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The Water's Edge (Inspector Konrad Sejer #8)

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The Water's Edge is a riveting portrayal of a community in turmoil from Karin Fossum, Norway's "Queen of Crime."
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 11th 2010 by Mariner Books (first published 2007)
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Paul Bryant
This is the third time it's happened in the last three months. Each time I swear I'll never do it again. But something comes over me. The first one was Finders Keepers – ah, so sweet, so compelling, its pages so fresh and yet so depraved. The next one was Hate List – yes, yes, young adult. And now this. I'm supposed to be reading David Mitchell! I may have to face the truth that I'm developing a.. problem ... with crime thrillers which take 48 hours to hoover up. This is so out of character for ...more
Ron Christiansen
A good read but not my favorite of Fossum's. While an interesting exploration of the nature of pedophilia, often the dialog between Sejer and Skarre, the central detectives of the series, feels forced, created merely to further the philosophical debate about pedophilia. For example,

"Why are they mainly men?" Skarre wondered.
"Well...I'm not expert but women are much better at initmacy and emotions than men. What we are dealing with here are men who arenet in touch with their own feelings...They
June Ahern
Sep 18, 2012 June Ahern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first-time read of Karin Fossum and not my last. The Water's Edge can be a difficult story as it deals with child abduction and pedophilia. If this is a "no no" for you, do not read this book. Ms. Fossum uncovers the layers of her characters flaws, hopes and fears, one-by-one. In some ways the plot of kidnapping and murder highlights the psychology of most involved. I found that very interesting how between the action and results we saw the person.

Reinhardt and his wife Kristine Ris
Dave Riley
Nov 14, 2011 Dave Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum

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I think Karin Fossum is the most emotionally interesting of crime writers. She moves you and makes you think about our relationships to one another in our communities. Regional Norway becomes a crucible of the rest of our existence and what assumptions may rule our perceptions. Her stories aren't so much about Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jakob Skarre but about us. These coppers are mere conduits to confronting underlying conundrums. This story has a l
Rachel Hall
Aug 21, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Water's Edge tackles the controversial topic of how suspicion in a small community can have very profound and very different consequences on all of those who it touches, and marked an impressive and intelligent first read from author, Karin Fossum. Although this is the eighth novel in the series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre, The Water's Edge works well as a standalone.

During their regular Sunday afternoon walk as has become customary, married couple Reinhardt and Kristin
Oct 27, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Haley Barbour
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: the New Yorker recommended Karin Fossum a few years ago
This wasn't a bad book, but I think I'm done with the pedophiliac subgenre of police procedurals. Especially the ones where the author goes inside the perv's head and writes chapters from his perspective, as the perv inhales the delicious scent of the victim's tiny shorts - a combination of urine, seawater, and sweet apples. I read mysteries to escape from reality, not to dig around in rapists' heads.
Aug 17, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great detective mystery by a gifted writer. In all of Karim Fossum's novels she creates a story so realistic that terror, fear, and tension are created organically. Be sure to read any one of her novels. They are unforgettable!
Sep 16, 2012 Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love Karin Fossum's books. (Full disclosure: my heritage is half Norweigian and I'm intrigued by the Skandinavian perspective.) They take the genre of murder mystery to a brilliant new level by focusing on the effects of the murder on all of the different people involved instead of on figuring out whodunnit. So refreshing! With every new book Fossum explores a different dynamic, a different type of relationship and issue in society . In Water's Edge, the relationship we follow is that of the
Jul 09, 2010 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I read these three mysteries at the same time. This was definitely the best of the three. The other two were horrible. Horrible writing, horrible story plot, gratuitous swearing-definetly not books I would recommend. They threw me off reading for a while-I was that disappointed. Anyway, this book was a decent mystery, probably not even in the good category, in the okay category. I think it seemed better than it really was because of the other two. The author, I am still not sure what she was ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fossum has created a small masterpiece in "The Water's Edge". The book is remarkably short. She manages to cram an incredible amount of what I shall call "emotional" information about her characters by telegraphing their actions and for the most part, their thoughts and speech. The longest paragraphs in the book involve, however, the grieving mothers talking about the two boys whose disappearances make up the supposed raison d'etre of the story. But for Sejer and Skarre, Fossum's well-loved poli ...more
Maria Beltrami
Da anni leggo crime novels provenienti un po' da tutto il mondo. Ritengo che, più di altri tipi di letteratura, mettano in contatto che la società che li ha prodotti, perché la reazione di fronte a un certo tipo di crimine descrive meglio di altre cose i sentimenti di fondo di quella società.
Questo è particolarmente vero in questo libro della Fossum, autrice forse meno celebrata di altri scandinavi, ma che a me piace molto.
E nel suo libro c'è tutta la società norvegese così come io la conosco, u
Fossum has a thing about crimes against children and crimes committed by children. She also has a theme of children going missing and being picked up by nasty men, or by men who are different. Her books often have two crimes were at the end we find there has been two different perpetuators. So while this is an OK book, this series is becoming a bit formulaic.
Dec 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this Friday morning (I believe it will be a good book), but when I heard about the horrific events in CT had to put it down for a while as it is too close to real-life events.

This book had a nice twist.
Aug 17, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
One of the things that I particularly love about really good crime fiction is the way that it highlights the human condition - warts and all. The thing I particularly love about Karin Fossum's books is the way that she explores the notion of the sad, the stupid, the moments in which things go awry. To my mind, there's something profoundly more sobering about the notion of momentary mistake or misjudgement - rather than the automatic presumption of evil.

THE WATER'S EDGE tackles the difficult subj
Sep 03, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fossum. Karin. THE WATER’S EDGE. (Norway-2007; U.S.-2009). ****. A married couple, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris, are taking one of their usual walks through the woods near a lake when they discover the body of a young boy, dead, lying amongst a copse of trees. Almost immediately afterwards, they see an older man with a limp walking away out of the woods. Kristine can remember his face because to her he looked like Hans Christian Andersen. They alert the police, but in the meantime Reinhardt takes ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Water’s Edge, by Karin Fossum, a-minus, produced by BBC Audio, purchased as compact discs from Audio Editions.

In this book we have a couple out hiking finding the body of a dead little boy. They describe a man they saw leaving the scene as looking like Hans Christian Andersen. The inspector begins his search for what he believes may be a pedaphile. This book is unusual in that while they are searching for the man who killed the boy, they are spending time learning about what things come toge
Evanston Public  Library
As I work my way through a nice long list of Scandinavian crime writers, I'm finding Norway's Karin Fossum's books especially satisfying. Inspector Sejer and his assistant Jakob Skarre (think Inspector Lewis and Sergeant Hathaway) take on the investigation when the body of a eight year old boy is found dumped in the forest near Huseby, a small Norwegian town outside Oslo. The child does not have a mark on him, but his shorts and shoes are missing. A local couple out for a Sunday stroll discovere ...more
Andrew Kunka
This is my first Karin Fossum novel, and I found it to be a solid police procedural. The murder of a young boy impacts the lives of several citizens in a small town, most notably the couple who witness the killer leaving the scene. This is not a whodunit: the narrative focus jumps between the couple, the killer, detectives Sejer and Skarre, and others. Instead, we see the course of the investigation as it slowly develops over months. We also don't get much of a look into the detectives' lives, a ...more
 EmmaLee Pryor
Oct 30, 2009 EmmaLee Pryor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrible book. I don't know if it missed something in the translation, but it spent way too much time trying to rationalize and make the reader feel sympathy for a child molestor! The parts from the molestor's POV are simply grotesque, and the speculations from Skarre are terrible. So what if the molestor feels he can't get help because he is too ashamed! Or they had a bad childhood and so do terrible things to other people! And I don't believe that child molestors are born and "just g ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Doffo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Til å være en krimroman er ikke denne særlig spennende. Mordgåten blir raskt oppklart for leseren, og etter det virker det ut som at Fossum er mest interessert i å diskutere pedofili som et uheldig produkt av omgivelser. Det blir dessverre verken fugl eller fisk. Analysene hennes blir veldig overfladiske, og spenningen i boka avtar raskt. Det hjelper heller ikke at så mange karakterer skal få plass på skarve 226 sider. Karakterene blir endimensjonale og svært lite troverdige. Det som hever boka ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review:(10/27/2009, 12:44 PM)
One of my barometers for a great book is when I am finished I can’t stop thinking about the story or the characters. Karen Fossum’s “The Water’s Edge” meets that criteria and then some. Wonderfully written she drew me into the story dealing with a delicate subject of a child’s molestation and murder. As a mother I find this a very difficult subject to read about, but Fossum handles it tactfully as the story unfolds into an excellent mystery. One of my favorite aspect
MS Fossum uses the mystery format and her characters to discuss or explore topics that in many cases might be off limits. In her discussions she doesn't reach a conclusion but does raise questions. I sometimes think the discussions take away from the story but without the discussions would there be a story.

A married couple going out for a walk see a stranger walking toward a car and then a little while later find the body of a young boy. The boy has been assaulted and soon another young boy goes
Aug 08, 2011 Anssi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karin Fossum has an extraordinary talent for creating realistic crime stories, where solving the actual crime has a very small role compared to the psychology and relationships between people involved. In this one, she examines not only the lives of the criminal and the policemen, but also the victims and witnesses of the crime. I didn't like this one quite as much as some of her earlier books, which usually concentrate on just one or two people at a time, and thus delve deeper into their minds. ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myfavoritebooks
This was a very gripping story, wonderfully told. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The only downside was that it left me with too many unanswered questions! I don't want to pose those questions here, but if anyone else has read this book and would like to discuss with me...

Overall, The Water's Edge was an excellent book and I'll be looking for more from Karin Fossum to add to my books-to-read list!
Jun 26, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: English professor
I've been a big fan of Karin Fossum for a while, and this latest Detective Sejer novel does not disappoint. I've read other reviews that criticize Fossum's perceived sympathetic portrayal of paedophiles, but I disagree - Fossum is breathtakingly realistic, and her brief forays into the mind of a criminal are illuminating and interesting, rather than making excuses for the lowest of sexual deviants.

Worth a read, especially considering how short it is. "The Water's Edge" is brief, heartbreaking,
Apr 16, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Sejer novel that I have read. It’s nice to see that he got another dog. Sejer is called upon to solve the death of a young boy, discovered by a couple out walking. The focus isn’t so much on the mystery, but on the interior lives of those the death affects. There is also an interesting discussion about rape crimes.

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Sep 17, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not one of this author's better efforts. The theme is quite universal but the part of the detectives in solving the crime seems very minimal, and in the end they almost do not do any of the investigating, but rely on others to find the crime scene or the perpetrators. I was not as impressed as I usually am with this work and hope her next book will be better.
My least favourite episode. A little boy is found dead, and although the plot and characters are interesting, the novel soon turns into a long lecture about paedophilia and paedophiles, boring at times, which is unusual in Karin Fossum's novels.
Hoping the next instalment will be better...
Jan 02, 2011 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is set in Norway and was translated into English. The dialogue and very stilted and it is hard to tell if that is the translation or the way it was written. Either way, it made it a bit boring to read even though the characters were pretty well-developed.
Oct 19, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Fossum book. One thing I noticed is that the locations in Norway that she uses don't seem to be real. I enjoy looking up streets, lakes, etc. when I read, but I could find no real location in this book at all. Contrast the books of Peter Lovesey, taking place in Bath, England, where I can find every one of his references, even to restaurants, etc. that have now closed. It makes the book so much more enjoyable.
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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 translate ...more
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