Bad student story time again: Remember that semester I’ve talked about before, where I thought it was be just an awesome idea to take a bunch of lit classes? The one where I didn’t pause to think about when exactly I would read all those books? Well, Don’t Look Back was one of the casualties from that semester. I didn’t even crack it open. It was so terrible of me, because it’s actually a pretty good book. Sorry, Professor Schmidt. You created such an awesome syllabus and I ignored it. I’ve learned my lesson now.
Don’t Look Back is an Inspector Sejer novel, second in a series of (so far) 12 books about a Norwegian detective. In this installment, Inspector Sejer is called to investigate a missing child. The child is soon found safe, but she mentions a nude woman by the lake at the top of a mountain, and thus begins the investigation into the murder of a teenage girl.
Everybody loved Annie – she babysat everyone’s children, she was kind to her neighbors, she athletic and beautiful and strong. Nobody would want to kill her… right? Nobody will give Inspector Sejer any insight into Annie’s life, aside from the fact that she was brilliant and perfect. Nobody, until her half-sister finally reveals some juicy details.
Inspector Sejer interrogates anybody he can find with any remote connection to Annie’s life. Fossum will have you thinking it was the boyfriend, it was the estranged father, it was the man down the road with Down syndrome, it was her coach, it was an unassuming neighbor… Twisty is the best word I can think of to describe this novel. Everybody loved Annie, it seems, but anybody could have had motive to kill her.
My only gripe is that this book ended far too quickly. I would have liked a little more discussion into the hows and whys rather than an announcement of the answer just pages before the end. Regardless, this was an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to mystery fans.
Final rating: ★★★☆☆ (more like 3.5, really)
For my 2015 reading challenge, I’m crossing off #25: a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.