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I Can See in the Dark

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,200 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
A brilliant stand-alone crime novel from Norway's original queen of crime.
Riktor doesn't like the way the policeman comes straight into the house without knocking. He doesn't like the arrogant way he observes his home.The policeman doesn't tell him why he's there, and Riktor doesn't ask. Because he knows he's guilty.

But it turns out that the policeman isn't looking
Paperback, 250 pages
Published July 25th 2013 by Harvill Secker (first published January 1st 2010)
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switterbug (Betsey)
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
No other Scandinavian crime writer that has been translated into English impresses me as much as Karin Fossum, who is one of my favorite contemporary crime novelists. The crime itself is often less germane to the overall story than the psychological profiles of the people involved. In this book, there are definitely some straw characters (such as the police detective), which I accepted, because the main character, Riktor, a true loner, is so chilling and fascinating a protagonist that I was cons ...more
Rachel Hall
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This stand-alone from the pen of Karin Fossum is an utter tour de force which manages to take readers through the whole spectrum of human emotion and whilst it is not an easy read it offers an insight into the disturbed perspective of a loner with a spiteful tendency to inflict his venom on those who place their trust in him. Riktor's primary outlet for his cruelty is the nursing home that he has spent his career of seventeen-years working within, exercising despicable acts on those that depend
May 25, 2015 rated it it was ok

2.5 stars

The main character in this Norwegian novel is Riktor, who works as a male nurse in a facility that houses elderly and chronically ill patients. Riktor is a sadistic psychopath who mistreats his charges, flushes their food and pills down the toilet, and injects their medicine into the mattress. He especially enjoys torturing an elderly, helpless woman named Nelly Friis. When Riktor's alone with Nelly he pinches her and pulls out her hair, being careful not to leave obvious damage. Riktor
Diane S ☔
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Riktor is not a nice man. Although he works in a caring profession, he uses the opportunity not to help but to terrorize those who are to weak to fight back. He has no friends, only people he sees at the park he frequents. The one time he tries to have a friendly r3elationship with someone, it ends up very bad for the other person. Riktor is a psychopath.

A psychologically twisty novel, a stand alone from Fossum who can induce feelings of dread in the staunchest of readers. She does it so ve
Lydia Kius
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I read this book all in one sitting....I hate when I finish a Karin Fossum mystery because the world becomes boring again. "I Can See in the Dark" does not disappoint if you are a Karin Fossum fan and if you have not been fortunate enough to be familiar with her work, this is the perfect introduction to her brilliant but dark and deep mind.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I Can See in the Dark is not a mystery or whodunnit, and I think some negative reviews were written by people whose expectations were disappointed. Instead, the story is told through the perspective of a sociopath who has thus far managed to appear like the quintessential quiet guy next door. There's no huge drama, which is typical of most real-life crime. What grips the reader is observing how the protagonist's skewed moral compass conflicts with society's expectations of acceptable behavior. T ...more
Indrani Sen
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: norway
I feel ambivalent about this one. There is no doubt about the writer's craft. This is a very good book, only it just is not my cup of tea.

The look into the mind of Riktor, a slightly psychopathic character, is very interesting. But it keeps going on for a little too long, I felt. The twist at the end is nice. I thought I could empathize with the main protagonist to an extent, but still found him to be a bit too weird. Had he not been the focus, perhaps it would have worked better for me.

Naomi Blackburn
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
As someone who has read every book by this author, this was my least favorite Karin Fossum book.

I didn't find this book as approachable or engaging as I have found others in her series. On that note, I will say as a true Fossum fan and the catalyst who led me into my love of Nordic Noir, her irony of writing on a criminal who was charged with a crime he didn't commit was hilarious.

On that note, if one is new to Nordic Noir, I would start with her Inspector Sejer series.

Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Maybe I should have read some of the other books, but this just did not suit me.
Sorry, not for me.
Lukasz Pruski
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Norway's Karin Fossum is one of my favorite mystery authors. Her "Black Seconds" and "Indian Bride" are solidly five-star works, some of the best mysteries I have ever read in my life. "I Can See in the Dark" is not Ms. Fossum's best novel, although it is very readable. I do not like the term "page turner" as it implies inferior quality of writing - one just wants to turn the pages to follow the plot rather than savor the writing, but while "I Can See in the Dark" is a page turner, it is - as al ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many thriller writers have attempted to take us inside the mind of a psychopath. Few have succeeded with such understated elegance as Karin Fossum does here.

This appalling yet enthralling stand-alone novel convincingly describes the inner landscape of the quiet man, the loner, the secret sadist, the malcontent misanthrope who knows himself to be superior to normal people. He delights in tormenting vulnerable patients who depend upon him for care and medication, while passing sinister judgment o
Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am a sucker for a good thriller/serial killer story. That is when I can find a good thriller/serial killer story. This sadly was not one. In fact, I don't really know what all happened in this book. While it was a fast read, it felt slow. This is probably because I found nothing engaging about Riktor. Yet I kept reading trying to understand his motivation for why he kills. Even that was boring. Like the time he watched a guy drown in a frozen hole in the lake. It was painfully slow to watch an ...more
Kasa Cotugno
Reminiscent of the works of Ruth Rendell in which the reader is plunged into the often twisted psyche of the guilty rather than the victimized, Fossum has written a mesmerizing psychological study. No whodunnit here -- Ricktor, the self delusional first person narrator, sees his actions as the result of being totally justified and does not feel either responsible or reprehensible. Let us all hope we do not see his face as our caretaker in our waning days. A true tour de force in holding interest ...more
Ken Fredette
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The story was a bit odd but it did make sense in a way. You were always in the first person, the criminal.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Another compelling read from Fossum with a loathsome lead character that at times it was hard not to feel some semblance of pity for....if only briefly.

Riktor is a pretty vile creature, working as a nurse for the sick & aged, he takes great delight in tormenting & cruelly treating those in his care. Riktor seems to have a somewhat skewed view of right & wrong, after all he only killed Arnfinn as he betrayed his trust & therefore deserved it in Riktor's eyes.

When the police arriv
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not the most likable character and I still wanted him to get away with it. Terrifying!
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
I strangely disturbing story of madness that is mostly concealed and controlled until one day the control is lost and anger and rage rule.
This is a very sad story about man who has no emotional connection with people, with life, with his actions. On the surface he appears to function well; to hold a job, a person who is reliable, quiet and conservative. But appearances can be deceiving and he has worked hard to deceive.

Fossum paints the picture of this sad and desperately lonely individual with
Margaret Madden
Riktor is a strange man. He has no family, no friends and lives a very lonely existence. Working as a nurse in a care home for the elderly, he is surrounded by pain and death. Having a secret crush on his boss makes the days go a bit faster. When a problem with trust causes Riktor to lose his temper, death finds its way into his own home. A visit from the police may not have been totally unexpected, but what does surprise Riktor is the fact that they are accusing him of a crime that he knows not ...more
This standalone novel from Norwegian author, Karin Fossum, feels quite different from her Inspector Sejer series. I have read a few of those, so this one immediately appealed to me. And though it is certainly well-written and smoothly translated, Riktor borders on too skillfully drawn for this to be an enjoyable read. He’s unapologetic about the terrible things that he has done - and as a nurse in a care facility for the elderly, there are a number of terrifying possibilities for him to perform ...more
Tanya King-Carmichael
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I lied. I didn't actually finish this book. It's the first Karin Fossum book I have not avidly devoured. To say it was very disappointing is putting it mildly. I reached 100 pages, and thought I do not want to spend another moment in this abhorrent character's mind. As a fan of Fossum's work, I am fully aware that she often writes from the point of view of the killer, and this often makes for a disturbing and disquietening read. I am aware of this, and this is what is intriguing about reading he ...more
laura m
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychology practitioners and afficionados, crime writers and readers.
4 stars because it's super depressing, great for this gloomy grey rainy day. 5 stars for the quality of writing, as per norm.
this excellent psychological drama reminds me a bit of The Caller, maybe he would grow up to be a Rictor.
very through and sharp analysis of a sad and deranged mind and life, dissecting layer by layer. more shocking than all the blood, guts and gore american crime writers throw at us in heaps.
not as enjoyable as Sejer mysteries but a must read. grasped it in a matter of 5
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good author can create a repugnant character and make the reader care about them. I was shocked and horrified by Riktor's behavior.....but ended up feeling compassion for him. Forget justice. I'm not really interested in the fantasy that there is such a thing, but I loved that such a twisted guy expected justice and still was hopeful for the future. This book also somehow manages to be lighter than the grim subject matter.
Geert Vandriessche
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Karin Fossum moet het niet hebben van het gecompliceerd verhaal; deze keer staat de volledige inhoud van het boek zelfs op de achterflap. Degelijk compact verhaal dus dat niet zoals andere thrillers misleidende hints bevat die je naar de verkeerde dader leiden maar wel een prachtige omschrijving van wat er in het hoofd omgaat van iemand met een persoonlijkheidsstoornis. Ondanks vele lugubere fases enorm genoten van dit boek!
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Hur det än slutar upp, så lyckas Riktor komma med oskyldiga ursäkter till alla de hemska saker han gör, vilket jag tyckte var väldigt fascinerande att läsa. Första tredjedelen av boken var definivit min favorit, eftersom då var det mycket mer tankebanor som beskrevs. Sedan tycker jag att det hände för mycket, och det beskrevs för lite av hans tankar. Gillar hur boken är skriven, språket fångade lätt upp intresset.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was very dark story. I thought it was going to be a mystery but it really wasn't. Even though this book was short, only around 200 pages, it was not a quick read. The writing was very wordy. This story would have been better cut down a little and maybe written as a novella. The main character an evil person, which made it really hard to care about his story and what happened to him.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, audiobook
the perspective was awesome. very fossum in style.
the protagonist is strongly on asperger side of the spectrum and with some other issues. murder/killing happens, and ... everything happens around the protagonistʻs world.
Alisa Kester
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Based on the reviews I read, I thought this was going to be a brilliant cat and mouse game between a policeman and a killer.

No, it's not. The policeman is only in the novel for about 5 seconds, and the rest is just the somewhat tedious mumblings of a third-rate psychopath.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my favourite reads ever.
It's so well done so well written .
I have to give it 5 Stars without doubt.
It's a brilliant read.
Fossum seriously does a brilliant job putting you in Ritkor's head
It's an amazing read loved it read it.
Fenia Vazaka
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Σε δουλειά να βρισκόμαστε... Βαρετό, προβλέψιμο, χωρίς ένταση και πάθος. Δεν κρατάει καθόλου τον αναγνώστη. Θα μπορούσε να το έχει γράψει και ένα παιδί δημοτικού.
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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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