Hell Fire

Hell Fire

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"A gruesome tableau awaits Inspector Konrad Sejer in the oppressive summer heat: a woman and a young boy lay dead in a pool of blood near a dank camper. The details of the deaths of Bonnie Hayden and her five-year-old son Simon are mysterious. There is no sign of robbery or assault. Who would brutally stab a defenseless woman and her child? Sejer and his fellow investigator Jakob Skarre begin a hunt for the killer that will eventually lead them to a heartbreaking conclusion. In a parallel storyline, masterfully fused, Fossum tells the story of Mass Malthe and her troubled son Eddie as they navigate a relationship that some would call too close. Eddie constantly thinks about his unknown father -- someone his mother would rather forget. When long-held secrets are revealed, it turns out that Mass and Bonnie share more in common than Eddie could have ever guessed"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780544633377
Branch Call Number: MYS Fossum K
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dickson, Kari - Translator
Alternative Title: Helvetesilden. English


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Jul 03, 2017

Karin Fossum is a wonderful writer and I have read many of her books (all that I could find actually), but Hellfire though mesmerizing ends so sadly, it broke my heart.

Nov 09, 2016

Book 12 in the Inspector Sejer series

Nov 01, 2016

This intriguing psychological thriller is in many ways reminiscent of the psychological crime novels of Ruth Rendell. The interior landscapes that Karen Fossum paints, however, are more subtle: Her characters are less overtly creepy and thus even scarier. The Norsks populating Hell Fire are ordinary people whose lives are off track and whose tragic trajectories are unlikely to be righted. And yet we hope.

The author unfolds her parallel tales of mothers and sons deliberately, in a muted and thought-provoking way. No one in this book ever seems to jump up and down for joy, or scream with rage. The fury—the “hell fire?”—is repressed, or happens off the page.

In the end, Fossum allows Inspector Sejer to catch the culprit, but there is no celebration. No closure. No redemption. Only sadness and more sadness.

spl_merley Oct 29, 2016

I spent the summer exploring some new mystery writers and Karin Fossum’s Hellfire made it onto my list and I am so glad that it did. In this most recent installment of the Inspector Sejer mystery series Fossum weaves together the stories of several people including the victims of a brutal murder creating a compelling story that had my attention right to the end.

Fossum helped me to know the characters intimately which made me want to follow the threads of action back to that moment where tragedy happened so that, like Sejer, I could know what motivated the murderer. This book stings with the consequences of past choices and the little deceptions motivated by such noble things as maternal love and pulls it all together with a heart-wrenching conclusion. Although it can stand on its own I would enjoy going back and reading other books in the series.


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spl_merley Oct 29, 2016

Three stories slowly converge as Fossum moves us from Inspector Sejer’s murder investigation and back in time to meet 2 sets of mothers and sons whose relationships and connections are complicated and not without surprises. Fossum begins with the brutal murder of a mother and child in an abandoned camper trailer at the back of a farm sending Sejer and his partner searching for the motivation. The second story introduces a mother whose indulgent relationship with her adult son leaves her worried about how he will cope on his own - if he even can. Lastly is the tale of a mother making countless personal sacrifices to eke out a better life for her pre-school aged son. Although the story begins with the murder investigation the flashbacks help unpack Sejer’s investigation as the reader moves along the trajectory toward the impending crime.


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