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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.

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

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  • Faye
  • Castlemaine, Australia
  • 03-05-12

Another chilling Norwegian thriller

Would you listen to The Water's Edge again? Why?

Probably not as I now know how the crimes occurred

What other book might you compare The Water's Edge to and why?

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.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

Well read and paced.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • fenella
  • 10-10-14

count not stop listening

Would you consider the audio edition of The Water's Edge to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book, only listened to it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Water's Edge?

The last word

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The last scene

Any additional comments?

This book builds carefully up to the most unexpected ending - brilliant depiction of characters and moods. Very different from other Scandi thrillers. Excellent

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  • mcsmall
  • 12-11-17

Great Nordic Noir

A disturbing and well written story with good psychological insights into the perpetrator and the couple who are key witnesses.
It's also refreshing to have police officers who do not conform to stereotype.
As always, David Rintoul narrates with clarity and feeling.

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  • bronwyn
  • 08-14-17

Difficult subject matter, leaves you disquieted.

Read for a book Club, good quality narration, normally I would not have finished it.

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  • Helen Esdaile
  • 08-05-17

A difficult read

I endured this to the end but wish I hadn't. I was hopeful of a twist or something interesting but it didnt come. Ii found the narrator hard to listen to. He seemed to have the wrong style for this book. The detectives were bored and sounded so similar I didn't know, or care, which was which.
There is noone likeable in this story and I need to like at least one person, or feel compassion. I felt nothing. This book will not stay in my memory long.