The Drowned Boy

The Drowned Boy

Book - 2015
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The first new Inspector Sejer novel since The Caller in 2011.
'He had just learnt to walk,' she said. 'He was playing on a blanket on the floor and then suddenly he was gone.'

She tried to dry her tears. She was only nineteen years old, though she somehow seemed younger.

'I know that it's my fault. You can tell me, I know what you're thinking. I should have kept an eye on him, but I was only away for a few minutes.'

A 16-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome is found naked and drowned in a pond right by his home. Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer is called to the scene as there is something troubling about the mother's story. As even her own family turns against her, Sejer is determined to get to the truth.
Publisher: London, Harvill Secker,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781846558542
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dickson, Kari - Translator

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marthajanelewis
Jul 17, 2018

I have read a LOT of mystery books and this was one of the most boring and unpleasant. i know the Scandinavian mysteries are often slow but usually they have some sympathetic or at least interesting characters. I cannot recommend this book. I skipped to the end after reading just a few chapters, which is something i almost never do.

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htliang
Apr 04, 2016

Tommy, a 16-month-old boy with Down's syndrome, dies from an apparent drowning. Was this just a tragic accident or does the calm, composed, self-absorbed, shallow-minded mother have something to hide? Chief Inspector Sejer is haunted and frustrated by this case; he wants to ensure justice for Tommy but finds it increasingly difficult to break the mother's story.
This book is an unhurried police procedural. Good character development delivers a "slow-burn" that makes you want to find out the truth. My chief complaint is the final paragraph. An author has the privilege of taking a story anywhere he or she wants, but I think the last paragraph in this novel is unrealistic.

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csut2
Dec 05, 2015

Wsj 2015
wsj nolan best 2015

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Timmers75
Nov 28, 2015

Alternately like watching paint dry and watching someone picking a scab. With a touch of absurdity thrown in for good measure.

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Jul 17, 2018

marthajanelewis thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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