Inspector Sejer must track down a sinister figure who fled from the scene of a terrible crime
Walking through the woods one warm September day, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris pass a man who is in a state of agitation. Unusually in a small town, he does not return Kristine’s smile and drives off in a hurry. Near the end of their walk they make a terrible discovery: lying in a cluster of trees is the lifeless body of a young boy. It is a moment that will change their lives for ever.
Inspector Sejer is called to the scene, but can find no immediate cause of death. As the weeks go by, the appeal for the man seen in the woods to come forward remains unanswered. A once peaceful community is deeply shaken and the children lose the sense of complete freedom they had enjoyed. Then a second boy goes missing.
“As a portrait of a community possessed by suspicion, The Water's Edge can scarcely be bettered.”
Paul Binding, Independent
“It's heart-rending, sometimes cold, forensic writing; she pushes you into tight, uncomfortable corners. She's good.”
“If you're in search of an antidote to the in-your-face energy of American crime fiction, this quiet, slender, bracingly bleak tale could well be it”
John Dugdale, The Sunday Times