The Farm


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A gripping story about race, money and motherhood that asks: what would you sacrifice for a new life? 'A firecracker of a novel' Madeline Miller 'Intelligent, thought-provoking, slyly satirical' Sunday Times 'About everything a book should be about: race and class, power and inequality - and it's dark and funny' Joanna Cannon 'An unsettling, unputdownable read' Elle 'Ramos has crafted a real page-turner' The Times Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks - a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry. ...

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Jun 3, 2019

Missed Potential

When Jane is down on her luck she is introduced to the world of surrogate farming - wellness centres that reward surrogates for carrying wealthy babies - monitoring them every step of the way. But is The Farm too good to be true?

From the blurb I was intrigued by the premise of The Farm and thought it sounded mysterious and full of underlying menace which made me request the book to read. To that end I wasn't disappointed; the underlying unease that runs through this book is masterful - it keeps its cards close to its chest and ramps up the tension and suspense the more you get to learn about the main characters - either the surrogates or the people running The Farm. Unfortunately for me that was where it stopped - I was expecting a big twist or an evil side of the project to fully come to fruition and unfortunately it just seemed to build all that tension just to fizzle out. I found the ending to be so disappointing - like the author was trying too hard to wrap up all the loose ends and make a happy ending.

I liked that the story constantly changed perspectives which really showed the class and wealth differences in the characters. I liked some of the political messages the book was trying to portray but I came away from it feeling like it wasted its potential by not giving us a hard hitting ending that would have left you thinking about the topic and the issues it brought up further.

Overall The Farm is an interesting read - it just could have gone further with a better ending to produce a suspenseful and well-paced read. Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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