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.
©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio
“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)
Lots of twists and turns, kept you guessing till the very end .Believable characters which I find helps me get into the story.
I have accepted the rules of the game without hesitation. The true villain was not clear to the moment that the author decided to show him/her (not to spoil effect). Translation is good and narrator is very good. The difference in opinions of reviewers was surprising. People give it from 1 to 5 stars. Some do not like sex. It is not too graphic. Somebody said that it is not the Silence of the Lambs. Why it should be? It is closer to classic detective stories then Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where the author introduced a magic bullet - hacking - as a tool for solving problems, which I consider a big disadvantage. The killer is bad but not supernatural. Comparing to real life killer who devastated Oslo a couple of days ago, this story sounds rather mild. Summary: if you like detective stories, this one will be enjoyable.
Horrible book, extremely pornographic with unnecessary details, no depth to the characters (except for the sex) and absolutely no suspense.
Written in the same style as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series this book kept me guessing "who done it" until the very end. A great read!
I can't get to the story line because of the blatant hatred of the United States of America. From hating George Bush to Starship Trooper, a "satire for American fascism." The narrator is dismal, depressing and I do not plan to complete the book. Nor, will I ever look for a Jo Nesbo book again.
I loved this book. The reading by Robin Sachs perfectly captures the dark atmosphere of Harry Hole and his environment. The book is a "page turner" you won't want to turn off. This was my first Hole adventure and I now plan to listen to the rest of them.
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