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(Konrad Sejer #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  9,192 ratings  ·  675 reviews


Ev kapılarının bile kilitlenmediği ve çocukların korkusuzca sokaklarda oynadığı sessiz bir kasabada bir çocuk kaybolur. Polis çağrılır fakat birkaç saat sonra çocuk ge
336 pages
Published 2011 by Pegasus Yayıncılık (first published March 8th 2004)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Don't Look Back heralds the arrival of an exotic new crime series featuring Inspector Sejer, a smart and enigmatic hero, tough but fair. The setting is a small, idyllic village at the foot of Norway's Kollen Mountain, where neighbors know neighbors and children play happily in the streets. But when the body of a teenage girl is found by the lake at the mountaintop, the town's tranquility is shattered forever. Annie was strong, intelligent, and loved by eve
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I plan on giving all of my Karin Fossum reviews the same statement because I don't even want the hint of a spoiler on this woman's fantastic work. Fossum's writing gave me my love of Scandanavian mystery writers and I seek those writings out. Hands down,though, Fossum's work is the best nordic noir I have come across so far.
Rachel Hall
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read my first Karin Fossum novel, the eighth of the series, which introduced me to Inspector Konrad Sejer and his junior sidekick, Jacob Skarre. At The Water's Edge impressed me, largely because of its striking difference to the majority of crime fiction and indeed Nordic noir. Emotionally resonant, Fossum's novels not only deal with the whodunnit element but concentrates on the whydunnit, the motives behind each and every crime, the emotions that drive them and the guilt and regrets ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on sale for the Kindle back when it seemed like Norwegian crime fiction was a thing. Is it still a thing? I don't know, but it was a thing, right? Anyway, I thought it was a thing and so I bought this and in retrospect a silly number of other Karin Fossum books when they were on sale, and I remember thinking, "Boy, I hope these don't suck," as I clicked through and kept buying. Click. Click. Click.

I'm reading 52 books in 52 weeks for 2013, and I've weighted my reading list tow
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, thriller
I won't summarize the story, that's already been done. I enjoyed this book, although not as much as I wanted to. Since Stieg Larsson, everyone is looking for the next Scandinavian powerhouse. This author is one that has been touted as such, but I have to disagree. The story was compelling, a girl is murdered who seems like the least likely to suffer such a fate and very few clues are found. Still, rather early on I figured out who the murder was. The red herrings were so obvious I never once con ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Sejer series, this book was better than the first. Sejer and Skarre were front and center in this book, and as they became closer friends, I got to know them better. The plot involved the murder of a young girl, and the various people who might have done it. I had suspicions that kept changing and had lingering doubts almost to the end. Halvor and Raymond were two likable characters that I hope to see more of in future books, but that remains to be seen.
Deb Jones
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read good things about Karin Fossum's novels. I'm happy to say I concur with the many positives I came to expect.
The characters are a diverse group, but each one comes to life in a realistic way. The story's momentum is steady and forward-moving; the suspense likewise. All in all, a great reading experience.
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A five year-old girl goes missing in a small Norwegian village and witnesses report seeing her get into acar with Raymond, a local recluse who has Down's syndrome. Just when the police are about to publicly concede that she has been murdered, she walks out of the woods into her back yard. She is unharmed.

Later that same day, her mother calls the police with a strange story. Little Ragnhild says that when she and Raymond were up at a mountaintop lake near the village, they saw a womanwith nothing
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DON'T LOOK BACK, by Karen Fossum, is a really good book, and it is made even better by the journey it took for me to read it. I picked up her novel BAD INTENTIONS. It's the 7th in the Konrad Sejer detective series. I went back and found this book, the first in the series, to get a little back ground, and found myself captured by the riveting mystery of a murdered teenager. This novel was written in 1995, translated to English some 9 years later, and only now have I heard about it. There are so m ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a certain joy experienced by a mystery lover who has just discovered a brand new (to her) series that she knows she will become a favorite. There is a certain glee born of finding that the series already has about eight books to it, and that there will be no waiting one to two years for the next installment...when she can devour them at her leisure. (Mwahahahahaha!)

I loved this book. The head detective is a gentle man, yet passionate about police work. There were moments of sheer poetry
If you like mysteries that really make you think, Karin Fossum has definitely done that in this novel. A psychological mystery that really digs into the characters of both the victim and the suspects, this book is riveting as you see why each of the suspects could possibly have been the murderer. As Chief Inspector Sejer and his partner discover more and more about each of the suspects along with the personality of Annie, the young murder victim, the potentiality of "who done it" increases. I re ...more
Bella South
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although some of the narrative seemed to have been lost in translation and editing, I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling novel - my first but not my last of the Inspector Sejer series. The surprise ending blew me away and caused me to re-think the entire story. An enjoyable fast read - perfect for sultry summer weather when it's difficult to concentrate on much of anything.

Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was great. Sejer is a great inspector, and refreshingly not a grumpy alcoholic. Don't get me wrong, I love my grumpy alcoholic police inspectors, but it was a nice change of pace. Fossum treats her characters in a very humane way. I even found myself getting a little misty-eyed at the cemetery scene.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Konrad Sejer is unyielding and determined in his pursuit of truth. He can be tough but he is not strident. His MO includes considering other people's feelings. He is a likable sleuth. A widower, he cherishes the memories of his wife. He loves his grandson and he pampers his dog. He doesn't sleep around or go on alcoholic binges. He doesn't abuse or belittle those below him in the chain of command.

In this book by Karin Fossum, Sejer pursues the killer of a beautiful young woman who was
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Back
By Karin Fossum
4 stars
pp. 324

This was the first book which I had read of Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series and for me it was a promising start. I found myself drawn to the introspective Inspector Sejer and his methods of questioning suspects and following the loose ends.

A frantic search for a missing child is successful however the search uncovers the body of a local teenager, Annie Holland. Through questioning it is uncovered that Annie is kind, considerate, she possessed an
Karin Fossum is known as the Queen of Nordic Noir and I was quite excited to read her books, especially the series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer. Although Don't Look Back is her second novel in the series, I did not find it difficult to pick up in the story line. Fossum describes each of her characters in depth, filling out each of their personalities perfectly. Sejer is meticulous and thorough but not ever to the point of becoming redundant or boring which often is found in crime novels. The ...more
Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum is the second in a series by the Norwegian author (although the first I've read), featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer. Sejer is another member of the Scandinavian police force-strong, hardened, immensely attractive. This story begins as a little girl is reported missing, having last been seen getting into the car of a local eccentric. The characters are vividly rendered as is the setting.

I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading the next in the series
ashley c
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
3.5 stars.

This is my first Karin Fossum book - was really missing some good psychological crime mysteries with strong character development and an engaging plot (ie. Tana French) - so I trawled through forums looking for similar readers looking to quench the French thirst (this sounds much better in my head you know) and found a whole lot of authors, including Fossum. I know it's a bit unfair to start reading an author like that but I'm so tiffed with the person who suggested her because she's
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 The mystery is good and we have a no. of plausible suspects. But, the murderer is caught purely by chance and not because of the police investigation which left me dissatisfied. While this was better than Eva's Eye in every way, it was still mediocre.
I am not sure if I will pick up one by her again.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had all kinds of questions and objections when reading this book, but have this niggling sense that my concerns are embedded in cultural differences and the in-exactitude of translation.

It is likely that the Norwegian society is very different from mine, but right off the bat I had a problem with the opening paragraphs describing a 6 year old girl walking home alone from a sleep over. I like to think that I am a fairly laid-back parent, no helicoptering for me, but there is something very wro
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Karin Fossum, Don't Look Back, started slowly for me. Perhaps that was just me getting used to the main characters: two Norwegian detectives. As a frequent reader of crime and police procedural novels, this author's books came to me through the ever-enthusiastic Nordic Noir group here on Goodreads.
I like the way she is developing her characters, most particularly Inspectors Sejer and Skerre. Throughout the story, the reader gets to know them better. So the novel is not just about the
This is my second Inspector Konrad Sejer book and I must say that I am hooked. I read the first two books or rather listened to them, and must say that David Rintoul's reading certainly adds to the excellence of the books.
What's more, the characters Karin Fossum creates are just fascinating.

I can tell that I will just HAVE to read on.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical police procedural. While no Kurt Wallander, protagonist Inspector Sejer's quirky personality should hold the reader interest. Karin Fossum does not appear to be as dark as some of her fellow Norwegian writers.
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I found this book in a mystery book shop near Rhinebeck, NY. Fossum is Norwegian, and this is the first is a series she is writing. I enjoyed it very much. She is an intelligent writer and puts that intelligence into her characters. She is a good discovery.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed in the ending of this book. The story kept me turning the pages, but I don't feel that the writer wrapped up all loose ends.
Helga Cohen
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Back is part of a crime series by the Norwegian author Karin Fossum. It features Inspector Sejer who is widowed, very committed and introspective. It takes place at the foot of the Kollen Mountains of Norway.

It is a compelling story of a 15 year old girl who is murdered and about the various people who might have done it. The characters are described in great depth. I really like the character of Inspector Sejer and the setting and will continue to read more books in this series. The
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I found this series before our trip to Norway. I like the way Karin Fossum writes. There is compassion in her characters. Two memorable exchanges occur between a grieving father and the superintendent of the cemetery and between Inspector Sejer and a grieving young man. Although this is a mystery there are no horrendously violent scenes. As with many series books, I feel as I am getting to know Inspector Sejer better and I like what I see. I'm also getting a glimpse into a country I loo ...more
Colin Mitchell
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Start's out with a young girl missing and then there is a body by the lake. Inspector Sejur follows the clues in this dark Scandinavian novel set in Norway. Not only is the plot dark but the people, their homes and the country in general are all described as grey and dark.This does hold your attention and the twist leave you unsure who was the perpetrator even when an arrest is made. A good series for those with a liking for Scandinavian crime novels. About 3.5.
Tory Wagner
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Inspector Sejer series offering another dark look into the world of crime in which the innocent, this time a young child, find themselves at the mercy of evil. The juxtaposition of the profane and the ordinary add to the atmosphere of darkness and makes for a wonderfully scary read.
Maybe something was lost in the translation, because this book's dialogue and observations were off.
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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

Other books in the series

Konrad Sejer (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Evas Öga (Konrad Sejer, #1)
  • He Who Fears the Wolf (Konrad Sejer, #3)
  • When the Devil Holds the Candle (Konrad Sejer, #4)
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“Do you know Oslo well?” Sejer asked, surprised. “I drove a taxi there for two years.” “Is there anything you haven’t done?” “I’ve never done any skydiving.” 2 likes
“You have a daughter who’s been through puberty,” he said inquisitively. “So what was it like?” “Oh,” Sejer said, looking out the window. “It was mostly Elise who handled that type of thing. But I do remember it. Puberty is a really rough time. She was a sunbeam until she turned thirteen, then she began to snarl. She snarled until she was fourteen, then she began to bark. And then it wore off.” 1 likes
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