Review: The Snowman

The Snowman
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great crime thriller novel! Nesbo, who also writes children’s books, can certainly weave a tale that can capture and keep your attention. The protagonist is a damaged individual and Nesbo shows us enough of the character to satisfy the needs of the story while also holding back a little. Everyone has secrets. This is a theme that runs through the book and I suspect it is also true of the book’s hero, Inspector Harry Hole. The pacing is done well and the noir aesthetic of the prose and dialog fits well with the bleakness of the Norwegian environs, the darkness within and without. At times, I found it wonderfully twisted and brutal.
I’ve not read any of the other “Nordic noir” books like Stieg Larsson’s series that began with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” but I gather that some of Nesbo’s style is appropriated from them. Be that as it may, all artists are borrowers and it is of no issue to me. I look forward to the next book in this series as well as going back to read the three previous books featuring Inspector Harry Hole. “The Snowman” is a fun, engaging read that will have you double-checking the locks on yours doors. And you’ll never look at that hallmark of childhood winters – the snowman – in quite the same way. Ever again.

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