The Drowned Boy

The Drowned Boy

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition
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Tommy, a sixteen-month-old boy with Down's syndrome, is found drowned in a pond near his home. His young mother Carmen claims he wandered off while she and her husband were otherwise occupied. But something about the story doesn't ring true to Inspector Jacob Skarre, who turns to his trusted colleague, Inspector Sejer, for assistance. When an autopsy reveals Tommy's lungs to be full of soap, Skarre and Sejer revisit the couple. Carmen, an epileptic, changes her story, saying that she'd been knocked unconscious by a seizure while bathing Tommy. When she came to, she found him drowned in the tub and, horrified and frightened, threw him into the pond. As Carmen's own family turns against her, Skarre and Sejer are determined to get to the truth.
Publisher: Leicester : 2017. Thorpe, Isis,
Leicester : 2017. Thorpe, Isis,
2016. ,
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781785414244
Branch Call Number: LT FOSS
Additional Contributors: Dickson, Kari


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Jul 17, 2018

I have read a LOT of mystery books and this was one of the most boring and unpleasant. i know the Scandinavian mysteries are often slow but usually they have some sympathetic or at least interesting characters. I cannot recommend this book. I skipped to the end after reading just a few chapters, which is something i almost never do.

Apr 04, 2016

Tommy, a 16-month-old boy with Down's syndrome, dies from an apparent drowning. Was this just a tragic accident or does the calm, composed, self-absorbed, shallow-minded mother have something to hide? Chief Inspector Sejer is haunted and frustrated by this case; he wants to ensure justice for Tommy but finds it increasingly difficult to break the mother's story.
This book is an unhurried police procedural. Good character development delivers a "slow-burn" that makes you want to find out the truth. My chief complaint is the final paragraph. An author has the privilege of taking a story anywhere he or she wants, but I think the last paragraph in this novel is unrealistic.

Dec 05, 2015

Wsj 2015
wsj nolan best 2015

Nov 28, 2015

Alternately like watching paint dry and watching someone picking a scab. With a touch of absurdity thrown in for good measure.

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Jul 17, 2018

marthajanelewis thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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