Walking through the woods one warm September day, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris pass a man who is in a state of agitation. Unusually in a small town, he does not return Kristine’s smile and drives off in a hurry. Near the end of their walk they make a terrible discovery: lying in a cluster of trees is the lifeless body of a young boy. It is a moment that will change their lives for ever.
Inspector Sejer is called to the scene, but can find no immediate cause of death. As the weeks go by, the appeal for the man seen in the woods to come forward remains unanswered. A once peaceful community is deeply shaken and the children lose the sense of complete freedom they had enjoyed. Then a second boy goes missing.
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Another chilling Norwegian thriller
Probably not as I now know how the crimes occurred
Like Karin Fossum's other novels this novel takes place in a small regional town in Norway, where a sexual assault and death of a young boy in the woods, then the disappearance of a second boy are investigated by police team Sejer and Skarre. A more chilling crime than most it makes many townsfolk rethink their attitudes to children and their security, and tests the endurance of their own relationships.
Well read and paced.