Carmen and Nicolai failed to resuscitate their son, Tommy, after finding him floating in their backyardpond. Read more...
Carmen and Nicolai failed to resuscitate their son, Tommy, after finding him floating in their backyardpond. When Inspector Skarre arrives on the scene, Carmen reports that Tommy, a healthy toddler with Down syndrome, wandered into the garden while Nicolai was working in the basement and she was cleaning the house. Skarre senses something is off with Carmen s story and consults his trusted colleague, the famed Inspector Sejer. An autopsy reveals Tommy s lungs to be full of soap.
When Sejer and Skarre revisit the couple, Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story, confessing that she d been knocked unconscious by aseizurewhile bathing Tommy. When she came to, she found him drowned in the tub and, horrified and frightened, threw him into the pond.
But Skarre and Sejer s doubtis not appeasedand the case is reopened. What more could Carmen be hiding? And what lengths will shetake to cover her guilt? As Carmen s own family starts to doubt her, Skarre and Sejer work to find the truth.
- ISBN-13: 9780544483965
- ISBN-10: 0544483960
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
- Publish Date: August 2015
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.21 x 0.91 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.91 pounds
Series: Inspector Sejer Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-08
- Reviewer: Staff
The drowning of 16-month-old Tommy Brandt sets the mournful tone for Fossum’s powerful and disturbing 11th Insp. Konrad Sejer mystery (after The Caller). Tommy’s hysterical mother, Carmen Zita, insists that the toddler wandered away from her on a hot day after she suffered an epileptic seizure; she later found his body in a pond near the house that she shares with the child’s reticent father, Nicolai. Sejer assumes at first that the drowning is just a tragic accident, but the mother’s odd demeanor—she’s so eager to move on—makes him suspect foul play. The subsequent autopsy proves that Tommy, who had Down syndrome but was otherwise healthy and happy, was indeed murdered. Fossum explores the aftershocks of the boy’s death for Carmen and Nicolai in a riveting tale that’s more psychological study than police procedural. (Aug.)