The Drowned Boy

The Drowned Boy

Book - 2015
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"A 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."--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544483965
0544483960
Branch Call Number: MF FOSSUM, KARIN
Characteristics: ix, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dickson, Kari

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htliang
Apr 04, 2016

Tommy, a 16-month-old boy with Down's syndrome, dies from an apparent drowning. Was this just a tragic accident or does the calm, composed, self-absorbed, shallow-minded mother have something to hide? Chief Inspector Sejer is haunted and frustrated by this case; he wants to ensure justice for Tommy but finds it increasingly difficult to break the mother's story.
This book is an unhurried police procedural. Good character development delivers a "slow-burn" that makes you want to find out the truth. My chief complaint is the final paragraph. An author has the privilege of taking a story anywhere he or she wants, but I think the last paragraph in this novel is unrealistic.

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csut2
Dec 05, 2015

Wsj 2015
wsj nolan best 2015

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Timmers75
Nov 28, 2015

Alternately like watching paint dry and watching someone picking a scab. With a touch of absurdity thrown in for good measure.

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