I Can See in the Dark, Paperback Book

I Can See in the Dark Paperback

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Riktor doesn't like the way the policeman comes straight into the house without knocking.

He doesn't like the arrogant way he observes his home.The policeman doesn't tell him why he's there, and Riktor doesn't ask. Because he knows he's guilty of a terrible crime. But it turns out that the policeman isn't looking for a missing person.

He is accusing Riktor of something totally unexpected.

Riktor doesn't have a clear conscience, but this is a crime he certainly didn't commit.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781846556135

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If you have a loved one in a nursing home, this certainly might make you wonder what motivates the people who work there.Riktor nurses the elderly. That is his speciality. He says he wants to bring something special to their last days. But it isn't the milk of human kindness that flows through his veins, but a very nasty sadistic streak, that is finally his undoing.I CAN SEE IN THE DARK is told from Riktor's point of view. Because of his appearance he has been an outsider all of his life and it seems not even his mother really loved him. He lives on his own, and has no friends, although occasionally he thinks he would like a woman in his life.But then he comes up against a policeman who says he can smell a crime.An engrossing read, well up with Karin Fossum's best.

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I had been looking forward to reading this latest book from Norway's Karin Fossum, a favourite author of mine. Yet 30, 40 pages in I wasn't sure if I was liking it; but that was to change, and by book's end I can confidently say I thought it as good as her best, and that says something. Why the indecision, the doubts early on, you might ask? Well, it had to do I think in this instance with Fossum's particular style and approach: the book seemed slow to start, I wasn't sure where it was going, it didn't seem that much was happening. It is told in the first person from the point of view of the principal character, Riktor. You are privy to his thoughts and actions, he is a person who you are unsure of, whose stability and mental state you begin to wonder about, for right or wrong I won't say. Riktor works in a nursing home, where he is charged with the care and welfare of the patients. He has no real friends, finds friendships difficult in fact even if he very much craves friendship, a relationship even. But he seems somewhat removed from reality in many ways, and this trait together with other character flaws will have you turning the pages ever so keen to discover where the story is going.Rest assured there is a suspicious death and a missing person to mark this book out as a crime novel, one which also has its surprises I should add. But it is probably better described as a psychological suspense story, a riveting and intriguing one at that. Fossum is brilliant in how she constructs and tells a story. She is so very different from other writers in this, she is more concerned with the psychology, the traits of individuals, the why rather than the how. Her stories are not so much about crime as they are about tragedy. The guilty, such as they may be, may not necessarily be bad people so much as disaffected, disturbed, or merely unfortunate and victims of circumstance. I have always been left pondering a Fossum story long after having read it. This was no different in that respect. You can get no better recommendation than that.This book was first published in Norway in 2011, with the English translation appearing in 2013. Should you not have already worked it out, this book does not form part of the fabulous Inspector Konrad Sejer series, which first appeared in 1995 and includes ten titles in translation.

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