A Review of The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum

The Drowned Boy (Inspector Konrad Sejer #11)

by Karin Fossum

4,0This is another book with a disturbing subject. A 16 month-old toddler is found drowned in a pond. The boy had Down syndrome. Was it an accident?

Ms. Fossum does a great job with this difficult subject. She doesn’t let the story go too dark. She brushes up against the darkness, but never really crosses over. She lets you feel what the mother and father are feeling, but keeps them at a distance. The Drowned Boy will keep you engaged. It will make you question your own morality. What would you do?

I give The Drowned Boy 4 Stars out of 5. I like the way Ms. Fossum handles this. I intend to read more of her books.

Book Description

The Drowned Boy Karin FossumA new addition to the captivating Inspector Sejer series, the first since The Caller, from Norway’s finest crime writer

Carmen and Nicolai failed to resuscitate their son, Tommy, after finding him floating in their backyard pond. When Inspector Skarre arrives on the scene, Carmen reports that Tommy, a healthy toddler with Down syndrome, wandered into the garden while Nicolai was working in the basement and she was cleaning the house. Skarre senses something is off with Carmen’s story and consults his trusted colleague, the famed Inspector Sejer. An autopsy reveals Tommy’s lungs to be full of soap.

When Sejer and Skarre revisit the couple, Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story, confessing that she’d been knocked unconscious by a seizure while bathing Tommy. When she came to, she found him drowned in the tub and, horrified and frightened, threw him into the pond.

But Skarre and Sejer’s doubt is not appeased and the case is reopened. What more could Carmen be hiding? And what lengths will she take to cover her guilt? As Carmen’s own family starts to doubt her, Skarre and Sejer work to find the truth.

Book Details

Series: Inspector Sejer Mysteries
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (August 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544483960
ISBN-13: 978-0544483965
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

About the Author

FOSSUMKarin Fossum 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 translated into over 16 languages. She won the Glass key award for her novel “Don’t Look Back”, which also won the Riverton Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger in 2005 for “Calling Out For You”.


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