Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum

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Translated from the Norwegian by Charlotte Braslund. Vintage Books, 2011. First published with the title Den onde vilgen in 2008 by J. W. Cappelens Forlag AS, Oslo. First published in Great Britain in 2010 by Harvill Secker. 186 pages. ISBN: 978-0-099-53584-3.

Three young men, childhood friends, are spending a weekend in a cabin near a lake, commonly known as Dead Water Lake. Axel Frimann, Philip Reilly and Jon Moreno. It is almost midnight when someone suggests to take a trip on the lake. Suddenly, Jon falls overboard, he can’t swim, but neither Axel nor Philip make an effort to help him. The morning after, they invent a story suggesting that Jon killed himself while they were sleeping. After all Jon has been hospitalized for depression. Inspectors Sejer and Skarre are assigned to the case. They suspect that the both survivors have something to hide, but have no evidence. Days later, the body of another teenager appears floating on the surface of another lake.

Bad intentions is a disturbing and intense psychological thriller. The argument revolves around the feelings of guilt, bad conscience and remorse. The plot is intelligent and is well developed. There are also some very attractive female characters. It is not Fossum at her very best but it is certainly a worthwhile read if somewhat gloomy. You can read it as a standalone book.

Karin Fossum, often known as the “Norwegian queen of crime”, made her literary debut with a collection of poetry in 1974, she was awarded with the Tarjei Vesaas’ Debutant Prize. Later she has written another book of poetry and two short story collections. Today she is internationally renowned for her crime fiction series featuring Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre. She won the Glass Key Award for Don’t Look Back, which also won the Riverton Prize, and Calling Out For You was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger in 2005. Bad Intentions is the seventh book available in English but, actually, it is number nine in the series. The last one in the series, The Caller (Varsleren), is already available in English.

Bad intentions has been reviewed by Kimbofo at Reading Matters, Karen at Euro Crime, Norman at Crime Scraps, Peter at Bookblog, Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, Maxine at Petrona.

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Malas intenciones de Karin Fossum

Tres muchachos jóvenes, amigos de la infancia, están pasando un fin de semana en una cabaña cerca de un lago, comúnmente conocido como el lago Dead Water. Axel Frimann, Philip Reilly y Jon Moreno. Es casi media noche cuando alguien sugiere dar un paseo por el lago. De repente, Jon cae por la borda, no sabe nadar, pero ni Axel ni Philip hacen un esfuerzo por ayudarle. A la mañana siguiente, se inventan una historia que sugiere que Jon se quitó la vida mientras ellos dormían. Después de todo Jon ha estado hospitalizado por depresión. Los inspectores Sejer y Skarre se hacen cargo del caso. Sospechan que los dos sobrevivientes tienen algo que ocultar, pero no tienen pruebas. Días después, el cuerpo de otra adolescente aparece flotando en la superficie de otro lago.

Bad Intentions es un thriller psicológico inquietante e intenso. El argumento gira en torno a los sentimientos de culpa, la mala conciencia y los remordimientos. La trama es inteligente y está bien desarrollada. También tiene algunos personajes femeninos muy atractivos. No es Fossum en su mejor momento, pero sin duda es una lectura muy recomendable aunque algo sombría. Se puede leer como un libro independiente.

Karin Fossum, es conocida como “la reina noruega del crimen”. Debutó en 1974 con una colección de poesía que fue galardonada con el Premio Tarjei Vesaas’ Debutant. Más adelante escribió otro libro de poesía y dos colecciones de relatos cortos. Hoy es conocida internacionalmente por la serie de novelas de suspense e intriga protagonizadas por los inspectores Konrad Sejer y Jacob Skarre. Ganó el premio Glass Key por No mires atrás, que también fue galardonada con el Premio Riverton, y Una mujer en tu camino fue seleccionada por la CWA para la Gold Dagger en el 2005. Bad Intentions es la séptima novela en Inglés, pero, en realidad, es la novena de la serie. La última, The Caller (Varsleren), ya está disponible en Inglés.

Más información sobre Karin Fossum en Mis detectives favorit@s.

5 thoughts on “Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum”

  1. José Ignacio – Thanks for this fine review. I always like it when an author’s standalones are as well-crafted as her or his series are. Even though you did not see this as Fossum at her very best, I always have respect for authors who branch out like that into standalones.

  2. Nice review as ever, Jose Ignacio. I must say the title of the book in Spanish seems so much more appropriate and sinister than the English title! Although I enjoyed this gloomy book, like you I think this is not one of her best. I’ve just finished her next one, The Caller, which I found a huge amount better.

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