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The Snowman – Jo Nesbo


I have to admit the only reason I read The Snowman was because of the reference to the Norwegian author Jo Nesbo being the next Stieg Larsson. A total pushover I was especially as crime books are not normally my thing – give me a spy story any day! There are some similarities with the Millenium series but I found the style of the two to be quite different. I’m still happy to have been so easily seduced though, The Snowman was a real page turner with one scene inparticular that was especially chilling – in more ways than one. If the book is ever made into a movie I can imagine a lot of screams at that point!

The Snowman is the 7th book in a series featuring Police Inspector Harry Hole. Interestingly the first two books have not been translated so it is the fifth in the series available to English readers.

Harry Hole has a reputation as an expert on serial killers although has never had to invesigate a case in his own country – until now. Women are disappearing and the further Harry and his new partner look into it, the more disturbing similarities between each case they find and the more personally involved Harry finds himself becoming. The whole snowman link had the desired effect of being quite scary I thought.

The plot wasn’t perfect, there was a red herring thrown in that I didn’t find that convincing but (like the Stieg Larsson books) that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it overall. The question now is whether to carry on from here and read the next in the series The Leopard or go back to the beginnng and catch up on the previous 4 books.

Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

2010, 576 pages