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The Caller by Karin Fossum
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Oct 04, 2012

really liked it
Read from September 09 to October 02, 2012

The Caller by Karin Fossum, translated by K.E. Semmel from the Norwegian, is the eighth book in her Inspector Konrad Sejer series of books. It is not only a mystery with a adrenaline rush, but also a psychological examination of the criminal and victims minds. Rather than a mystery that needs to be unraveled, Fossum creates an unsettling atmosphere that keeps readers on the edge. What will happen next, how will the criminal again strike fear into those around him — neighbors, family, strangers.

And yes, this is a book about fear — the fear of death — the fear of death when it calls. Death is always unexpected when it arrives, but what if you are lulled into an artificial sense of security by your own contented perceptions of your home and neighborhood? What if something occurs that simply disrupts your preconceived notions of security? Fossum asks these questions with each new prank and situation, and she ramps up the anxiety with each page turned. From the very first pages, readers become aware that the Norwegian landscape will darken and tranquility will become tentative.

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