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The Indian Bride

(Konrad Sejer #5)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,503 ratings  ·  627 reviews
When perpetual bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. On the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found in a meadow on the outskirts of town. None of the "good people of Elvestad" can believe that anyone among them would be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2000)
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Karen C.
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
When I had finished reading the last page, I felt like I had been dumped out of a moving vehicle onto a quiet countryside road in the middle of nowhere. For an instant I thought, "Is there a Part II?" This book is a quick, fun read and you become addicted to the situation and the characters early in the book; the addiction becomes increasingly stronger as you continue to read on. But there are no easy answers to who is the guilty culprit. Someone confesses, but is he a victim of mind control? In ...more
Rachel Hall
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This fifth entry in the series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre and is a slightly more traditional police procedural in contrast to some of the earlier offerings from Karin Fossum. However, in her true style she takes readers on a tumultuous journey to the heart of the small rural town of Elvestad, home to just over two-thousand residents. Calling Out For You appears on outset to bear all the hallmarks of an uplifting love story but is quickly followed by an act of barb
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This Norwegian mystery was a strange little book. It held my interest, but I wasn't so thrilled with the characters. Except for Poona (the Indian bride), the female characters were not very bright or sane or likeable (Marie was okay I guess but she was in a coma for most of the book). The police officers were too good to be true. And the main character, Gunder was the world's sweetest most devoted man living a fantasy until August 20th - when his charmed life completely turned upside down. I kep ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read, with many interesting characters, a good flow, moments of mystery and moments of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed picking the book up every night, hoping to find out more and to try and guess who the murderer was. However, the ending disappointed me.

I usually judge a book by the ending. If it is a good ending, I will say the whole book was good even if it started out less well. In this case, the book was great, but the mediocre ending ruined it for me. The problem was,
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Fossum takes quite a different approach to the murder mystery genre than we usually see, built in a different sensibility. Yes, there is a murder, a brutal murder. There is an investigation. But the focus here is more on the quirks of fate that led the victim to be where she was, when she was, and on the husband left behind. The tale is also about the people in this small Norwegian town/village, what they've seen, what they imagine, and why they don't talk; the level of secrecy is astonishing. I ...more
Bill Garrison
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Karen Fossum and have enjoyed going through her books, reading one about every three months as I catch up on all that she has written. THE INDIAN BRIDE is the fourth book in the Konrad Sejer series, I believe. It is a book where you will definitely enjoy the journey, but the destination might leave a sour taste in your mouth.

It takes some getting used to, but I've grown to love the structure of Fossum's novels in which Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre don't appear until chap
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This is my first book by this author and I loved it. I like a lot of Scandinavian mysteries/psychological thrillers and this is no exception. There is a lot of ambiguity, almost as though there is more than one truth. I look forward to my next one by this author!
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I have to admit a tiny tear escaped my eye on the last page of The Indian Bride. A 50-something Norwegian tractor salesman, goodnatured and a bit of a simpleton, goes to India to procure himself a wife. She flies to Norway but he can't meet her at the airport due to unforeseen circumstances, whereupon she is violently killed in a field. Near the end of the book her Indian brother comes to Norway to claim her body, and brings with him a letter she has written him explaining why she married this m ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After having read When the Devil Holds the Candle, I knew I was in for something unusual when I picked up another of Karin Fossun's Inspector Sejer's books. This one, The Indian Bride, as did the earlier book, features action that takes place almost outside of Inspector's Sejer's investigation. Fossum succeeds in developing parallel narratives of Sejer and the character Gunder, who goes in search of a wife in India. Throughout the book, as in the earlier book, the reader always knows more than I ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
When will I learn not to rent audios for Nordic crime fiction? I hope that I’m not ethnocentric, but I couldn’t keep the foreign sounding names for these Norwegian characters (and towns) straight in my head. I became frustrated, which diminished my enjoyment of this story. I’ve no doubt that it is a better novel that my rating indicates.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll only say that I had a difficult time putting it down. My husband's review sums it up well:

"There was a touch of guilt in everyone, which put them in a bad light, sometimes quite undeservedly. The ruthlessness of it, digging into other people's lives, was the part of the job he disliked most."

Karin Fossum's Nordic noir hero Inspector Sejer is back to delve into the lives of the 2,000 souls in Elvestad, a Norwegian village so interested in protecting one another that the truth of a brutal cri
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really wonderfully different type of book to read. It was more a character study of the people of a town where a young Indian woman is brutally murdered for no apparent reason, and the reactiion of the people who are marginally or directly involved with contact with her and the man who married her and brought her to this place. I found myself caught up in the distinct loneliness of these individuals and their seeming inability to empathize or relate to each other as most would expect ...more
Kortessa Giachanatzi
This Fossum's book doesn't contain the suspence that the scandinavian crime literature has used used us to. It doesn't the tension of "who did it". On the other hand though, it has some positive characteristics. One of them is the beautiful description of the landscape. Especially of the place where the crime was commited.Another worth mentioning trait of the book is the description of the psychology of the people who happen to live in close society, where the secrets ( and even the personal dai ...more
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
The fourth book in the Inspector Sejer mystery series. I really, really liked this book...but not as much as the first three, because the ending left things a little unresolved. In this book, a Norwegian man travels to India to find a bride. He does - but when she comes to Norway, she is brutally murdered. Who in this small town could have done such a thing? Very interesting. Karin Fossum sure knows how to spin a good tale - and how to make her characters very intricate and alive. I highly recom ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Inspired by an article in the "Wall St. Journal" about the popularity of Scandinavian detective novel writers in hard times, I checked out samplings from half a dozen authors. This story was impossible to put down! Starkly drawn, but very believable, characters made this story of one lonely, middle aged man's search for love moving and tragic. On the third to last page doubt is subtly thrown on the crime's resolution.
Lukasz Pruski
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Later, she would never forget this. The last moment when life was good."

I had read Karin Fossum's The Indian Bride (2000) for the first time about 10 years ago, long before Kat helped me find Goodreads. Totally swept off my feet by the sheer emotional impact of the story I was unable to notice some weaknesses of the novel and decided it was a masterpiece of psychological crime genre. This time no five stars from me despite the fact that Ms. Fossum's writing resonates with my sensibilities lik
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very sad book after starting out as hope filled. A Norwegian man reaches a point in his life when he feels it would be right to find a wife, but not a Norwegian woman as he had never understood them. The portrait of his character and daily life is so moving: he is very private with co-workers and neighbors but has always had a very close relationship with his sister Maria. I wish the story could have ended with his success in making travel arrangements and finding a woman in India to ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dang, this author has so much potential. I loved the descriptive detail and got into the characters, especially in the first half of the book. Unfortunately, I started getting impatient wanting it to end. Then, the story line fell apart.
Rob Kitchin
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst ostensibly a police procedural, Calling Out For You has a somewhat different approach to most books in the sub-genre, focusing as much on the local community and how it reacts to a heinous crime in its midst as it does on the investigation. The result is a narrative strongly focused on exploring various characters and their interactions and the themes of uncertainty, doubt, suspicion and loyalty. Fossum nicely plays the heartstrings with respect to the doomed relationship between Gunder a ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
I didn't realize that this was a mystery novel and one in a series, either. So the first few chapters I was really enjoying the kind of Maeve-Binchy type love story fraught with potential conflict the author was developing. Until the violent murder. Then I was shocked and had to re-read the cover which clearly says, "A Detective Sejer Mystery." I normally like mysteries but this one never came to a good conclusion. Started great, ended badly.
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 I have come across so far.
Dana Grimes
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this for book club and thought it was a great mystery and well written. I also liked the characters and enjoyed the pace of the story. It really felt like a PBS Masterpiece Mystery (hint hint PBS)of which I am a huge fan so I think I am going to read another inspector Sejer book soon!
Sara Dovre Wudali
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More, more! Must immediately seek out her other books. I loved the Norwegian, small-town sensibility. And I loved that she demands you be a close reader. Without a close read, I think you will not enjoy the ending. It is not just a detective novel, but a character study. Lovely.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A friend who always pointed reliably to good mysteries recommended this author and I believe even this book to me a long time ago. Somewhere along the way, I snagged a used copy of it, and it has been sitting on my shelf ever since. I threw it into my backpack as I headed out to the airport, but didn't manage to get too far into it on my holiday trip. Initially, I found its premise mildly interesting if somewhat unlikely--a reclusive middle-aged Norwegian man gets it into his head to go to India ...more
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Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Karin Fossum's best novel in the Konrad Sejer series and the writer seems to have chosen a rather straightforward police procedural, whodunit mystery storyline and at the same time, she managed to preserve her trademark quality which is the depth of the characters in the novel. Fossum is known to be one of the strongest in drawing three-dimensional characters and this can be applied both to the duo of the protagonists Sejer and Skare (the police Inspector and his trusted sidekick) as wel ...more
Wendy Needham
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Unsatisfactory ending with so many unanswered questions
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this one when it first came out. It has stuck with me all this time as a favorite. Don't let the title fool you. A great story.
Lynn Spencer
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I read this book for the 2012 TBR Challenge, and I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.

I read across a wide variety of genres, so choosing a non-romance book for this month’s TBR Challenge proved rather tricky. In the end, I went with a mystery, because I really wanted to get back into Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series. Set in rural Norway, this series follows Inspector Sejer on his investigations and stands apart from many other mystery series in that it focuses much more on the psychology and
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, norway
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/ 2001 Norway & 2007 English translation/297 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #5 in Inspector Konrad Sejer series
TIME/PLACE: 1990's/Norway
CHARACTERS: Inspector Konrad Sejer
FIRST LINES: The silence is shattered by the barking of a dog.

COMMENTS: Library book. Loved it! The set-up is about the 1st 1/3 of the book that really is emotionally engaging. We meet Gunder Jorman a 50 yr old bachelor living in a small No
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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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