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Bad Intentions

(Konrad Sejer #9)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,961 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.

Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Harvill Secker (first published 2008)
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Rachel Hall
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For two of the kindliest detectives in crime fiction, Inspector Konrad Sejer and his sidekick Jacob Skarre never provide comfortable reading and this ninth entry in the series is one of their most unsettling investigations to date, not that Bad Intentions follows anything as simple as the course of a run-of-the-mill police procedural. The penetrating and all seeing eye that Konrad Sejer brings to his job rarely takes anything at face value, preferring to question everything and come to his own c ...more
Thomas Bruso
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A warning for all Karin Fossum followers: "Bad Intentions" is not for the squeamish. The writing, however, is, as always, riveting and pulse-pounding. As are Fossum's characterizations of people.

In her newest, brief novel, Fossum catches her readers off guard with her dangerously delicious approach to the dark side of the human psyche. Three troubled boys: Jon, Reilly and Axel, fighting demons from their past, must come to terms with their compulsive behavior of a recent unsettling crime, which
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'm not sure whether a friend told me about this book or if I saw it mentioned on a website; either way, it was presented to me as a Scandinavian crime novel in the mold of Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc). Everyone is recommending Scandinavian crime novels these days, riding on Larsson's coattails.

Well. Bad Intentions is nothing at all like Larsson. There's not a hint of Lisbeth Salander here, or even Mikael Blomkvist. The author isn't even Swedish; she's
Jessica Woodbury
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, crime-mystery, arc
I've been reading Karin Fossum for years now, so I've had a chance to see her change. Her books started as more traditional crime novels. Procedurals, basically, with a stoic and sensitive Inspector Sejer at their heart. They were always smarter and more emotionally honest than your average crime novel.

Lately she's moved in a different direction. Her novels claim to be Inspector Sejer books but he is only a minor figure in "Bad Intentions." Instead the book focuses on a group of 3 men, friends s
Bruce Hatton
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian-crime
Like the narrator of Poe's Tell Tale Heart, Jon Moreno is a young man driven to insanity by a guilty conscience. At first, we are unaware of what crime Jon has committed; only that his friends, Axel Frimann and Philip Reilly are also deeply involved.
When Jon's drowned body is discovered in the aptly named Dead Water Lake, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to investigate.
Konrad Sejer is, in many ways (although not in appearance),like a Norwegian Columbo; patiently yet persistently probing the
Jun 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is the worst one yet. The writing seemed very amateurish to me; the book did not engage me, and yet again, she indulges in the annoying habit of providing just a bit of forboding information about Konrad Sejer, but I guess I'd have to read the next novel to know where that goes. If I can get it for $1.99 on my Kindle, like I did with this one, I might do it; otherwise, forget it. I'm off to find other Scandinavian crime authors who can better hold my interest.
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum tells the story of three friends who make a bad choice and a drunken moment and whose lives unravel as a result. The book begins with the suicide of one of the three young men while the other two watch and then decide to wait a day to report his suicide. They have a secret which is the mystery of this book. But the real story is not the solution of the mystery but the effect the wrong choice has on the friends and those around them.

The book is part of the Sejer/Ska
Sharon Huether
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, crime
Two teenage boys missing. Their bodies found in different lakes in Norway.
The guilty ones began to lack trust in each other. Then the stronger one turns on the weaker one.
Alex and Riley were caught using DNA from what was found in their car.
The mothers of the two dead boys, banded together in their grief, trying to understand what happened.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
When an institutionalized young man, suffering from a nervous condition, is found at the bottom of Dead Water lake after a night camping out with 2 of his friends, a verdict of suicide, is released. However, Inspector Sejer is not convinced that foul play didn't have a hand in his death, despite evidence to the contrary. There's just something about the way he died, and the statements made by the man's therapist and girlfriend, which didn't seem to indicate he was in the frame of mind to do away ...more
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bad Intentions, by Karen Fossum, is the latest in the Det. Konrad Sejer series to be translated into English from its original Norwegian. While the short novel is easily readable and quite a page turner, it is also easy to find faults with.

Axel, Reilly, and Jon have been best friends since childhood. Axel and Reilly checked Jon out of a mental institution for a weekend getaway. The three friends are ravaged by guilt over an incident that continues to haunt them. Over the weekend, tragedy strikes
Lukasz Pruski
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
"It might be good to let yourself sink, he thought, stop the fear flowing through your body for good. An explosion in his head, a burning sensation in his lungs and it would be all over."

I am very sad as I have just read the third Karin Fossum's book in a row that I really do not like that much. About two months ago I was singing utter praise for the Norwegian author and in my review of Hell Fire I even wrote " Of hundreds of authors [...] that I have read in over 50 years, Ms. Fossum joins on
Abbie Hardley
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best Inspector Sejer book I've read. A little predictable and not enough focus on the characters of Sejer and Skarre, which is what I've enjoyed most about this series.
This won't stop me from continuing with the next few books, but I hope to see a return to the character dynamics of Karin Fossum's earlier books.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This very dark novel takes place in Norway and although it presents as a mystery, it is more an exploration of guilt, passivity and responsibility. A good book but so depressing that I can not in good faith recommend it.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Good writing but a bit creepy. I like the main inspector Sejer.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A shorter book than most of Fossum's novels, this is also a simpler one in terms of the unraveling of the crime, but its portrayal of character is every bit as deep and engrossing.

Jon, one of three friends, commits suicide in front of the other two, who conspire to lie about the circumstances of the death, thereby arousing the suspicions of Inspector Sejer that this could be a murder case. Why they should do so, and why Jon committed suicide, is something that unfolds before us for the rest of t
Marc Nash
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This was my first exposure to Fossum and I was disappointed (especially when I went on to read another of her books which was fabulous).

This all just seems undercooked, not least her detectives who are so far back in the plot as to barely leave a trace as they get to the bottom of why a boy jumps out of a rowing boat in the middle of a freezing Norwegian Lake and plunges to his death while three friends in the boat look on. Fossum is always far more concerned with the impact of a death on other
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another Karin Fossum book I have enjoyed reading. This is a relatively short book in the Skarre/Sejer series. A realistic and uncomplicated story, but it still keeps you engaged and hooked, as a good story should. Three young friends meet up in a cabin for the weekend and one has been granted weekend release from a psychiatric hospital. He is suffering from major anxiety and is clearly a troubled soul. He and his friends take a boat out on the lake late at night and he jumps into the water and d ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I have read past Inspector Sejer books and he has been a primary figure in those books. This book is unlike her previous books in that Sejer is barely featured. The book is told largely from the perspective of one of three life long friends who, it is made clear, have committed a criminal act together. The exact nature of the act, although hinted at, is not known until the end of the book. The book is more of a study in guilt than detection. What seems least believable about the book, largely be ...more
Stephanie Wolf
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
A young man is found dead. Everyone saw it as a suicide, except two others knew it wasn’t, and they weren’t about to tell.

Inspector Sejer is very good at his job, he should be, he has been at it for years. So when he is called to this scene to investigate, something just doesn’t sit right. The more the inspector and his assistant, Jacob Skarre, dig into the mans past, the more it just confirms his suspicion. Talking to those who knew him and searching through his past, Inspector Sejer is determi
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, nordic-noir
Karin Fossum writes a gentle psychological mystery centering on two young men covering up a crime. There is no violence or bloodshed. Just a dominate personality, Axel and a weaker one Reilly . Detective Sejer takes a back seat to the two men knowing he can play with the weaker one. Nice insight to a personality with no conscience and huge ego and ambition juxtaposed with a weak drug addicted man ravaged with guilt.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found this book dumped in the share area of my apartment building, next to the trash and thought, why not try it out. It's sort of a detective novel about something that didn't really have to be a mystery. It was boring but it sounded literary so I tried to give it a go. Months later, I've hardly read any of it and realize I should just give up.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Somewhat predictable, but suspenseful anyway. The relationships between the female characters (Molly and the night nurse, the two moms) were more interesting than the relationship between the three friends. And Sejer seemed absent for much of the story; there wasn't a lot of detecting for him to do. Not my favorite of the series.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-i-read
Well, I read. Read it easily, read it quickly. Short, pointed sentences. Descriptive. Not annoying tell, tell, tell. Norwegian. The eerie mystery was interesting as was all the pieces not having to be ostentatiously pulled together in the end like ta da. But still, when the characters aren't likable, it's hard to feel warm.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Not so much a police procedural, this was character study with a psychological slant on the motivations and machinations behind guilt and the resulting actions to maintain innocence of wrong doing. I read with fascination as events spiraled out of control.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries

A very different type of a mystery from a translation of a mystery writer from Norway. It starts with a suicide and eventually also has a murder, that had already happened,to be solved. It shows what guilt can do to some people and not to others!!!!!
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can never go wrong with Karin Fossum. :-) Looking forward to reading the next one!
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Getting caught up on this series - Norwegian detective - Inspector Sejer. This one is good! Perfect beach read!
Hans Brienesse
A good read not in the traditional crime sense rather an exploration of minds when the consequences of actions finally surface. Recommended reading. 4 1/2 stars
Eden Thompson
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This is the ninth Inspector Sejer novel in the series from Karin Fossum. It's another involving story of the repercussions of a crime, told with insight and great characters, but for me there was little tension or suspense.

"From the outside everything looks fine...but it's rotten to the core. It's often the way."
Three childhood friends visit a forest cabin by a deep lake called Dead Water. Jon has been released from his stay at a mental hospita
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Early one September three friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake. With only a pale moon to light their way, they row across the water in the middle of the night. But only two of them return, and they make a pact not to call for help until the following morning.
Inspector Sejer leads the investigation when the body is discovered. He is troubled by the apparent suicide and has an overwhelming sense that the surviving pair has something to hide. Weeks pass without further clu
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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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