The Caller

Written by:
Karin Fossum
Narrated by:
David Rintoul

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2011
7 hours 10 minutes
One summer evening Lily and her husband are enjoying a meal while their baby daughter sleeps peacefully in her pram beneath a maple tree. But then Lily steps outside to find her baby soaked in blood.

The distraught parents rush to the hospital where they discover that she is unharmed. Inspector Sejer is called in and spends the evening trying to comprehend why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank. Then, just before midnight, somebody rings his doorbell.

The corridor is empty, but the caller has left a small grey envelope on the mat. Inside it, Sejer finds a postcard bearing a short message: Hell begins now...
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Dey L.

Karin Fossum is a writer to be reckoned with. Yes, I'm becoming one of those people who really appreciates Swedish writers - BECAUSE they give the reader an opportunity to think; to engage in the book. The Caller is mystery, suspense, and psychological mind exercise. If you read - just for the enjoyment - chances are you won't enjoy Fossum (or the Swedish writer). In this story - you know right from the beginning "who done it"...which is fine because that's not the focus/purpose of this book (or the writer - in my opinion). Like Hitchcock, The Caller examines the "human condition"...what makes us tick; are we all affected in the same way by the same action; are we greater than "the stuff" that happens outside our self (can we stay strong - even in times challenge)? Someone is pulling nasty pranks in the community - and although - these are pranks - the consequences are very serious. The mastery in the book is - not "would that affect me" - instead - "how can that affect me"..something as silly as a prank by a young kid. As the pranks escalate the reader realizes (at least I did) - how fragile "peace of mind" can be - if you give in. Some reviewers say the story moves slow - I won't disagree with that - however - I find that's the nature of this type of writing (Swedish authors in this genre). Still the story doesn't drag - it moves at a pace comparable to the story. Still it must be said - this is not the book you read (listen to) if you wanted to be uplifted, transported to a land of fiction, where people exciting, dynamic and have all sorts of situations based on sex, money and deceit. The Caller is book that calls to the reader to "think" .."How would you react". It's a good read (listen). peace

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