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The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum
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Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer mysteries are usually well-crafted page-turners. The Water’s Edge is less suspenseful than previous books, but is overwhelmingly creepy. Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre are called to investigate a child’s disappearance, and find the child has been killed by a pedophile. A couple out for a walk discover the crime, shortly after seeing a suspicious person leaving the scene. There’s little question he is the perpetrator. Sejer and Skarre have in-depth conversations about pedophilia, Fossum takes us into the mind of the perpetrator, and to be honest it was almost too much to take. I missed the scenes from previous books where Sejer is at home hanging out with his dog or his girlfriend, which provide both insight to the character and relief from the details of the crime. I’ll give Fossum props for a solid story, but am glad to put this one behind me. ( )
  lauralkeet | Jun 15, 2017 |
Review: The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum.

Some of Karin Fossum’s books are intense and intriguing because they include as much detail in the portrayals of her villains and their protagonists. Besides being a mystery/suspense story the author deeply explored psychological dimension and complex interplay of human relationships and motivations whether it’s the perpetrator or the police. Fossum tackles two perspectives: an intense exploration of pedophilia and what helpful scientific information on the problem and the nature of an adult relationship and how children pay the price. She also integrates the disparate elements of her story, balancing the police investigation with the personal tragedies and internal struggles of the various characters, even the murderer whose vicious past at the hands of an abusive mother has contributed to what he has become.

The victim, young Jonas Lowe slept over a friend’s house, not far from his home, and the next morning he was walking home and disappeared…. In a small Norwegian town a ten year old boy was found dead in a remote park by a couple who were out walking on a Sunday afternoon. They saw a man walking away from the area just before discovering the little boy. The couple, Kristine and Reinhardt Ris had different reactions when stumbling upon the murder scene. Kristine urges her husband to call the police, but instead Reinhardt rushes and starts taking pictures with his cell phone of the lifeless body. Kristine feels agonizing saddened by the tragedy and mourns for the child with emptiness within herself, where as her husband develops a morbid fascination of the crime. This seemed to put a wedge in their marriage because Kristine couldn’t understand his behavior. When another child goes missing Reinhardt is captivated and obsessed with the new case….

The police were called and Konrad Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre worked frantically trying to figure out the motivations behind pedophilia, and eliminating suspects as time was of the essences. Both Sejar and Skarre have a long and deep discussion about what drives a person to prey on a child because it happens often. In the meantime, the perpetrator struggles with his own guilt and feelings of being wronged. I think the author dug more deeply into the psychological aspect of the issue to get more information out to the reader. The investigation goes on with aggressive behavior, especially when the other boy hasn’t been found for some time. Fossum adds some twist and turns to the story that heightens the story to a new dimension following another path to the end…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
This is a thoroughly creepy mystery and not one for people who can't read books about children who are killed. For a married couple (who have their own problems, which are explored in the novel and have a stunningly creepy ending), out for their Sunday walk in a woodsy area, find the body of a seven-year-old boy, and he isn't wearing his shorts. On their way into the woods, they had seen a man who acted suspiciously and got into a white car. Of course, they call the police, and when Inspector Sejer and his sidekick Jacob Skarre show up, the husband is in his element, radiating importance because he can tell the police about how they found the boy and the suspicious man. He in fact becomes obsessed with the case. Then a morbidly obese ten-year-old goes missing. Sejer and Skarre investigate, thinking the same man is involved in both cases. Fossum takes the reader inside the heads of the pedophile, the mothers of both boys, and the wife who found the first boy. Of course, eventually Sejer get his man, and in his skillful way gets him to confess to the rape and death of the first boy, but he steadfastly denies killing the second boy. What happened to him is eventually revealed and is truly ghastly. Fossum is an incredible writer, and I will go on reading this series, but this mystery truly creeped me out.
1 vote rebeccanyc | Feb 13, 2016 |
Listened to this on audio, but I didn't see that version listed. Good writing and dialogue. A troubling story, as I guess many crime novels are. I appreciated the variety of characters, even though some of them made me wonder about human beings, the twisted things of which we are capable, and the pain we pass along to others. That said, I'd read more Fossum... ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
A small boy is found dead and it is obvious that he has been sexually molested, which makes the parents in the village very anxious, but when a second boy goes missing, the anxiousness turns into frantic fear. Although the crime is very gruesome (obviously, as it involves children), there is no reveling in details, which I'm thankful for. It's also interesting to see how Fossum deals with explaining the thought-process of the molester and makes it make sense. The second mystery is solves in an unexpected way, which is good, but borders a little bit too close to out-of-the-blue. As always, Fossum fills her books with interesting characters that make every page well worth reading. ( )
  -Eva- | May 31, 2015 |
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While this happens to be an exceptionally fine story, Fossum’s real narrative appeal, readily apparent in Charlotte Barslund’s translation, rests on her ability to see the humanity in even the most wretched soul.

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from Amazon com Near the start of Fossum's chilling sixth Inspector Sejer mystery to be made available in the U.S. (after 2008's Black Seconds), Reinhardt and Kristine Ris are out for a Sunday walk when they stumble across the partially clothed body of seven-year-old Jonas Løwe and see a man limping away in the distance. When Insp. Konrad Sejer and his young partner, Jacob Skarre, begin interviewing the inhabitants of the small town of Huseby, they learn that a man in a white car has been spotted lurking outside the local elementary school and was also seen on the road where Jonas was snatched. In a particularly disturbing segment, they interview a convicted pedophile who eagerly suggests they're looking for a first-time offender. Splitting the narrative among the police investigation, the Rises' crumbling marriage and the nameless killer, Fossum sets in motion an inevitable collision that's as unsettling as it is unexpected. (Aug.)
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"A married couple, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris, are out for a Sunday walk when they discover the body of a boy and see the figure of a man limping away. They alert the police, but not before Reinhardt, to Kristine's horror, kneels down and takes photographs of the dead child with his cell phone. Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jakob Skarre begin to make inquiries in the little town of Solberglia. But then another boy disappears, and an explanation seems more remote than ever. Meanwhile, the Ris's marriage starts to unravel as Reinhardt becomes obsessed with the tragic events and his own part in them" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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