Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In the Darkness by Karin Fossum

Eva Magnus and her young daughter, Emma, are out walking by the river when they find a man's body floating in it.  Eva tells Emma that she has called the police, but the reader knows that she called her father instead about nothing important.  Why did she lie?  Meanwhile, someone else does notify the authorities and Inspector Konrad Sejer is placed in charge of the case.  The dead man turns out to be Egil Einarsson, who has been missing for six months.  He disappeared at about the same time a woman named Maja Durban was murdered. Sejer and his colleagues wonder if there's a connection.  Sejer also believes that Eva is not being truthful about her relationships to both of the cases, but will he be able to outwit her to get to the bottom of what actually happened?  In the Darkness is the first book in the Konrad Sejer series, and has finally been translated into English. Eight of the other books in the series have been translated previously, so it's nice to see where the series started.  In the first half of the mystery, the reader gets details about Sejer and his team, unlike the most recent books in the series, which focus more on the characters involved in the crime.  The second half of the book focuses on Eva and her role.  I really enjoyed seeing the story and the mystery unfold. It will be published in the U.S. this summer under the title Eva's Eye.

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