Broken by Karin Fossum is a
highly inventive mystery. If you enjoy
reading something a bit different, it should intrigue you. A lone woman looks out her window in the
night, she sees people standing outside her house, an old man, a woman
clutching a baby, and many others, all standing and waiting. “They are patient, their heads are bowed,
they are waiting for their stories to be told, and it is I who will tell them –
I am the author.” This time things are
different, when the woman goes to bed, she hears the sound of someone breaking
into her house. She lies paralyzed by fear in the quiet of her bedroom. Up the
stairs comes one of the men she watched standing outside, he has jumped the
queue, desperately eager for his story to be told. As the author creates a world for her
character, he becomes more and more real to the reader. Chapters are interspersed where the
character, Alvar Eade, and author converse.
Alvar, is a good man, pleased with his career in an art gallery and his
apartment within easy walking distance of the town. Perhaps he has not fully understood the
import of the type of fiction our author writes, for she is an author of crime
novels and something upsetting is sure to come his way. Karin Fossum is an
award winning Norwegian author; this is a lively, interesting step outside her
popular Inspector Konrad Sejer series.
About the Author
KARIN FOSSUM is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series. Her recent honors include a Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller. She lives in Norway.