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.
This is the tenth book about Inspector Sejer.
Karin Fossums latest novel is a strong and good psychological thriller. I would not be surprised if it would be turned into a movie.
Again there is high quality tension and suspence.
It is exciting to read about how the people in the small town change, how their lives fall to pieces after Johnnys cruel jokes. A psychothriller that almost stays on the outside of the cruel details of murder so typical of Nordic Crime.
MAGAZINE AM WOCHENDE, Germany
Karin Fossums novels always gives us remarkable psychological studies of the perpetrator and victim. Once again she writes us in an impressive way how the hurtful subtle danger invades the seemingly ideal environment. Her books are through and through worth reading.
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