The innovative mystery, set in London and Sweden, reached number two in the U.K. charts during its opening month, and is also a bestseller in Australia, Germany and Israel, with a further 13 major territories sold.
The novel centers on Daniel, who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a farm in rural Sweden. He then receives a frantic call from his father: his mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed.
He then receives a call from his mother, who is en route to London. She pleads with him to allow her the chance to tell her story.
He must decide whether she is a victim of a terrible conspiracy, or, as his father fears, is suffering a psychotic episode.
Daniel soon becomes entwined in an urgent tale of secrets, lies and a horrible crime that implicates his own father.
Langan, head of BBC Films, added: “’The Farm’ skewers you on the horns of a fabulous dilemma while effortlessly drawing you into a curious and strangely sinister world. Tom Rob Smith’s latest novel is a sophisticated, layered narrative with real page turning urgency.”
Madden said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Tom’s novels since ‘Child 44,’ and when I picked up ‘The Farm’ I read it in one, enrapt sitting. It’s very rare that you read something which is simultaneously thrilling, thought-provoking, totally unpredictable and packs a real emotional punch.”
Smith’s “Child 44” trilogy has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, the first of which has been made as a film directed by Daniel Espinosa, and starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. It is due for release this year. He also created the five-part BBC backed miniseries “London Spy,” which will air in 2015.