Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum (Book Review)

Fossum, Karin. Don't Look Back. trans. by Felicity David. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2003.

This book opens with what appears to be a case of child abduction. Inspector Sejer is called to investigate. The reader will soon discover, however, that the book is more about what the child saw during the hours she was gone. This book is not quite as tense of an atmosphere as many Scandinavian crime novels, but there are some literary elements in the puzzle, particularly in reflecting on the past of the characters, that will keep readers pondering the book. I enjoyed the mystery, but I did miss the darker atmosphere that I've come to expect in Scandinavian mysteries. 3.5 stars.

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