagine from the title, quite a bleak story with less than cheery themes but it is nonetheless worth reading. I found 1930s Ukraine an interesting setting as I have never read a book... More

7th July 2012
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“The Child Thief”

Intrigued by the tagline for this book 'In the snow, Death is not the coldest thing waiting for you', I delved into a setting I am not in the slightest familar with - Ukraine in the 1930s. The author sets... More

11th March 2012
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“A frozen thrill ride”

A countries political upheavel changes the people it's supposed to protect. Hunger and freezing temperatures drive a once peaceful village to lose their humanity. After a chance encounter with an injured stranger... More

1st March 2012
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