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 Nesbo’s position as an international star of crime fiction.
©2010 Jo Nesbo (P)2010 Random House Audio
Drama, Intrigue and horrible murders. I could not put aside this audio book. At times I was genuinely frightened by the scenes. Murder in Scandinavia will be your new obsession, after you read the Snowman. Sean Barrett was superb.
Action, Surprising, Clever
I could not get myself away from this story! Listening open mouthed!!! Really good!
Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.
Jo Nesbo rides the waves created by poor dead Steig Larsson. Norway is not Sweden, but close enough for the publishers to hope that the magic of one trilogy will stick to another set of crime novels. Nesbo writes improbable and convoluted plot twists I cannot help but think are meant to appeal to the throngs of jaded thriller junkies who need a constant stream of fiction in their lives but can no longer be surprised to a straight forward good read. Harry Hole (pronounced Huy-youler, not HOLE) is a drunk and I cannot fathom why his girlfriend Raquel puts up with him excepting underneath her competence she must be just as damaged as he is. Why does the murderer compulsively build snow people at every scene? Perhaps a more appropriate question is why would I care? One thing I will say is that with a Nesbo book it is impossible to figure out prior to the end of the novel who done it. Because there is such a mesmerizing array of twirling red herrings so as to confuse even the most seasoned fiction reader. There is a disjointed quality to Nesbo's narrative that keeps one reading until the end, but ultimately when you finish the last page and finally know who did what to whom, you can only snort to yourself, turn off the itty bitty book light and punch your bed mate in the kidneys until they scootch over to their side of the bed. I enjoyed the Larsson books but will definitely give the rest of the Nesbo books a miss.
Come the first snow of a winter 'snowmen', or rather, snow-women appear. Harry Hole has to track down
their creator, - the Snowman. A well written story that commanded my full attention to the absolute and gripping end. As ever, Sean Barrett provides a great delivery of the characters especially the laconic troubled detective genius of Harry Hole. A fine indulgent pleasure, ideal for the quiet moments over the festive period, though there are some very dark moments, beloved by the Scandinavian writers. Do listen to the Harry Hole series in order. I was a little disappointed that the book in between the Redeemer and the Snowman, namely the Devil Star, hadn't been released. Though it has NOW!!!!!!!!! I wish Audible took more effort over flagging up the sequence order in series, and give some idea of the publication dates for books that would bridge gaps in series. Audible please take note.
The first Jo Nesbo book I listened to. Brilliant story and extremely well read. Gripping from start to finish.
Please record the earlier Harry Hole books.
This book is fabulous, talk about twists and turns. Couldn't put it down! Going to get another book from this author.
"Extremly exciting throughout!"
This is being advertised as the 'next Stieg Larsson' and it doesn't dissapoint! Very gripping story with exciting twists and turns -highly recommend!
"Interesting but not my favourite"
I listened to this as I was looking for something I would love as much as I loved the Stieg Larsson trilogy. It was a good listen, although I found it jumped around a bit. I had worked out 'whodunnit' fairly early on, but I enjoyed adding to the evidence as the book went on. Not as good as the Larsson trilogy though!
"Reading 1, Writing 0"
Positive first: Sean Barrett's reading of this tale is superb, which is all the more remarkable as he must have baulked at much of the writing, and the plot will probably carry even a reluctant reader (like me) to the end.
The most wondrous thing, however, is why this author allegedly received accolades for his writing. The surfeit of similes and metaphors which nearly all just miss (the minute-hand of a clock "goose-stepping"), the pretentious language (nothing has a smell, everything has an aroma, people don't chew, they masticate) all reminded me of teenagers writing to impress. The book does not have a structure so much as an event pile-up, and the characters are two-dimensional, tired, predictable cardboard cut-outs. I started wincing with embarrassment and finished laughing out loud - it's all you can do if you don't want to cry.
If you read solely for plot, enjoy a gruesome tale, and don't mind excruciatingly poor writing, buy this book. If, however, you expect professional writing, stay clear of all books of this author.
"Ending overly signposted for my liking"
Performance excellent but I was disappointed with the pacing and the big reveal.
As the best mystery writers do, Nesbo leaves little markers along the way which a reader can use to form predictions, which differ from those the detective is following. The principle excitement of this genre is derived not from the detective working his way through numerous inevitable red herrings - we have a suspect in hour 2 of 14, probably not the solution he's after- but in piecing together evidence ourselves; pitting our wits against both detective and author to see if we can decipher the correct combination of clues before the countdown of the narrative eventually reveals it to us.
The two big 'unknowns' in this novel are too heavily hinted at; the dark places of its epistemology too frequently swept over by the searchlight of authorial knowingness; meaning that the majority of the audiobook is defunct.
In all, a mystery without much mystery, redeemed in part by an entertaining, if predictable cast of misanthropic Scandiwegians and a good reading performance.
Absolutely brilliant. Had me gripped all the way through. Started with book 1 and cannot stop. No onto book 8!
"First Nesbo - Loved it."
My first Jo Nesbo book and I am hooked. I will now read the 3 prior and all those after. I read a lot of crime books but this was utterly riveting. I couldn't stop listening, it was more gripping than any other book I have listened to.
"Stripped back storytelling"
Perfect narrator. Central character is an intelligent, messed up guy... great to follow his footsteps
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