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

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,729 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Reinhardt and Kristine Ris, a married couple, 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 t ...more
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Published August 11th 2010 by Mariner Books (first published 2007)
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Paul
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
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Dave Riley

The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum

Karin Fossum

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
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June Ahern
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
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Tom
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!
Allison
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
Lane


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
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Angie
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
Lobstergirl
Oct 27, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Rebecca
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.
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
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
Caroline
If one didn't know better, one would assume from reading Fossum's crime mysteries, that murderers and paedophiles run amok in Norway.

A couple, taking their weekly Sunday walk through Linde Forest, are brushed past by a man stumbling through the woods and later discover the body of a 7 year old boy under a tree, clad only in his t-shirt. The couple alert the police and provide a description of the man they saw as well as the car they saw him get into. As Inspector Sejer and Jacob Skarre begin th
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Tony
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
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Karen
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
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 EmmaLee Pryor
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
Chris
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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Andrea
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
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Doug
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
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Anssi
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
Kristen
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!
Rachel
Jun 26, 2012 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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,
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Ann Woodbury Moore
This is the 8th Inspector Sejer mystery (for some reason the 7th,"The Murder of Harriet Krohn"--originally published in Norway in 2004--is just coming out in America this year). I couldn't set it down, and yet it was disappointing in many ways. The book takes place over nearly a year, and is slow and talky. The crime involves pedophilia, and Sejer and his sidekick Skarre have lengthy philosophical / psychological discussions about pedophiles and their backgrounds and motives. There is little abo ...more
Carol
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.
Erin
Once again, Fossum centres her book on a crime that is not "pure evil" as we're used to seeing in "find the killer" books, but rather a crime that just feels unfortunate and sad. While the characters are dark, they're still human. This is particularly notable given the perpetrator in this story is a pedophile. While the story in no way forgives pedophilia, we do get a sense of the horrible nature if the affliction from both sides. And as is so often the case with her books, I did not finish it w ...more
donna_ehm
I would agree with other reviewers that said the social commentary in this one came off as being a touch too obvious - at times it felt like listening in on a conversation the author was having with another person, rather than between the characters. Also, the story only addressed why (view spoiler) ...more
Thomas Bruso
In its brevity, Karin Fossum's newest work of fiction, "The Water's Edge," excels with smooth, poetic prose, fine storytelling, and well-drawn characters. A few red-herrings squirrel through the pages of this well crafted, smart, and haunting police procedural as well. The reader feels compelled to read further in this perplexing whodunit, where evil is exorcised in the last chapters.

Inspector Konrad Sejer and his partner, Jacob Skarre, are back for another riotous conundrum in the small town of
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
I really enjoy Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer novels. This novel begins with a small boy being found, dead, lying beside a lake. The discovery is made by a married couple named Reinhardt and Kristine Ris who were taking their customary Sunday walk towards the peaceful and secluded Lake Linde. Suddenly, Reinhardt spots the body of a child, lying face down and naked from the waist down. And, much to his wife's horror takes pictures of the deceased child before the police arrive. There are no signs ...more
Zaphoddent
Loathed this book.

In an attempt to explore the multiple layers of her characters, Fossum manages to come off as over-sympathetic to the paedophiles. Her principal detective actually makes this statement: "Whereas gay men have finally become accepted, paedophiles will forever be outcast". Really? This statement is made by the principal detective. Okay, granted referring to anyone as a detective in the book is a stretch given how minor the police roles are and how all they do is bumble through th
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Karin Fossum 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 translated into over 16 ...more
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