The Water's Edge, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A couple out walking in the woods discover the dead body of a half-naked boy.

To Kristine's horror her husband begins to take photographs of the corpse on his mobile phone, but this proves only the beginning of his obsession with the case.

Inspector Sejer is called to the scene but he can find no immediate cause of death. And who was the agitated man the couple saw moments before their discovery?

Then, a second boy goes missing, and the once peaceful community is left deeply shaken.

Is there a killer within their midst?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099555049



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Intelligent, literate crime fiction that doesn't try to mug the reader or sensationalise the subject matter.

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Fossum returns to the dangers of childhood in this story of missing children, two boys, one frail, found dead in the forest, one obese, not found at all. Again, the reader knows a little more than the detective for most of the book, and so the plot is more about how Sejer comes to know the truth, at least in the first case. The second is sadder, simpler, but in some ways just as horrible.Along the way we meet two mothers who handle their despair in entirely different ways, a husband and wife deeply affected by their participation as witnesses, and the fears in a community when children are lost.

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