The Water's Edge (Konrad Sejer, #8) by Karin Fossum

The Water's Edge (Konrad Sejer, #8)

A married couple, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris, are out for a Sunday walk when they discover the body of a boy and see the figure of a man limping away. They alert the police, but not before Reinhardt, to Kristine’s horror, kneels down and takes photographs of the dead child with his cell phone. Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jakob Skarre begin to make inquiries in the little town of Solberglia. But then another boy disappears, and an explanation se...

Details The Water's Edge (Konrad Sejer, #8)

TitleThe Water's Edge (Konrad Sejer, #8)
Release DateJul 4th, 2009
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature

Reviews The Water's Edge (Konrad Sejer, #8)

  • Paul Bryant
    This is the third time it's happened in the last three months. Each time I swear I'll never do it again. But something comes over me. The first one was Finders Keepers – ah, so sweet, so compelling, its pages so fresh and yet so depraved. The next one was Hate List – yes, yes, young adult. And now this. I'm supposed to be reading David Mitchell! I may have to face the truth that I'm developing a.. problem ... with crime thrillers which take 4...
  • Judith
    I cannot rate this book. I cannot even tell if it is well written or not. I just kept wondering what the author was trying to do here. My guess is that she is trying to elicit sympathy for a disgusting pervert, but I may be wrong because I cannot be rational when the lead detective, Inspector Sejer, says things like he needs to be unbiased and that he cannot understand why gay men are accepted but pedophiles will always be hated and later on trie...
  • Ron Christiansen
    A good read but not my favorite of Fossum's. While an interesting exploration of the nature of pedophilia, often the dialog between Sejer and Skarre, the central detectives of the series, feels forced, created merely to further the philosophical debate about pedophilia. For example, "Why are they mainly men?" Skarre wondered."Well...I'm not expert but women are much better at initmacy and emotions than men. What we are dealing with here are men w...
  • June Ahern
    This was my first-time read of Karin Fossum and not my last. The Water's Edge can be a difficult story as it deals with child abduction and pedophilia. If this is a "no no" for you, do not read this book. Ms. Fossum uncovers the layers of her characters flaws, hopes and fears, one-by-one. In some ways the plot of kidnapping and murder highlights the psychology of most involved. I found that very interesting how between the action and results we s...
  • Lane
    I love Karin Fossum's books. (Full disclosure: my heritage is half Norwegian and I'm intrigued by the Skandinavian perspective.) They take the genre of murder mystery to a brilliant new level by focusing on the effects of the murder on all the different people involved instead of on figuring out whodunnit. So refreshing! With every new book Fossum explores a different dynamic, a different type of relationship and issue in society. In Water's Edge...
  • Tom
    A great detective mystery by a gifted writer. In all of Karim Fossum's novels she creates a story so realistic that terror, fear, and tension are created organically. Be sure to read any one of her novels. They are unforgettable!
  • Dave Riley
    The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum Karin FossumI think Karin Fossum is the most emotionally interesting of crime writers. She moves you and makes you think about our relationships to one another in our communities. Regional Norway becomes a crucible of the rest of our existence and what assumptions may rule our perceptions. Her stories aren't so much about Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jakob Skarre but about us. These coppers are mere conduits to con...
  • Rachel Hall
    The Water's Edge tackles the controversial topic of how suspicion in a small community can have very profound and very different consequences on all of those who it touches, and marked an impressive and intelligent first read from author, Karin Fossum. Although this is the eighth novel in the series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre, The Water's Edge works well as a standalone.During their regular Sunday afternoon walk as has beco...
  • Colin Mitchell
    A young boys body is found in some woodland closed to a lake. Insp Konrad Sojer takes up the case with his partner Skarre. The couple who found the body had seen a man near the entrance to the path and reported this to police. Unfortunately there the plot falls apart as the police appear to do nothing except philosophise about their feelings regarding the type of person who would sexually assault and kill a young boy. The couple who found the bod...
  • Lobstergirl
    This wasn't a bad book, but I think I'm done with the pedophiliac subgenre of police procedurals. Especially the ones where the author goes inside the perv's head and writes chapters from his perspective, as the perv inhales the delicious scent of the victim's tiny shorts - a combination of urine, seawater, and sweet apples. I read mysteries to escape from reality, not to dig around in rapists' heads.
  • Cherie
    Oh, I wasn't quite prepared for a creepy and sad story, nor the conversation about men who like little boys. I did admire how the information was presented though. This is my third Inspector Sejer story. I felt that the writing style was quite cold and stark at first, but I think it has to do more with the translation to English more than anything else. I am learning to care more for the Inspector and his partner Skarre with each book read. I was...
  • Agnes Muscoreil
    So happy to have Hoopla pick up several of Karin's books. Procedural police work descriptions are so honest in this tale of the search for the killer of a young boy by a pedophile. The study of the couple who found the body was a revelation on how little we can know about those we are with every day. Look forward to more of Karin.
  • Kathy
    not my favorite - definitely not a book to enjoy while on a hiking vacation in the mountains of California...a lot of psycho/creepy regarding children and psycho/immature adults - Had to finish as library loan period was looming and wished I could be reading another book I preferred!
  • Caroline
    If one didn't know better, one would assume from reading Fossum's crime mysteries, that murderers and paedophiles run amok in Norway. A couple, taking their weekly Sunday walk through Linde Forest, are brushed past by a man stumbling through the woods and later discover the body of a 7 year old boy under a tree, clad only in his t-shirt. The couple alert the police and provide a description of the man they saw as well as the car they saw him get ...
  • Allison
    So, I read these three mysteries at the same time. This was definitely the best of the three. The other two were horrible. Horrible writing, horrible story plot, gratuitous swearing-definetly not books I would recommend. They threw me off reading for a while-I was that disappointed. Anyway, this book was a decent mystery, probably not even in the good category, in the okay category. I think it seemed better than it really was because of the other...
  • Angie
    Fossum has created a small masterpiece in "The Water's Edge". The book is remarkably short. She manages to cram an incredible amount of what I shall call "emotional" information about her characters by telegraphing their actions and for the most part, their thoughts and speech. The longest paragraphs in the book involve, however, the grieving mothers talking about the two boys whose disappearances make up the supposed raison d'etre of the story. ...
  • Calzean
    Fossum has a thing about crimes against children and crimes committed by children. She also has a theme of children going missing and being picked up by nasty men, or by men who are different. Her books often have two crimes were at the end we find there has been two different perpetuators. So while this is an OK book, this series is becoming a bit formulaic.
  • Rebecca
    I began reading this Friday morning (I believe it will be a good book), but when I heard about the horrific events in CT had to put it down for a while as it is too close to real-life events.This book had a nice twist.
  • H. P. Reed
    One of this author's best.
  • Karen
    One of the things that I particularly love about really good crime fiction is the way that it highlights the human condition - warts and all. The thing I particularly love about Karin Fossum's books is the way that she explores the notion of the sad, the stupid, the moments in which things go awry. To my mind, there's something profoundly more sobering about the notion of momentary mistake or misjudgement - rather than the automatic presumption o...
  • Andrew Kunka
    This is my first Karin Fossum novel, and I found it to be a solid police procedural. The murder of a young boy impacts the lives of several citizens in a small town, most notably the couple who witness the killer leaving the scene. This is not a whodunit: the narrative focus jumps between the couple, the killer, detectives Sejer and Skarre, and others. Instead, we see the course of the investigation as it slowly develops over months. We also don'...
  •  EmmaLee Pryor
    This is a terrible book. I don't know if it missed something in the translation, but it spent way too much time trying to rationalize and make the reader feel sympathy for a child molestor! The parts from the molestor's POV are simply grotesque, and the speculations from Skarre are terrible. So what if the molestor feels he can't get help because he is too ashamed! Or they had a bad childhood and so do terrible things to other people! And I don't...
  • Andrea
    Review:(10/27/2009, 12:44 PM)One of my barometers for a great book is when I am finished I can’t stop thinking about the story or the characters. Karen Fossum’s “The Water’s Edge” meets that criteria and then some. Wonderfully written she drew me into the story dealing with a delicate subject of a child’s molestation and murder. As a mother I find this a very difficult subject to read about, but Fossum handles it tactfully as the stor...
  • Anssi
    Karin Fossum has an extraordinary talent for creating realistic crime stories, where solving the actual crime has a very small role compared to the psychology and relationships between people involved. In this one, she examines not only the lives of the criminal and the policemen, but also the victims and witnesses of the crime. I didn't like this one quite as much as some of her earlier books, which usually concentrate on just one or two people ...
  • Rachel
    I've been a big fan of Karin Fossum for a while, and this latest Detective Sejer novel does not disappoint. I've read other reviews that criticize Fossum's perceived sympathetic portrayal of paedophiles, but I disagree - Fossum is breathtakingly realistic, and her brief forays into the mind of a criminal are illuminating and interesting, rather than making excuses for the lowest of sexual deviants. Worth a read, especially considering how short i...
  • Kristen
    This was a very gripping story, wonderfully told. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The only downside was that it left me with too many unanswered questions! I don't want to pose those questions here, but if anyone else has read this book and would like to discuss with me... Overall, The Water's Edge was an excellent book and I'll be looking for more from Karin Fossum to add to my books-to-read list!
  • Christine
    This is the second Sejer novel that I have read. It’s nice to see that he got another dog. Sejer is called upon to solve the death of a young boy, discovered by a couple out walking. The focus isn’t so much on the mystery, but on the interior lives of those the death affects. There is also an interesting discussion about rape crimes.Crossposted at Booklikes