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The Caller | [Karin Fossum]

The Caller

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Karin Fossum (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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    Paul Bloomington, IN, United States 11-23-11
    Paul Bloomington, IN, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Good listen!"

    This is the second book of Karin Fossum that I've read. The first one was Broken, which I read in printed form and LOVED. This one isn't as successful as that, in my view, but I still liked it a lot. Fossum is a Norwegian author, but not as "dark" as Jo Nesb?? or as the Swedish Stieg Larsson. Some interesting plot twists, and the narration is quite good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-05-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2007

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Grim and gripping"

    For such short book, Fossum delivers dark and intense detail, engaging characters and a great Norwegian setting. This is not a volume to select if you are looking for an uplifting read, but it is hard to stop listening. I shall definitely be looking for more of Fossum's work. The narrator was very good as well, although I prefer the current trend of Brits narrating the Scandinavian mysteries, but Rintoul does an excellent job of differentiating the characters without detracting from the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy San Diego, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Nancy San Diego, CA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Suspense in the Norwegian woods!"

    I chose The Caller because it received an excellent review in the Los Angeles Times, and it was well-deserved. I listen to my audiobooks while I walk every morning, and I could hardly wait for the next day to continue listening. Now I am disappointed that there are no more titles available on Audible. The Caller is enjoyable for its unusual plot, well-drawn characters, and details of life in what seemed to be an ordinary Norwegian town, with suburban housing tracts surrounded by farms and woods.

    I hope that Audible adds more titles by Karin Fossum, and soon!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Shiner, TX, United States 04-07-12
    Jane Shiner, TX, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Caller again? Why?

    Yes. The story is compelling.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    His voice, British accent & the dramatic emphasis on certain sentences.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware the karma of revenge.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 06-12-13
    Librarian OK, USA 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Peculiarly Norwegian? Or Universal?"
    Would you listen to The Caller again? Why?

    Yes. I need to listen again to catch all the nuances of Fossum's finely crafted storylines and characters. Her story is peopled with people I recognize. The couple with the baby who were shocked out of their complacency live in my small town. As the crimes build in complexity so does the evolvement of the very formal and shrewd Inspector Sejer.

    Fossum may be described as Norway's Queen of Dark but I find her stories less "dark" than thoughtful. She tells a cautionary mystery without dipping to modern explicitness or grossness.

    I read "Don't Look Back" and prefer the excellent voice of David Rintoul.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 08-24-12
    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2008

    bella jackson

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    "Dark Sad Story"

    This is not really a mystery but the story of a severely dysfunctional family where events spiral downward thru mischief and chance. It certainly supports the domino theory. I did like the main character but he was so repressed he became a danger to himself and the world he lived in. Very Creative as the book travels in a circle and ends with the old saying "what goes around comes around".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry Muir Yallingup, WA, Au 03-05-13
    Kerry Muir Yallingup, WA, Au 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired book tragic - audio or written word!

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    "Really different crime story"

    None of the characters were stereotypical. The policemen, the instigator/criminal, the victims and even the crimes themselves were all unexpected. Karin Fossum's stories are always a wonderful way to spend your time - either reading or listening.

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    Sara Allen 07-09-12
    Sara Allen 07-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Fossum's Best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Karin Fossum is an excellent writer, and I am a big fan, but this book doesn't measure up to her best. It is very, very dark, and sad. Her previous books are slightly dark, and not very sad. This went over the edge to me, and I just wanted to finish it.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    David Rintoul has a lovely deep and resonant voice. He carries the listener along.


    Any additional comments?

    Inspector Sejer is a favorite protagonist, but his ruminations don't get enough room in this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle Shaker Heights, OH, United States 06-26-12
    Noelle Shaker Heights, OH, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "not on par with other "scandinavian" mysteries"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, this was not on par with some of the other Scandinavian mysteries such as Mankell, Lackberg, and Nesbo.


    What was most disappointing about Karin Fossum’s story?

    Story and characters seemed shallow with the book more as a series of unpleasant episodes. It was hard to care about any of the characters and there was never any payoff to the story. At least it was short.


    Any additional comments?

    too bad audible doesn't offer versions Fossum's other novels since it seems like this isn't as good as her others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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