25 September 2013

Review: I CAN SEE IN THE DARK, Karin Fossum

  • Published by Harvill Secker 2013
  • translated by James Anderson from Norwegian
  • ISBN 978-1-846-55613-5
  • 250 pages
  • library book
Synopsis (Random House Australia)

A brilliant stand-alone crime novel from Norway's queen of crime.

Riktor doesn't like the way the policeman comes straight into the house without knocking. He doesn't like the arrogant way he observes his home.The policeman doesn't tell him why he's there, and Riktor doesn't ask. Because he knows he's guilty of a terrible crime.

But it turns out that the policeman isn't looking for a missing person. He is accusing Riktor of something totally unexpected. Riktor doesn't have a clear conscience, but this is a crime he certainly didn't commit.

My Take

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, this certainly might make you wonder what motivates the people who work there.

Riktor nurses the elderly. That is his speciality. He says he wants to bring something special to their last days. But it isn't the milk of human kindness that flows through his veins, but a very nasty sadistic streak, that is finally his undoing.

I CAN SEE IN THE DARK is told from Riktor's point of view. Because of his appearance he has been an outsider all of his life and it seems not even his mother really loved him. He lives on his own, and has no friends, although occasionally he thinks he would like a woman in his life.

But then he comes up against a policeman who says he can smell a crime.

An engrossing read, well up with Karin Fossum's best.

My rating: 4.7

Other reviews to check
Other Karin Fossum titles I've reviewed

BLACK SECONDS
BROKEN
THE WATER'S EDGE
4.9, BAD INTENTIONS
5.0, THE CALLER

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, this most definitely sounds like a keeper, Kerrie. I'll have to check it out.

Irene said...

My mom passed away last Dec. but she was in a nursing home for the last four years of her life, I'm not sure I could have read this then, but I'm getting it now.

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