Title: The Snowman
Author: Jo Nesbo
About the book: It’s the seventh novel in a series that follows Harry Hole, an inspector.
First impressions: After seeing the trailer for the film, I decided to take a chance on the book. I didn’t expect the story to be as mature as it is subject matter wise. But Nesbo drew me in at the start and made me ask questions early on.
Characters: Harry Hole is flawed, but he’s a great detective nonetheless. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the romantic relationship between Rakel and Harry. By the end, I had a greater appreciation for them. They slowly grew on me. The secondary characters have interesting storylines as well.
“It’s rational to be afraid of what you don’t know.”
Writing: The short chapters help create suspense. There are a ton of red herrings. Nesbo finds a way to throw you off but bring you closer to the truth at the same time. I enjoyed all the twists and turns, even though I’ll never be able to look at a snowman in the same way ever again.
Despite the novel being translated into English, I didn’t have a problem with the writing whatsoever. It was a fun and easy read, especially as I got closer to the end.
Final thoughts: I read The Snowman during a difficult time in my life. Still, it helped distract me from reality, so I could escape temporarily. If you love crime thrillers, check out this novel. In the future, perhaps I’ll get around to reading other works by Nesbo.