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I couldn't put this book down even thought my adored Inspector Sejer plays an exceedingly minimal part in and even though Fossum broadly hints at what happened (although withholding the details until the end). Two friends in their early 20s sign a third friend out of a mental hospital for the weekend and head to a cabin by a lake. Something goes very wrong and the mentally unstable friend drowns. One of the remaining friends is a charismatic control freak and the other is always high or yearning to get high. The hint is that something happened some months ago when a younger man went missing and this is what sent the friend to the mental hospital and drove the other friend to getting high. What makes this book un-put-downable is, as always, Fossum's brilliant characterizations. I'm going on to the next one, which is the last that has been translated into English.
  rebeccanyc | Mar 18, 2016 |
A very slight novel, the writing is good but the book feels unfiinished. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
Three friends go away for a weekend, but when one of them takes his life in front of his friends, a hidden and terrible past is forced to the surface. Very different mystery that at the same time does and does not have any guilty characters. The mental processes of the characters are at the forefront in this one, and, as usual, Fossum is very clever at making her characters real and relatable, even if the mystery itself isn't exactly flummoxing. Especially the mothers' connection made this a rewarding read - nice to come away from a mystery with some slight sense of "feel-good." ( )
  -Eva- | May 31, 2015 |
A very good read. Karin Fossum is one of the most well known Scandinavian writers of mystery. Bad Intentions is a tale of 'why' a crime was committed rather than a 'who.' The story's focus is a psychopathic charmer who inveigles two friends into his heinous deeds and to the disastrous consequences for all three.The book is one a series with Inspector Sejer as the leading Investigator.
Recommended to all who enjoy mysteries.
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  nancy1janes | Apr 30, 2015 |
Things are not always what they seem. This is a lesson that can be learned in this psychological mystery. Although it is listed as part of the Inspector Sejer series, it is not a police procedural and moves along almost without the intervention of the police. ( )
  jim.r.anderson | Jan 30, 2015 |
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The lake, which was commonly known as Dead Water, lay like a well between steep mountains, and anyone who tried to wade into it would sink up to their knees in its soft mud.
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Ze zijn al vrienden sinds ze kleine jongens waren. De geslaagde en charmante Axel Friman is de vanzelfsprekende leider, de slordige Philip Reilly is de filosoof van de drie met zijn eeuwige citaten uit de Koran, terwijl de kleine, tengere Jon Moreno alleen maar voorzichtig is en last heeft van zijn zenuwen. Tijdens een tocht naar een vakantiehuisje aan een meer valt Jon uit de roeiboot en verdrinkt.De andere twee jongens doen niets om hem te redden. Is het gewoon een ongeluk of zit er meer achter? Vlak daarna vindt iemand het lijk van een andere jongen, ook in een meer. Is de jongen verdronken of is hij het slachtoffer van een misdrijf? Rechercheurs Sejer en Skarre hebben nauwelijks aanknopingspunten behalve de vraag: waarom zou iemand twee zulke schuchtere jongens dood willen?
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Konrad Sejer must face down his memories and fears as he struggles to determine why the corpses of troubled young men keep surfacing in local lakes. As Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him, he wonders if he has the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil.… (more)

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