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Book Review: The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) by Jo Nesbø

At times, there is a book which you keep on repetitively hearing about and even though it is a part of series, you cannot wait to pick that one up (no patience to go through the other 6 books in that series). Yes, I know many of you do not do that, even my book friend keeps on telling me to go through the reading order as is mentioned in Fantastic Fiction. I am too much of an impatient person when it comes to anything!

It was such a killer book with power packed primal dialogues. Sample this: I’ve read that it’s the smell some carnivores use to find their prey. Imagine the trembling victim trying to hide, but knowing that the smell of its own fear will kill it. And this: Evil is not a thing. It cannot take possession of you. It’s the opposite; it’s a void, an absence of goodness. The only thing you can be frightened of here is yourself.

Depressing and intense is this book with killer closer to home. Umm, aren’t they all? I mean recently whichever book and author I pick up – Elizabeth George or Tami Hoag, I am in that way finding similarity. But then the writing style is different and that makes all the difference. So, do I want to switch genres? Naah. So pick this book if you enjoy murder mysteries and cheers to this genre to keep you engaged.

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Book Blurb:

Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother – and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised – and constantly revised – by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

About the author:

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He is an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 33 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.


Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name: The Snowman
(Harry Hole #7)
Author:Jo Nesbø
Publication Year:2007
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