The Snowman – Book Review

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø - Vintage

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The Snowman – Book Review

Beware the falling snow… The first snowfall in Oslo brings a series of gruesome murders, and Harry Hole is pitted against a brutal killer who will drive him to the edge.

The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowman confirms Jo Nesbø’s position as an international star of crime fiction. This is the seventh book in the Harry Hole series.

With the growing popularity of Scandinavian Crime novels, there is now a cornucopia of authors to choose from, but make sure you add Jo Nesbø to your list. The twists and turns both true and false will have you reeling and guessing; and second guessing, as to the who and what behind it. A colourful team full of the usual suspects, and no, you don’t have to read the other novels to enjoy this one, although the back stories always help. Less complex than Stieg Larsson, and somewhat more believable, join Harry Hole in a less than glamorous solving of what could be Norway’s first serial killer.

Review by Jacq Ellem xx

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