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A woman wakes up one night terrified to find a strange man in her bedroom. The woman is an author, and the man is one of her prospective characters. Alvar Eide is a forty-two year old single man whose life begins to change when a young heroin addict walks into the art gallery where he works. So desperate is he to have this story told, that he has resorted to breaking into the author's house to make her tell it.
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2008
Description: 264 p
ISBN: 9781846550614
Branch Call Number: Foss
Additional Contributors: Barslund, Charlotte


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Nov 30, 2017

I read the ending and couldn't read another book for weeks. It was excellent. Fossum creates characters that stay with you, stories that linger pass the final words. Highly recommended.

melwyk Feb 21, 2013

Fossum creates meta-fiction with elements of the Scandinavian crime novels she's known for, resulting in a fantastic book. The author interacting with her character and revealing the fact that she can't give him the storyline that he wants is sad and yet strangely believable. A great read.

Jan 27, 2013

Not for everybody. Serious focus on the psychological mystery writing process; definitely not the common Fossum genre of the troubled, aging Mankell-type murder detective.

Nov 06, 2012

Not as good as her usual writing, a bit contrived. OK read

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

This chilling novel of psychological suspense from Norwegian writer Karin Fossum has a metafictional twist that renders her dark take on human nature completely irresistible.

Nov 28, 2010

Awww . . . this book was sad! I thought it was interesting how the author formated the book. Even though it was sad, it was a really good read!

Aug 22, 2010

Without giving anything away, I guess I was expecting a bit of a different ending but that doesn't matter because the author accomplished what she wanted to do, which is stated earlier in the book. The story was very intriguing and I enjoyed it! =)

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