The Secret Speech is the sequel to Child 44. Unfortunately the sequel is extremely disappointing. The narrative is chaotic, writing style is rushed, psychological tension is weak and character development lacks depth.
The premise is intriguing because once again the story is based on real events. The novel starts in 1956, after Stalin’s death, and three year later after the events in Child 44. Leo, his wife Raisa and their two adopted girls live in Moscow where Leo works for the city homicide division. Leo tries to be a good family man and an honorable officer who left his shameful past behind.