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The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7 | [Jo Nesbo]

The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

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.
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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

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  • Lenore
    london, United Kingdom
    4/1/11
    Overall
    "Chilling"

    This isn't a book for the faint-hearted - Jo Nesbo really knows how to build tension and there are some vivid descriptions of crime scenes. It's well paced with great characterisation, and kept me guessing till the end. I think it's unfair to compare Nesbo with Stieg Larsson, though (as seen on the book cover), as they have very different writing styles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    3/24/11
    Overall
    "great first audion book"

    This is an excellent book by Jo Nesbo, brilliant first audio contribution from the Author and found the narrator Shaun Barrett to be very easy on the ear and able to slip easily from one character to the next. Looking forward to future installments from this author, keep the coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jasmin
    mellis, United Kingdom
    3/22/11
    Overall
    "Good Listen"

    Fantastic book. Really gripping and scary. The only down side was trying to remembers everyones name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    cannock, staffs, United Kingdom
    3/17/11
    Overall
    "The Snowman, gripping, couldn't stop listening"

    this is a gripping crime thriller i couldn't stop listening i would recommend to anyone that loves a good mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    BicesterUnited Kingdom
    5/9/11
    Overall
    "Interesting book, let down by narration"

    Would have been a lot more enjoyable (and gained at
    least another star) if the narrator hadn't given the
    characters such a random selection of regional UK
    accents - from Somerset to Yorkshire. It's almost
    comical at times, which somewhat detracts from the
    tension of the story! Why didn't they choose a
    Norwegian to do the narration (or at least someone who
    can cope with Nordic accents)?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    3/26/11
    Overall
    "..it's a pity ...."

    ...that this story was spoiled, for me, by the narration. The reader spoke so very quickly it was difficult to absorb. I liked his voice and expression but I wish there had been more pauses especially between paragraphs. I had to rewind and rewind and this spoiled by enjoyment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • traveller
    2/25/11
    Overall
    "An involving story"

    and well worth a listen, but I found the vocalisation dissapointing - the use of English regional accents for some characters seems gimmicky to me and added nothing to the presentation, while the use of what I assume were real Norwegian pronuciations for personal or place names made the difficult to distinguish to my ear - all in all, probably better to read the book

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Ilkley, United Kingdom
    10/7/10
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    "why did he give it away?"

    Like Sally, (another reviewer here), I was disappointed. Very listenable but then, fairly early on, Jo Nesbo gives away the identity of the killer. After that the various red herrings were a bit annoying and I was frustratedly shouting at Harry 'it's ******* you idiot!'.

    The hunt for the next Stieg Larsson continues! Suggestions please.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Munish
    nuneaton, warwikshire, United Kingdom
    10/29/10
    Overall
    "Easy listening crime thriller"

    Jo Nesbo is probably fed up of people comparing him to Steig Larsson and wants to be acknowledged for his own style. The descriptions and plot are excellent, but what ruined it for me is the narration. For some reason, (unknown to me), the narrator put on a variance of English accents. Which does not go down well, when you are trying to picture a scene in Scandinavia.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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