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Bad Intentions (Inspector Konrad Sejer #9)

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Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.

Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Harvill Secker (first published 2008)
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Aug 21, 2011 Paul rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'm not sure whether a friend told me about this book or if I saw it mentioned on a website; either way, it was presented to me as a Scandinavian crime novel in the mold of Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc). Everyone is recommending Scandinavian crime novels these days, riding on Larsson's coattails.

Well. Bad Intentions is nothing at all like Larsson. There's not a hint of Lisbeth Salander here, or even Mikael Blomkvist. The author isn't even Swedish; she's
Thomas Bruso
Sep 20, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing
A warning for all Karin Fossum followers: "Bad Intentions"--not for the squeamish. But the writing, as always, is riveting and pulse-pounding. As are Fossum's characterizations of people.

In her newest, brief novel, Fossum catches her readers off guard with her dangerously delicious approach to the dark side of the human mind. Three troubled boys: Jon, Reilly and Axel, fighting against demons from their past, must come to terms with their too-quick actions of a recent unsettling crime, which hits
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum tells the story of three friends who make a bad choice and a drunken moment and whose lives unravel as a result. The book begins with the suicide of one of the three young men while the other two watch and then decide to wait a day to report his suicide. They have a secret which is the mystery of this book. But the real story is not the solution of the mystery but the effect the wrong choice has on the friends and those around them.

The book is part of the Sejer/Ska
Jun 03, 2012 Judi rated it did not like it
This is the worst one yet. The writing seemed very amateurish to me; the book did not engage me, and yet again, she indulges in the annoying habit of providing just a bit of forboding information about Konrad Sejer, but I guess I'd have to read the next novel to know where that goes. If I can get it for $1.99 on my Kindle, like I did with this one, I might do it; otherwise, forget it. I'm off to find other Scandinavian crime authors who can better hold my interest.
Sharon Huether
Sep 20, 2016 Sharon Huether rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, crime
Two teenage boys missing. Their bodies found in different lakes in Norway.
The guilty ones began to lack trust in each other. Then the stronger one turns on the weaker one.
Alex and Riley were caught using DNA from what was found in their car.
The mothers of the two dead boys, banded together in their grief, trying to understand what happened.
Jessica Woodbury
Jun 21, 2011 Jessica Woodbury rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, crime-mystery
I've been reading Karin Fossum for years now, so I've had a chance to see her change. Her books started as more traditional crime novels. Procedurals, basically, with a stoic and sensitive Inspector Sejer at their heart. They were always smarter and more emotionally honest than your average crime novel.

Lately she's moved in a different direction. Her novels claim to be Inspector Sejer books but he is only a minor figure in "Bad Intentions." Instead the book focuses on a group of 3 men, friends s
Aug 01, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
When an institutionalized young man, suffering from a nervous condition, is found at the bottom of Dead Water lake after a night camping out with 2 of his friends, a verdict of suicide, is released. However, Inspector Sejer is not convinced that foul play didn't have a hand in his death, despite evidence to the contrary. There's just something about the way he died, and the statements made by the man's therapist and girlfriend, which didn't seem to indicate he was in the frame of mind to do away ...more
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 Bill Garrison rated it really liked it
Bad Intentions, by Karen Fossum, is the latest in the Det. Konrad Sejer series to be translated into English from its original Norwegian. While the short novel is easily readable and quite a page turner, it is also easy to find faults with.

Axel, Reilly, and Jon have been best friends since childhood. Axel and Reilly checked Jon out of a mental institution for a weekend getaway. The three friends are ravaged by guilt over an incident that continues to haunt them. Over the weekend, tragedy strikes
Oct 05, 2015 John rated it really liked it
A shorter book than most of Fossum's novels, this is also a simpler one in terms of the unraveling of the crime, but its portrayal of character is every bit as deep and engrossing.

Jon, one of three friends, commits suicide in front of the other two, who conspire to lie about the circumstances of the death, thereby arousing the suspicions of Inspector Sejer that this could be a murder case. Why they should do so, and why Jon committed suicide, is something that unfolds before us for the rest of t
Marc Nash
Jun 27, 2012 Marc Nash rated it liked it
This was my first exposure to Fossum and I was disappointed (especially when I went on to read another of her books which was fabulous).

This all just seems undercooked, not least her detectives who are so far back in the plot as to barely leave a trace as they get to the bottom of why a boy jumps out of a rowing boat in the middle of a freezing Norwegian Lake and plunges to his death while three friends in the boat look on. Fossum is always far more concerned with the impact of a death on other
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jul 27, 2012 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
Another Karin Fossum book I have enjoyed reading. This is a relatively short book in the Skarre/Sejer series. A realistic and uncomplicated story, but it still keeps you engaged and hooked, as a good story should. Three young friends meet up in a cabin for the weekend and one has been granted weekend release from a psychiatric hospital. He is suffering from major anxiety and is clearly a troubled soul. He and his friends take a boat out on the lake late at night and he jumps into the water and ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Ted rated it liked it
I have read past Inspector Sejer books and he has been a primary figure in those books. This book is unlike her previous books in that Sejer is barely featured. The book is told largely from the perspective of one of three life long friends who, it is made clear, have committed a criminal act together. The exact nature of the act, although hinted at, is not known until the end of the book. The book is more of a study in guilt than detection. What seems least believable about the book, largely ...more
Stephanie Wolf
Nov 02, 2014 Stephanie Wolf rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
A young man is found dead. Everyone saw it as a suicide, except two others knew it wasn’t, and they weren’t about to tell.

Inspector Sejer is very good at his job, he should be, he has been at it for years. So when he is called to this scene to investigate, something just doesn’t sit right. The more the inspector and his assistant, Jacob Skarre, dig into the mans past, the more it just confirms his suspicion. Talking to those who knew him and searching through his past, Inspector Sejer is determi
Feb 11, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic-noir, mystery
Karin Fossum writes a gentle psychological mystery centering on two young men covering up a crime. There is no violence or bloodshed. Just a dominate personality, Axel and a weaker one Reilly . Detective Sejer takes a back seat to the two men knowing he can play with the weaker one. Nice insight to a personality with no conscience and huge ego and ambition juxtaposed with a weak drug addicted man ravaged with guilt.
Jun 21, 2015 exncgal rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Somewhat predictable, but suspenseful anyway. The relationships between the female characters (Molly and the night nurse, the two moms) were more interesting than the relationship between the three friends. And Sejer seemed absent for much of the story; there wasn't a lot of detecting for him to do. Not my favorite of the series.
Jun 23, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-i-read
Well, I read. Read it easily, read it quickly. Short, pointed sentences. Descriptive. Not annoying tell, tell, tell. Norwegian. The eerie mystery was interesting as was all the pieces not having to be ostentatiously pulled together in the end like ta da. But still, when the characters aren't likable, it's hard to feel warm.
Jul 15, 2015 Merredith rated it did not like it
I found this book dumped in the share area of my apartment building, next to the trash and thought, why not try it out. It's sort of a detective novel about something that didn't really have to be a mystery. It was boring but it sounded literary so I tried to give it a go. Months later, I've hardly read any of it and realize I should just give up.
Dec 09, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Not so much a police procedural, this was character study with a psychological slant on the motivations and machinations behind guilt and the resulting actions to maintain innocence of wrong doing. I read with fascination as events spiraled out of control.
Aug 01, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries

A very different type of a mystery from a translation of a mystery writer from Norway. It starts with a suicide and eventually also has a murder, that had already happened,to be solved. It shows what guilt can do to some people and not to others!!!!!
Jul 23, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
I can never go wrong with Karin Fossum. :-) Looking forward to reading the next one!
Nov 15, 2016 Ros rated it it was amazing
A good, short read. Interesting characters and plot, a hard book to put down.
Oct 28, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
I didn't like the way ended. Otherwise, it would be a 5.
Lakis Fourouklas
Sep 20, 2011 Lakis Fourouklas rated it really liked it
If you got tired of the fast paced American thrillers and the British mysteries, of the noir novels of the European south and even of the Man himself, Stieg Larsson, and you seek something different as far as crime fiction is concerned, then you’d better take a look at the work of Karin Fossum. Her novels have been translated in 25 languages so far and according to the press in the English speaking world, she’s “The Norwegian queen of crime.
I must say that Fossum writes unlike any other crime a
Sep 01, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Karin Fossum is an author who uses observation acutely, whilst being more than willing to play with both expectations and the outer reaches of readers' comfort zones. Each of her books uses a different type of scenario to explore human behaviour and quirks. In BAD INTENTIONS she is looking at the nature of manipulation, conscience, and absolute and total egocentricity. She's also very very good at creepy - be it the characters or the setting, and in BAD INTENTIONS there's some of each.

Sep 22, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book, this might be my second or third favorite of the Inspector Sejer Mystery series. It started off with a bang, a sudden death. It had me asking myself "okay, okay, but why?!" Fossum kept me guessing and doubting till the last few pages of the book. I felt that this was one of her simplest thought up plots, without being cheesy or boring. I loved it, I could vividly imagine each line playing in my head like a movie.
Nov 09, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it
Bad Intentions. I do not know if this title is an accurate translation of the Norwegian. It strikes me that it may not be. Karin Fossum continues her psychological understand human behavior, the light and the dark of it. I do not say the good and the bad of it, because her understanding goes beyond the good and the bad, but only to understand, not to justify. Because then there is blame, and although some of the characters wander through blame, they eventually get through it to ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
“Yet I feel so bitter because we're not bad people. How can you know you're a good person if your life has been nothing but plain sailing?” (87).
“The pain, which originated in the roots of his teeth, found its way to the top of his head, where it threatened his pride” (97).
“Something he could not control had disregarded his excellence and decided to act as it pleased. And this something cared nothing for his exalted position but tormented him as though he was just anyone” (97).
“Again he looked a
Dec 19, 2015 DGT rated it it was ok
In previous Karen Fossum novels I have not been as aware of the author’s insistent voice and, as a result, there is too much “telling” and not enough “showing”. Even the diary of one character, Jon Moreno, which is read by Inspector Sejer after Moreno’s death, is taken over by an authorial voice by the end to push home the message about guilt and intentionality.

That Konrad Sejer – the intriguing detective in the earlier six (?) novels in the series and a character whom Karen Fossum obviously li
Karin Fossum has been on my radar for a while. I love a good Scandinavian crime novel. Unfortunately, Bad Intentions left me with a ho-hum feeling.

Let me say right away that there is graphic violence towards an animal near the end of the book. I understand that the point is to show that one of the characters is evil and unfeeling. However, after reading that portion of the book, I had to put the book down for a few minutes and think about whether I wanted to finish reading. It is rare that I do
Dec 19, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Detectives Sejer and Skarra take a back seat psychologically in this riveting novel of three friends. Jon is severely depressed and Alex and Reilly decide to sign him out of the mental hospital for a trip to their cabin in the woods near Dead Water Lake. Jon takes anti-anxiety pills every hour and suffers from paranoia, but what does he have to fear from his friends? They decide to go out in the boat at night during a full moon and suddenly Jon stands and falls overboard. Neither Alex nor Reilly ...more
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Karin Fossum (née Mathisen) is a Norwegian author of crime fiction,often known there as the "Norwegian queen of crime". She lives in Oslo. Fossum was initially a poet, with her first collection published in 1974 when she was just 20. It won the Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant Prize. She is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer series of crime novels, which have been ...more
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