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Publisher's Summary

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

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“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)

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Great concept, disturbing bad guy

I guess I just can't do the disturbing women-killing serial killers anymore, but I'm not ready for all cozy mysteries, either.

Awesome story, cool and just-damaged-enough protagonist but, again, disturbing.

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Confusing, long winded, rambling

I couldn't get through this book- it was so difficult to know where or when the current scene was taking place, characters development was non-existent. The story rambled on for entirely too long, through several teaser conclusions which you could clearly see coming. I finally gave up and realized I didn't really care who the snowman was.

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Disappointed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing really thrilling about this book. Interesting premise, but poor execution. I actually settled on Matthias very early on as the killer and was surprised it took Harry so long. The red herring, the mold guy, was the only thing that fooled me. I figured Matthias had been the mold guy in disguise; afterall, who gives the keys to their home to a complete stranger just on their word? Knowing the killer was putting himself in a position to better know his foe, it had to be the mold guy and/or the man about to marry his ex-wife.<br/><br/>Anyway, I'll be passing on the rest of the series.

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  • lilburn, GA, United States
  • 08-30-17

NOT a great paced thriller

a lot of character development, departmental politics, procedurals, etc, made for a slow paced mystery. I can't call it a thriller. I didn't even finish it. I got tired of waiting for some real action.

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Magnificent writing from across the pond

Never a dull moment. Jo Nesbo is fresh in his prose and great in his pacing. The Norwegian author has excited me to try his other works. Praise also goes to the narrator of this awesome book. 5 big stars from me who is always trying books on Audible. This is a must listen.

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Started slow

Plot ok
Voice reading the story- very monotone and get could put me to sleep at times
I would recommend this book. Over started slow and sometimes confusing.

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Intriguing and Memorable

I'm relatively new to the mystery / crime genre of literature and was a bit skeptical going into The Snowman. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with the great performance and thought-provoking plot line of the story. I have 30 books in my audible library at the time I'm writing this and I've listened to all of them. This story was worth the time. A credit well spent!

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Listen to it!

Great book. Can't wait for the movie to come out. Listen and enjoy this series.

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Plenty of Twists & Turns

I kept thinking, "How can there possibly be so many chapters left? I already know..." I didn't! Good characters, well constructed plot.

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Great suspense!

Really great story. Some of the words and especially Norweigan names were hard to decipher. All in all it was a great story, full of suspense. I didn't want to leave the car when I got to my destination...