Black Seconds by Karin Fossum


So this book was pretty good too. It is written by a Norwegian author and then translated into English. I picked it up, again, because I thought the cover was beautiful and the blurb piqued my interest. It is sixth in the list of novels featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and his sidekick Skarre. I didn’t know that when I bought it of course.

I started reading it and it drew me in so fast, I didn’t know what was happening. It was addictive and my emotions were in an upheaval. The story starts with the supposed kidnapping of a child which then turns into a murder. Enter Inspector Sejer. A man as persistent as a bulldog.

I loved how this book featured this mentally challenged character. A simpleton who couldn’t even function in society without aid. I cant say much about this book without spoiling the joy of reading it and I wouldn’t want to do that. So anyone who hasn’t read the book, stop here. Read no further. Suffice is to say that Karin Fossum does a brilliant job. I suggest this book to anyone who loves a good thriller with a twist ending. Brilliant.


It was the sort of book a person couldn’t classify until they were done. At one point it seems like a psychological thriller where the mentally disturbed character would be revealed to be the killer. By the end though it is most definitely a suspense thriller and no more. The best thing I loved about this book was the ending. It was brilliant. The way the author slowly and steadily chipped through the story like a sculptor sculpts a marble, all the way to the conclusion where the story leaves you astounded because the conclusion the entire story was leading up to was a false one! It was not only heartwarming book but a bloody good suspense thriller. It was as thrilling as any Agatha Christie novel, if not better.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s