One mild summer evening Lily and her husband are enjoying a meal while their baby daughter sleeps peacefully in her pram beneath a maple tree. But when Lily steps outside she is paralysed with terror. The child is bathed in blood. Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to meet the family. Mercifully, the baby is unharmed, but her parents are deeply shaken, and Sejer spends the evening trying to comprehend why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank. Then, just before midnight, somebody rings his doorbell.
The corridor is empty, but the caller has left a small grey envelope on the mat. From his living room window, the inspector watches a figure slip across the car park and disappear into the darkness. Inside the envelope Sejer finds a postcard bearing a short message: Hell begins now.
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This is the second book of Karin Fossum that I've read. The first one was Broken, which I read in printed form and LOVED. This one isn't as successful as that, in my view, but I still liked it a lot. Fossum is a Norwegian author, but not as "dark" as Jo Nesb?? or as the Swedish Stieg Larsson. Some interesting plot twists, and the narration is quite good.
"Grim and gripping"
For such short book, Fossum delivers dark and intense detail, engaging characters and a great Norwegian setting. This is not a volume to select if you are looking for an uplifting read, but it is hard to stop listening. I shall definitely be looking for more of Fossum's work. The narrator was very good as well, although I prefer the current trend of Brits narrating the Scandinavian mysteries, but Rintoul does an excellent job of differentiating the characters without detracting from the story.
"Suspense in the Norwegian woods!"
I chose The Caller because it received an excellent review in the Los Angeles Times, and it was well-deserved. I listen to my audiobooks while I walk every morning, and I could hardly wait for the next day to continue listening. Now I am disappointed that there are no more titles available on Audible. The Caller is enjoyable for its unusual plot, well-drawn characters, and details of life in what seemed to be an ordinary Norwegian town, with suburban housing tracts surrounded by farms and woods.
I hope that Audible adds more titles by Karin Fossum, and soon!
"Another good narrator!"
Yes. The story is compelling.
His voice, British accent & the dramatic emphasis on certain sentences.
Beware the karma of revenge.
"Peculiarly Norwegian? Or Universal?"
Yes. I need to listen again to catch all the nuances of Fossum's finely crafted storylines and characters. Her story is peopled with people I recognize. The couple with the baby who were shocked out of their complacency live in my small town. As the crimes build in complexity so does the evolvement of the very formal and shrewd Inspector Sejer.
Fossum may be described as Norway's Queen of Dark but I find her stories less "dark" than thoughtful. She tells a cautionary mystery without dipping to modern explicitness or grossness.
I read "Don't Look Back" and prefer the excellent voice of David Rintoul.
"Dark Sad Story"
This is not really a mystery but the story of a severely dysfunctional family where events spiral downward thru mischief and chance. It certainly supports the domino theory. I did like the main character but he was so repressed he became a danger to himself and the world he lived in. Very Creative as the book travels in a circle and ends with the old saying "what goes around comes around".
"Really different crime story"
None of the characters were stereotypical. The policemen, the instigator/criminal, the victims and even the crimes themselves were all unexpected. Karin Fossum's stories are always a wonderful way to spend your time - either reading or listening.
"Not Fossum's Best"
Karin Fossum is an excellent writer, and I am a big fan, but this book doesn't measure up to her best. It is very, very dark, and sad. Her previous books are slightly dark, and not very sad. This went over the edge to me, and I just wanted to finish it.
David Rintoul has a lovely deep and resonant voice. He carries the listener along.
Inspector Sejer is a favorite protagonist, but his ruminations don't get enough room in this story.
"just not good enough…"
just about everything…style of writing, plot, depth of characters…
could not really say, i did not like his screaming when performing the Jona boy
thought more of changing the whole book
Mrs Fossum should go back doing whet she used to before writing.
"not on par with other "scandinavian" mysteries"
No, this was not on par with some of the other Scandinavian mysteries such as Mankell, Lackberg, and Nesbo.
Story and characters seemed shallow with the book more as a series of unpleasant episodes. It was hard to care about any of the characters and there was never any payoff to the story. At least it was short.
too bad audible doesn't offer versions Fossum's other novels since it seems like this isn't as good as her others.
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