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The Snowman ❰Read❯ ➵ The Snowman Author Jo Nesbø – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk V Osle napadol prv sneh Jonas r no vstane a zist , e jeho matka zmizla Ostane po nej jedin stopa ru ov l, o jej daroval na Vianoce M ho na krku snehuliak Predo l noc sa ne akane zjavil na dvore a jeho V Osle napadol prv sneh Jonas r no vstane a zist , e jeho matka zmizla Ostane po nej jedin stopa ru ov l, o jej daroval na Vianoce M ho na krku snehuliak Predo l noc sa ne akane zjavil na dvore a jeho ierne o i h adia priamo do domuPr pad rie i in pektor Harry Hole, ktor ned vno dostal tajomn list s podpisom Snehuliak Situ cia sa e te v mi zamot va, ke Harry zist , e tento model sa opakuje za posledn ch desa rokov sa stratilo jeden s ien, a to v dy presne v de , ke napadol prv sneh Vy etrovanie je pre Harryho o to zlo itej ie, e sa t ka jeho novej kolegyne, ale aj milovanej Rachel Pr pad Snehuliak ho priv dza na pokraj ialenstvaBrilantne vykreslen postavy a graduj ce nap tie s z rukou nap nav ho pr behu, ak vie nap sa len majster s asn ch trilerov Jo Nesbo.


About the Author: Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesb is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde Nesb graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics Nesb is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre In Nesb also released his first children s book, Doktor Proktors PrompepulverSeries Harry Hole Doktor ProktorFor exclusive content about Jo Nesb and his books, register for the official fan newsletter.



10 thoughts on “The Snowman

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Jonas stood up on one of the kitchen chairs and peered out And, sure enough, there on the lawn in front of the house was a snowman It was, as his mother had said, big It s eyes and mouth were made with pebbles and the nose was a carrot The snowman had no hat, cap or scarf, and only one arm, a thin twig Jonas guessed had been taken from the hedge However, there was something odd about the snowman It was facing the wrong way He didn t know why, but it ought to have been looking out onto th Jonas stood up on one of the kitchen chairs and peered out And, sure enough, there on the lawn in front of the house was a snowman It was, as his mother had said, big It s eyes and mouth were made with pebbles and the nose was a carrot The snowman had no hat, cap or scarf, and only one arm, a thin twig Jonas guessed had been taken from the hedge However, there was something odd about the snowman It was facing the wrong way He didn t know why, but it ought to have been looking out onto the road, toward the open space Instead, it was looking at YOU Just an odd thing, maybe a joke by the neighborhood kids, but unsettling, nonetheless They didn t see anyone making the snowman When Jonas mother turns up missing, he finds the pink scarf he d given her as a present, wrapped around the snowman SHIVER what does that mean, Harry A strange case like this rapidly becomes several connected strange cases aswomen go missing, and a snowman appeareth There can only be one guy in Norway who has the experience to take on a demented serial killer Harry HoleVSThe Snowman Katrine Bratt is Harry s new partner I know of two partners he has had since I started reading the series, and they are bothdead Harry might be at the center of any storm, but the debris always seems to land on those around him Katrine is intelligent, alluring, and sexy, butimportantly, she really seems to understand Harry, which most of the time Harry has a hard time getting Harry, so there is hope that she could prove useful Harry explains the job as he sees itI would guess you re fairly proud of your investigative talent Katrine asks You mean the rat catching gene The innate ability to lock up people with mental illnesses, addiction problems, well under average intellects and well above average childhood deprivations So we re just rat catchers, then Yep And that s why we re so happy when once in a blue moon a case like this lands on our table A chance to go big game hunting, to shoot a lion, an elephant, a fucking dinosaurOne of the things I really like about Nesbo is that he always works in books, movies, and music into his novels This conversation that Harry has with his on again, off again girlfriend, Rakel, cracks me upThe Rules of Attraction Harry repeated, taken aback Have you got it You said it was on your list of most underrated modern films Yes, but you never like those films That s not true You didn t like Starship Troopers That s because it s a crap macho film It s satire, Harry said Of what American society s inherent fascism The Hardy Boys meet Hitler Youth Come on, Harry War on giant insects on a remote planet Fear of foreigners Harry always seems to be a half step behind the Snowman One of the problems with serial killers like The Snowman is there is nothing readily apparent that ties them to their victims, so basically you have to wait until a new victim appears and hope the killer makes a mistake It becomes all too personal though when Rakel finds a note on her windshield We re going to die whore We re What the heck does that mean Rakel is moving in her latest boyfriend, a doctor named Mathias, but she keeps ending up at Harry s apartment warming his bed One of those situations where she can t live with Harry, but she also can t seem to live without raising and lowering his flag either She fits the killer s profile.Harry is truly up against a diabolical killer this time A man targeting women who have strayedbut how does the killer know these things about these women Time is of the essence, and red herrings send Harry and his team scrambling down looping paths that get them no closer to the killer The case becomes all too personal as Harry s new partner, Katrine, and Rakel become targeted by the Snowman Jo Nesbo, as always, kept me turning pages I groaned with frustration when promising leads turned out to be dead ends In a case like this, nothing can be ignored because the investigators are so desperate for a viable lead In the end I had to hope that Harry would weave enough clues together to form a noose around the killer Highly recommend I can t wait to see one of my favorite actors, Michael Fassbender, bring Harry Hole to life on the big screen If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. Maureen Maureen says:

    I was invited to read The Snowman by the publisher, prior to its release in cinemas in October 2017, and have given an honest review in exchange.As a little girl I used to love the first snowfall of winter, and the fun that accompanied it, like sledging down hills with complete abandon and snowball fights, but best of all was building a snowman Great effort went into making this little guy look good a borrowed cap and scarf from dad a few buttons from mum s sewing box however, the snow I was invited to read The Snowman by the publisher, prior to its release in cinemas in October 2017, and have given an honest review in exchange.As a little girl I used to love the first snowfall of winter, and the fun that accompanied it, like sledging down hills with complete abandon and snowball fights, but best of all was building a snowman Great effort went into making this little guy look good a borrowed cap and scarf from dad a few buttons from mum s sewing box however, the snowman in Jo Nesbo s thriller doesn t have such pleasant connotations, on the contrary, it elicits feelings of abject terror November in Oslo, and the first snowfall of the year covers the gloomy landscape A young boy discovers his mother missing and ventures outdoors to look for her, but all he finds is his mother s pink scarf wrapped around a snowman in the front yard that appeared mysteriously the day before And so begins Harry Hole s seventh investigation in this extremely popular series.Investigations reveal that numerous women have gone missing over the years, all of them on the day of a first snowfall, but their bodies have never been found As evengo missing, Harry receives a letter from the perpetrator wanting to play games, wanting to pit his wits against Oslo s most famous serial killer hunter Let the games commence Harry is up against an extremely intelligent killer, and the tension never let s up for a minute the depressingly somber landscape only adds to the fear The plot is complex, clever, and leads to many suspects, each of them perfectly plausible, but all is not what it seems, and there are many twists and turns before The Snowman is finally revealed Another winner from Jo Nesbo.Thank you to Random House UK Vintage Publishing for my ARC


  3. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is a re read for me, it is the 7th in the Harry Hole series set in Oslo, Norway It is now a major film with Michael Fassbender as Harry, I admit to being intrigued to see how this novel translates into this movie We have the usual gloomy and downbeat portrayal of Norway, its weather and its people A young boy finds his mother missing and goes outside There he finds a snowman has appeared, adorned with a scarf belonging to his mother Oslo police have Harry investigate with his new partn This is a re read for me, it is the 7th in the Harry Hole series set in Oslo, Norway It is now a major film with Michael Fassbender as Harry, I admit to being intrigued to see how this novel translates into this movie We have the usual gloomy and downbeat portrayal of Norway, its weather and its people A young boy finds his mother missing and goes outside There he finds a snowman has appeared, adorned with a scarf belonging to his mother Oslo police have Harry investigate with his new partner, Katrine Bratt As Harry digs into the case, it emerges there are eleven missing women through the years and not a body to be found Harry concludes that there is a serial killer on the loose, an analysis that his superiors dismiss That is until Harry gets a letter from the killer looking to lock horns with him And so ensues a battle of wits in a macabre story with numerous twists My re read confirms to me that this is one of the better books in the series, although The Redbreast is my favourite Looking forward to seeing the film Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC


  4. Skyler Autumn Skyler Autumn says:

    2 StarsI am just not a Jo Nesbo fan I m sorry I tried I read The Bat thought well that was dull and confusing Then everyone was saying don t judge the series by the first two novels Jump ahead it gets soooo good So I was like, I will jump so far ahead I will go straight for the book they deemed so good that they made it into a bloody movie And all I can say is a resounding meh That s right it was meh very meh.The story follows our functioning alcoholic detective Harry Hole I m using th 2 StarsI am just not a Jo Nesbo fan I m sorry I tried I read The Bat thought well that was dull and confusing Then everyone was saying don t judge the series by the first two novels Jump ahead it gets soooo good So I was like, I will jump so far ahead I will go straight for the book they deemed so good that they made it into a bloody movie And all I can say is a resounding meh That s right it was meh very meh.The story follows our functioning alcoholic detective Harry Hole I m using the word detective quite liberally here because there seems to beflailing on his part and less actual detecting I do not understand why he is compared to the cautious and meticulous mind of Hercule Poirot or the brilliant and keen eye of Sherlock Holmes He is basically how I imagine most cops in real life to be which is completely useless He doesn t solve shit all instead he accuses everybody and anybody and when suspects are basically narrowed down to the last one he goes I ve solved it It s like my fucking dog has solved it at this point man The murder of young women and the use of snowmen as creepy calling card was interesting for the first bit then you have to trudge through 70% of the novel and about a million forgettable suspects before you get to the end which saved this novel from being given a 1 star rating The end is quite thrilling The murderer is found out, you get a glimpse into his mind which is alway my cup of tea , and then there s the chase and all that lovely action The only problem is you have got to be very patient and get through a shit ton of humming and hawing over the case to get to that juicy ending All and all is it worth it Not really the ending is good but I had to read a fuck ton of nothing before anything of interest began Also I m just going to go out on limb here after reading my second Harry Hole novel and assume that Jo Nesbo only writes women as whores, victims or crackpots Women in his novels are either ruled by their Vaginas or their emotions It became so sexist I wouldn t have been surprised if Harry Hole declared the murderer was a woman on her period PMSing hard Can Harry Hole have a strong female in his life whose panties don t seem to disintegrate around him because he soooo irresistible The writer has mentioned numerous times that Harry Hole is borderline ugly, just sits in silence, and drinks all day I haven t been to Norway but my god is the prospects that slim that the slurring drunk at the bar is the only option for these stunning ladies Until Nesbo learns how to portray women as the strong complex creatures we are, I think me and Jo Nesbo are going to have to part ways from here


  5. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    If you like a complicated plot with a lot of characters and many twists and turns, here s the book for you Nesbo, a Norwegian author, is one of the Scandinavian noir mystery police detective writers This book is one of a dozen he has written featuring the police detective Harry Hole Nesbo is obviously a brilliant guy Consider that he is also a professional rock musician and song writer, and that as an economics major he has been a stockbroker and journalist Until sidelined by an injury, he If you like a complicated plot with a lot of characters and many twists and turns, here s the book for you Nesbo, a Norwegian author, is one of the Scandinavian noir mystery police detective writers This book is one of a dozen he has written featuring the police detective Harry Hole Nesbo is obviously a brilliant guy Consider that he is also a professional rock musician and song writer, and that as an economics major he has been a stockbroker and journalist Until sidelined by an injury, he was a professional footballer soccer On to the story in peaceful Norway, for years now, after the first snowfall of the season, someone builds a snowman in the yard of a woman and then shortly brutalizes and kills her Sometimes body parts and personal items are found in the snowman The perpetrator he she is obviously toying with the police.It s a long book 500 pages in the paperback I read and during the story, Harry solves the case five times You read that right four times during the investigation, the police think they have found their man, but they were wrong It s truly amazing to think that Norway could produce five people capable of dismembering women and taunting the police by leaving clues in a snowman, but there you have it, and it s a tribute to Nesbo s writing that these five scenarios and the clues and motives all seemed plausible at the time.It s also a tribute to Nesbo s writing that I never felt lost or overwhelmed by the complicated plot you just have to make a bit of an effort to keep track of character names We get a lot of local color of Oslo and Bergen and we follow Harry s personal life he s an ex alcoholic along with that of his ex , her son and new male friend An attractive young woman who is one of Harry s detective partners provides interest too A good read top image from henriksen.deviantart.combottom image Snowman by OhLizz on deviantart.com


  6. Justin Justin says:

    So I can t remember if I m watching TV or maybe I m listening to some NPR podcast or something, but I hear about this movie called The Snowman directed by the same guy who did Let the Right One In and based on a novel by this Jo Nesbo dude Hey Jo Nesbo I know that name I ve seen his books floating around on Goodreads I ve seen people I know, love, and respect reading, loving, and recommending his books But I found myself in a bit of a dilemma I started thinking about all the other time So I can t remember if I m watching TV or maybe I m listening to some NPR podcast or something, but I hear about this movie called The Snowman directed by the same guy who did Let the Right One In and based on a novel by this Jo Nesbo dude Hey Jo Nesbo I know that name I ve seen his books floating around on Goodreads I ve seen people I know, love, and respect reading, loving, and recommending his books But I found myself in a bit of a dilemma I started thinking about all the other times I ve tried to read a mystery thriller book from a series Patterson, Coben, that Girl with the Dragon Tattoo guy, Connelly, etc I always start strong, but those books have never really done it for me They re fine, but they never really go beyond fine I like books that are beyond fine In fact, from now on, when I really like a book, and someone asks me what I thought about the book I read and liked, and I have a chance to respond, and I also love commas, anyway, I m going to start responding by saying, Man, that book was beyond fine Ask me what I thought about Jo Nesbo s The Snowman Go ahead I ll pause here and give you a chance to ask Oh, I m glad you asked I thought this book was beyond fine A solid four stars I don t know five stars would be Maybe extraordinarily beyond fine Exceptionally beyond fine Incrementally beyond fine The Snowman is beyond fine This is the seventh book in the Harry Hole series, and it s the first book I ve read, but I never really felt lost or confused There are some references to prior events and characters, but things are explained well You can read this one without starting with The Bat I hear The Bat isn t all that great anyway It s below fine, I guess Nesbo weaves together a very intense page turner with characters that matter and twists that actually make you pause and drop the book for a sec before you can continue I blew through the second half of the book In fact, I woke up early this morning just so I could read the end of the story and I am not a morning person Thank God for coffee Can I get an amen I m excited for the movie I m excited to readNesbo I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was caught up in this thing, and the ending did not disappoint Oh, and on a side note, I liked all of Nesbo s music references He threw out names like Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch He s got good taste Well, he mentioned Slipknot a few times, too, so maybe not Check this one out Let s hope the movie is just as good Or at least beyond fine


  7. *TANYA* *TANYA* says:

    Intense I loved it I really really liked the authors writing style It was detailed, unique, and very intricate I was googling stuff left and right Lol I can t wait for the movie with Michael Fassbender Yum


  8. Harry Harry says:

    Here s the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you re a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn t care less about the distinction the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism in short, whether you re reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the cours Here s the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you re a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn t care less about the distinction the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism in short, whether you re reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the course, ennui is imbued into the populace as it is also reflected in the works of prominent Russian writers Anna Karenina comes to mind Just as we continue to struggle here in the States with our history of slavery and the resulting racial tensions, so do Europe and Scandinavia struggle in coming to terms with Nazism and the Bolshevik revolution More than a few reviewers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Nordic writers pre occupation with Nazism And yet, the rise in popularity of these Nordic thrillers here in the States is puzzling given our strong tendency towards literary Romanticism We like for the good guys to win, we like emotion, we like our heroes as opposed to anti heroes we enjoy free will, and in general consider ourselves in control of our own lives.Having said that there is excellence in Literary Naturalism The above doesn t mean we can t enjoy a well written novel, an intriguing mystery, a flawed anti hero, a well crafted story written in the style of literary Naturalism It doesn t mean we can t enjoy the works of Jo Nesbo I did.In Jo Nesbo s wordsI come from a family of readers and story tellersWith a librarian mother and a father who sat before the fire and told the kids stories they wanted to hear each repetition bringing something new to the tale Jo s foundation was carved in stone Again, in his own life story we sense the determinism filtering into his life he wanted to be a soccer star but an injury put a quick stop to this with a dreadful feeling of fate guiding his life he entered the military in the hopes something would happen what happened was Self Discipline thinking he might want to be an economist he entered the world of finance which he abandoned as well someone told him he could play guitar he only knew 3 chords and he formed several bands, Di Derre being the most successful and finally he wrote on an airplane to begin with and he never stopped The Redbreast is Jo Nesbo s third Harry Hole pronounced Hooleh novel the other two not being translated for a US audience as of yet and is Nesbo s claim to fame So, this is where we start Yes, the books should be read in order For an American audience, Harry Hole can be likened to Harry Bosch he defies authority, is an outcast within his own organization, is best left alone to do this job his office is at the end of the hall , isof an anti hero than a hero, has trouble with his romantic life, lives alone, has a fierce propensity for justice as opposed to the Law and once let loose is like a pit bull with a bone fastened to his jaws But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo s devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero Upon reflection, American hard boiled writers don t come close to accomplishing the same This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself Bjarne M ller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance It s in what he calls our accursed nature That s why we always end up on our own I don t know I like being alone Perhaps I have grown to like my self image of being a loner, too.I think you have to find something about yourself that you like in order to survive Some people say being alone is unsociable and selfish But you re independent and you don t drag others down with you, if that s the way you re heading Many people are afraid of being alone But it made me feel strong, free and invulnerable.Andah, yes, there is the matter of plot So how do we justify this decided streak of fate determinism within the novels with Nesbo s apparent mastery of plot The two seemingly ought to contradict each other On the one hand, we have Nesbo s almost Shakespearean tendency to cast characters as marionette puppets on the strings of fate the very opposite of plot , while on the other hand we are riveted by the very complex actions and reactions made by Harry Hole during his investigations Nesbo is a master at not adding anything superfluous to his novels Perhaps it is an unholy marriage between the two that transfixes us His plots are intricate, very complex, the seemingly irrelevant details exposed throughout the novels become larger than life as the story closes, and they can weave through time, forward and backward, as the story unfolds But, with a little alacrity, we can remember we are reading Naturalism and so it isn t always Harry Hole making events happen, but rather the reverse, it is the events that move Harry Hole Again, it is a matter of preference but in Nesbo s case it is done with utter expertise as a writer.The exposition setting is often Scandinavia the weather is somber, the descriptions grey like, the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn, if not bundled and sequestered And yet, the dialogue and scenes are full of references to other millieus , continents, languages, and cleverly hidden philosophical references that speak to a widely cultured audience as opposed to American writers of this genre who rarely venture beyond the borders of their land, if not their own State And as with plot, there are no superfluous details Everything in the novels matters and Nesbo does not forget even the tiniest detail to which he s made a seemingly furtive reference earlier on in the story This is one of the biggest reasons why I love Jo Nesbo.I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Nesbo s The Redbreast and am currently reading the remaining Harry Hole novels I remain intrigued by events left undone such as the fate of our undiscovered villain in this and other stories You ll just have to read the novels to find out .Oh, yes, as with other series this review is likely to be repeated for all unless there is a drastic divergence from what I have written here So, if you ve read this review, you ve read em all Enjoy


  9. Matthew Matthew says:

    2.5 to 3 starsEhI know I have mentioned something along these lines in my previous Jo Nesbo Harry Hole reviews, but I feel like he writes to intentionally confuse the reader and I am not sure it is in a good way Sure, we all love to be pulled into the complicated web of a mystery But, when things get so out there and are going is so many directions that you cannot keep up any, it is no longer fun If I were to diagram this book, I would put some big, fairly straightforward plot poi 2.5 to 3 starsEhI know I have mentioned something along these lines in my previous Jo Nesbo Harry Hole reviews, but I feel like he writes to intentionally confuse the reader and I am not sure it is in a good way Sure, we all love to be pulled into the complicated web of a mystery But, when things get so out there and are going is so many directions that you cannot keep up any, it is no longer fun If I were to diagram this book, I would put some big, fairly straightforward plot points I was able to keep track of at the top nice, straight arrows linking them But, I am reminded of the anecdote where the duck calmly moves along the surface of the water, but its feet are going crazy below Underneath the main plot points are hundreds of random plot points scanning various different time frames and linking to each other in very bizarre ways The points and arrows in this area would end up looking like a plate of spaghetti and meatballs Your response to this might be, Matthew, well, you just are not smart enough to understand all the intricacies Perhaps, but I have read other intricate mysteries and have stayed interested and aware of what was going on with little to no confusion So, there is just something about the way that Nesbo writes that just loses me.Also, while I don t mind sexual content in the book if it moves the plot, some of the random references in this book were quite extreme and seemed to be thereto shock than anything else I can give them a little leeway for developing the personality of a couple of characters, but still seemed a bit much In the end, they didn t bother me, but you may want to proceed cautiously if they might bother you.I will say that the main plot points were interesting and enjoyable to follow Also, once I got everything sorted out in my head it led up to a pretty decent climax Why continue with the series you ask Well, someone gave me book 8 in the series The Leopard a few years ago and I have been working my way up to it I haven t minded going through the series a few of the books have been pretty enjoyable , but I am not sure I would have stuck with it if I did not have the goal of book 8


  10. Sheilagh Sheilagh says:

    if this had been the first book i d read of the series, it would also be the last the other end she exclaimed, removing her hands from her face we ll have to begin at the other end in bergen no, harry whispered with the last air he had left in his lungs bergen s not an end could you he looked up at her saw her dark eyes fill with tears IT S MY PERIOD, she whispered.honestly i m amazed i bothered to finish i was completely unable to get lost in the characters or believe the if this had been the first book i d read of the series, it would also be the last the other end she exclaimed, removing her hands from her face we ll have to begin at the other end in bergen no, harry whispered with the last air he had left in his lungs bergen s not an end could you he looked up at her saw her dark eyes fill with tears IT S MY PERIOD, she whispered.honestly i m amazed i bothered to finish i was completely unable to get lost in the characters or believe they could be real people snippets like the excerpt above just tell me the author believes very driven women who put themselves through law school and later work their way through a mostly male police force would use menstruation as a crutch couple that with all the transparent naming of movies bands and i feel like i knowabout the author himself than i do about a detective about whom i ve now read four books


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10 thoughts on “The Snowman

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Jonas stood up on one of the kitchen chairs and peered out And, sure enough, there on the lawn in front of the house was a snowman It was, as his mother had said, big It s eyes and mouth were made with pebbles and the nose was a carrot The snowman had no hat, cap or scarf, and only one arm, a thin twig Jonas guessed had been taken from the hedge However, there was something odd about the snowman It was facing the wrong way He didn t know why, but it ought to have been looking out onto th Jonas stood up on one of the kitchen chairs and peered out And, sure enough, there on the lawn in front of the house was a snowman It was, as his mother had said, big It s eyes and mouth were made with pebbles and the nose was a carrot The snowman had no hat, cap or scarf, and only one arm, a thin twig Jonas guessed had been taken from the hedge However, there was something odd about the snowman It was facing the wrong way He didn t know why, but it ought to have been looking out onto the road, toward the open space Instead, it was looking at YOU Just an odd thing, maybe a joke by the neighborhood kids, but unsettling, nonetheless They didn t see anyone making the snowman When Jonas mother turns up missing, he finds the pink scarf he d given her as a present, wrapped around the snowman SHIVER what does that mean, Harry A strange case like this rapidly becomes several connected strange cases aswomen go missing, and a snowman appeareth There can only be one guy in Norway who has the experience to take on a demented serial killer Harry HoleVSThe Snowman Katrine Bratt is Harry s new partner I know of two partners he has had since I started reading the series, and they are bothdead Harry might be at the center of any storm, but the debris always seems to land on those around him Katrine is intelligent, alluring, and sexy, butimportantly, she really seems to understand Harry, which most of the time Harry has a hard time getting Harry, so there is hope that she could prove useful Harry explains the job as he sees itI would guess you re fairly proud of your investigative talent Katrine asks You mean the rat catching gene The innate ability to lock up people with mental illnesses, addiction problems, well under average intellects and well above average childhood deprivations So we re just rat catchers, then Yep And that s why we re so happy when once in a blue moon a case like this lands on our table A chance to go big game hunting, to shoot a lion, an elephant, a fucking dinosaurOne of the things I really like about Nesbo is that he always works in books, movies, and music into his novels This conversation that Harry has with his on again, off again girlfriend, Rakel, cracks me upThe Rules of Attraction Harry repeated, taken aback Have you got it You said it was on your list of most underrated modern films Yes, but you never like those films That s not true You didn t like Starship Troopers That s because it s a crap macho film It s satire, Harry said Of what American society s inherent fascism The Hardy Boys meet Hitler Youth Come on, Harry War on giant insects on a remote planet Fear of foreigners Harry always seems to be a half step behind the Snowman One of the problems with serial killers like The Snowman is there is nothing readily apparent that ties them to their victims, so basically you have to wait until a new victim appears and hope the killer makes a mistake It becomes all too personal though when Rakel finds a note on her windshield We re going to die whore We re What the heck does that mean Rakel is moving in her latest boyfriend, a doctor named Mathias, but she keeps ending up at Harry s apartment warming his bed One of those situations where she can t live with Harry, but she also can t seem to live without raising and lowering his flag either She fits the killer s profile.Harry is truly up against a diabolical killer this time A man targeting women who have strayedbut how does the killer know these things about these women Time is of the essence, and red herrings send Harry and his team scrambling down looping paths that get them no closer to the killer The case becomes all too personal as Harry s new partner, Katrine, and Rakel become targeted by the Snowman Jo Nesbo, as always, kept me turning pages I groaned with frustration when promising leads turned out to be dead ends In a case like this, nothing can be ignored because the investigators are so desperate for a viable lead In the end I had to hope that Harry would weave enough clues together to form a noose around the killer Highly recommend I can t wait to see one of my favorite actors, Michael Fassbender, bring Harry Hole to life on the big screen If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. Maureen Maureen says:

    I was invited to read The Snowman by the publisher, prior to its release in cinemas in October 2017, and have given an honest review in exchange.As a little girl I used to love the first snowfall of winter, and the fun that accompanied it, like sledging down hills with complete abandon and snowball fights, but best of all was building a snowman Great effort went into making this little guy look good a borrowed cap and scarf from dad a few buttons from mum s sewing box however, the snow I was invited to read The Snowman by the publisher, prior to its release in cinemas in October 2017, and have given an honest review in exchange.As a little girl I used to love the first snowfall of winter, and the fun that accompanied it, like sledging down hills with complete abandon and snowball fights, but best of all was building a snowman Great effort went into making this little guy look good a borrowed cap and scarf from dad a few buttons from mum s sewing box however, the snowman in Jo Nesbo s thriller doesn t have such pleasant connotations, on the contrary, it elicits feelings of abject terror November in Oslo, and the first snowfall of the year covers the gloomy landscape A young boy discovers his mother missing and ventures outdoors to look for her, but all he finds is his mother s pink scarf wrapped around a snowman in the front yard that appeared mysteriously the day before And so begins Harry Hole s seventh investigation in this extremely popular series.Investigations reveal that numerous women have gone missing over the years, all of them on the day of a first snowfall, but their bodies have never been found As evengo missing, Harry receives a letter from the perpetrator wanting to play games, wanting to pit his wits against Oslo s most famous serial killer hunter Let the games commence Harry is up against an extremely intelligent killer, and the tension never let s up for a minute the depressingly somber landscape only adds to the fear The plot is complex, clever, and leads to many suspects, each of them perfectly plausible, but all is not what it seems, and there are many twists and turns before The Snowman is finally revealed Another winner from Jo Nesbo.Thank you to Random House UK Vintage Publishing for my ARC

  3. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is a re read for me, it is the 7th in the Harry Hole series set in Oslo, Norway It is now a major film with Michael Fassbender as Harry, I admit to being intrigued to see how this novel translates into this movie We have the usual gloomy and downbeat portrayal of Norway, its weather and its people A young boy finds his mother missing and goes outside There he finds a snowman has appeared, adorned with a scarf belonging to his mother Oslo police have Harry investigate with his new partn This is a re read for me, it is the 7th in the Harry Hole series set in Oslo, Norway It is now a major film with Michael Fassbender as Harry, I admit to being intrigued to see how this novel translates into this movie We have the usual gloomy and downbeat portrayal of Norway, its weather and its people A young boy finds his mother missing and goes outside There he finds a snowman has appeared, adorned with a scarf belonging to his mother Oslo police have Harry investigate with his new partner, Katrine Bratt As Harry digs into the case, it emerges there are eleven missing women through the years and not a body to be found Harry concludes that there is a serial killer on the loose, an analysis that his superiors dismiss That is until Harry gets a letter from the killer looking to lock horns with him And so ensues a battle of wits in a macabre story with numerous twists My re read confirms to me that this is one of the better books in the series, although The Redbreast is my favourite Looking forward to seeing the film Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC

  4. Skyler Autumn Skyler Autumn says:

    2 StarsI am just not a Jo Nesbo fan I m sorry I tried I read The Bat thought well that was dull and confusing Then everyone was saying don t judge the series by the first two novels Jump ahead it gets soooo good So I was like, I will jump so far ahead I will go straight for the book they deemed so good that they made it into a bloody movie And all I can say is a resounding meh That s right it was meh very meh.The story follows our functioning alcoholic detective Harry Hole I m using th 2 StarsI am just not a Jo Nesbo fan I m sorry I tried I read The Bat thought well that was dull and confusing Then everyone was saying don t judge the series by the first two novels Jump ahead it gets soooo good So I was like, I will jump so far ahead I will go straight for the book they deemed so good that they made it into a bloody movie And all I can say is a resounding meh That s right it was meh very meh.The story follows our functioning alcoholic detective Harry Hole I m using the word detective quite liberally here because there seems to beflailing on his part and less actual detecting I do not understand why he is compared to the cautious and meticulous mind of Hercule Poirot or the brilliant and keen eye of Sherlock Holmes He is basically how I imagine most cops in real life to be which is completely useless He doesn t solve shit all instead he accuses everybody and anybody and when suspects are basically narrowed down to the last one he goes I ve solved it It s like my fucking dog has solved it at this point man The murder of young women and the use of snowmen as creepy calling card was interesting for the first bit then you have to trudge through 70% of the novel and about a million forgettable suspects before you get to the end which saved this novel from being given a 1 star rating The end is quite thrilling The murderer is found out, you get a glimpse into his mind which is alway my cup of tea , and then there s the chase and all that lovely action The only problem is you have got to be very patient and get through a shit ton of humming and hawing over the case to get to that juicy ending All and all is it worth it Not really the ending is good but I had to read a fuck ton of nothing before anything of interest began Also I m just going to go out on limb here after reading my second Harry Hole novel and assume that Jo Nesbo only writes women as whores, victims or crackpots Women in his novels are either ruled by their Vaginas or their emotions It became so sexist I wouldn t have been surprised if Harry Hole declared the murderer was a woman on her period PMSing hard Can Harry Hole have a strong female in his life whose panties don t seem to disintegrate around him because he soooo irresistible The writer has mentioned numerous times that Harry Hole is borderline ugly, just sits in silence, and drinks all day I haven t been to Norway but my god is the prospects that slim that the slurring drunk at the bar is the only option for these stunning ladies Until Nesbo learns how to portray women as the strong complex creatures we are, I think me and Jo Nesbo are going to have to part ways from here

  5. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    If you like a complicated plot with a lot of characters and many twists and turns, here s the book for you Nesbo, a Norwegian author, is one of the Scandinavian noir mystery police detective writers This book is one of a dozen he has written featuring the police detective Harry Hole Nesbo is obviously a brilliant guy Consider that he is also a professional rock musician and song writer, and that as an economics major he has been a stockbroker and journalist Until sidelined by an injury, he If you like a complicated plot with a lot of characters and many twists and turns, here s the book for you Nesbo, a Norwegian author, is one of the Scandinavian noir mystery police detective writers This book is one of a dozen he has written featuring the police detective Harry Hole Nesbo is obviously a brilliant guy Consider that he is also a professional rock musician and song writer, and that as an economics major he has been a stockbroker and journalist Until sidelined by an injury, he was a professional footballer soccer On to the story in peaceful Norway, for years now, after the first snowfall of the season, someone builds a snowman in the yard of a woman and then shortly brutalizes and kills her Sometimes body parts and personal items are found in the snowman The perpetrator he she is obviously toying with the police.It s a long book 500 pages in the paperback I read and during the story, Harry solves the case five times You read that right four times during the investigation, the police think they have found their man, but they were wrong It s truly amazing to think that Norway could produce five people capable of dismembering women and taunting the police by leaving clues in a snowman, but there you have it, and it s a tribute to Nesbo s writing that these five scenarios and the clues and motives all seemed plausible at the time.It s also a tribute to Nesbo s writing that I never felt lost or overwhelmed by the complicated plot you just have to make a bit of an effort to keep track of character names We get a lot of local color of Oslo and Bergen and we follow Harry s personal life he s an ex alcoholic along with that of his ex , her son and new male friend An attractive young woman who is one of Harry s detective partners provides interest too A good read top image from henriksen.deviantart.combottom image Snowman by OhLizz on deviantart.com

  6. Justin Justin says:

    So I can t remember if I m watching TV or maybe I m listening to some NPR podcast or something, but I hear about this movie called The Snowman directed by the same guy who did Let the Right One In and based on a novel by this Jo Nesbo dude Hey Jo Nesbo I know that name I ve seen his books floating around on Goodreads I ve seen people I know, love, and respect reading, loving, and recommending his books But I found myself in a bit of a dilemma I started thinking about all the other time So I can t remember if I m watching TV or maybe I m listening to some NPR podcast or something, but I hear about this movie called The Snowman directed by the same guy who did Let the Right One In and based on a novel by this Jo Nesbo dude Hey Jo Nesbo I know that name I ve seen his books floating around on Goodreads I ve seen people I know, love, and respect reading, loving, and recommending his books But I found myself in a bit of a dilemma I started thinking about all the other times I ve tried to read a mystery thriller book from a series Patterson, Coben, that Girl with the Dragon Tattoo guy, Connelly, etc I always start strong, but those books have never really done it for me They re fine, but they never really go beyond fine I like books that are beyond fine In fact, from now on, when I really like a book, and someone asks me what I thought about the book I read and liked, and I have a chance to respond, and I also love commas, anyway, I m going to start responding by saying, Man, that book was beyond fine Ask me what I thought about Jo Nesbo s The Snowman Go ahead I ll pause here and give you a chance to ask Oh, I m glad you asked I thought this book was beyond fine A solid four stars I don t know five stars would be Maybe extraordinarily beyond fine Exceptionally beyond fine Incrementally beyond fine The Snowman is beyond fine This is the seventh book in the Harry Hole series, and it s the first book I ve read, but I never really felt lost or confused There are some references to prior events and characters, but things are explained well You can read this one without starting with The Bat I hear The Bat isn t all that great anyway It s below fine, I guess Nesbo weaves together a very intense page turner with characters that matter and twists that actually make you pause and drop the book for a sec before you can continue I blew through the second half of the book In fact, I woke up early this morning just so I could read the end of the story and I am not a morning person Thank God for coffee Can I get an amen I m excited for the movie I m excited to readNesbo I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was caught up in this thing, and the ending did not disappoint Oh, and on a side note, I liked all of Nesbo s music references He threw out names like Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch He s got good taste Well, he mentioned Slipknot a few times, too, so maybe not Check this one out Let s hope the movie is just as good Or at least beyond fine

  7. *TANYA* *TANYA* says:

    Intense I loved it I really really liked the authors writing style It was detailed, unique, and very intricate I was googling stuff left and right Lol I can t wait for the movie with Michael Fassbender Yum

  8. Harry Harry says:

    Here s the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you re a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn t care less about the distinction the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism in short, whether you re reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the cours Here s the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you re a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn t care less about the distinction the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism in short, whether you re reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the course, ennui is imbued into the populace as it is also reflected in the works of prominent Russian writers Anna Karenina comes to mind Just as we continue to struggle here in the States with our history of slavery and the resulting racial tensions, so do Europe and Scandinavia struggle in coming to terms with Nazism and the Bolshevik revolution More than a few reviewers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Nordic writers pre occupation with Nazism And yet, the rise in popularity of these Nordic thrillers here in the States is puzzling given our strong tendency towards literary Romanticism We like for the good guys to win, we like emotion, we like our heroes as opposed to anti heroes we enjoy free will, and in general consider ourselves in control of our own lives.Having said that there is excellence in Literary Naturalism The above doesn t mean we can t enjoy a well written novel, an intriguing mystery, a flawed anti hero, a well crafted story written in the style of literary Naturalism It doesn t mean we can t enjoy the works of Jo Nesbo I did.In Jo Nesbo s wordsI come from a family of readers and story tellersWith a librarian mother and a father who sat before the fire and told the kids stories they wanted to hear each repetition bringing something new to the tale Jo s foundation was carved in stone Again, in his own life story we sense the determinism filtering into his life he wanted to be a soccer star but an injury put a quick stop to this with a dreadful feeling of fate guiding his life he entered the military in the hopes something would happen what happened was Self Discipline thinking he might want to be an economist he entered the world of finance which he abandoned as well someone told him he could play guitar he only knew 3 chords and he formed several bands, Di Derre being the most successful and finally he wrote on an airplane to begin with and he never stopped The Redbreast is Jo Nesbo s third Harry Hole pronounced Hooleh novel the other two not being translated for a US audience as of yet and is Nesbo s claim to fame So, this is where we start Yes, the books should be read in order For an American audience, Harry Hole can be likened to Harry Bosch he defies authority, is an outcast within his own organization, is best left alone to do this job his office is at the end of the hall , isof an anti hero than a hero, has trouble with his romantic life, lives alone, has a fierce propensity for justice as opposed to the Law and once let loose is like a pit bull with a bone fastened to his jaws But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo s devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero Upon reflection, American hard boiled writers don t come close to accomplishing the same This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself Bjarne M ller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance It s in what he calls our accursed nature That s why we always end up on our own I don t know I like being alone Perhaps I have grown to like my self image of being a loner, too.I think you have to find something about yourself that you like in order to survive Some people say being alone is unsociable and selfish But you re independent and you don t drag others down with you, if that s the way you re heading Many people are afraid of being alone But it made me feel strong, free and invulnerable.Andah, yes, there is the matter of plot So how do we justify this decided streak of fate determinism within the novels with Nesbo s apparent mastery of plot The two seemingly ought to contradict each other On the one hand, we have Nesbo s almost Shakespearean tendency to cast characters as marionette puppets on the strings of fate the very opposite of plot , while on the other hand we are riveted by the very complex actions and reactions made by Harry Hole during his investigations Nesbo is a master at not adding anything superfluous to his novels Perhaps it is an unholy marriage between the two that transfixes us His plots are intricate, very complex, the seemingly irrelevant details exposed throughout the novels become larger than life as the story closes, and they can weave through time, forward and backward, as the story unfolds But, with a little alacrity, we can remember we are reading Naturalism and so it isn t always Harry Hole making events happen, but rather the reverse, it is the events that move Harry Hole Again, it is a matter of preference but in Nesbo s case it is done with utter expertise as a writer.The exposition setting is often Scandinavia the weather is somber, the descriptions grey like, the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn, if not bundled and sequestered And yet, the dialogue and scenes are full of references to other millieus , continents, languages, and cleverly hidden philosophical references that speak to a widely cultured audience as opposed to American writers of this genre who rarely venture beyond the borders of their land, if not their own State And as with plot, there are no superfluous details Everything in the novels matters and Nesbo does not forget even the tiniest detail to which he s made a seemingly furtive reference earlier on in the story This is one of the biggest reasons why I love Jo Nesbo.I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Nesbo s The Redbreast and am currently reading the remaining Harry Hole novels I remain intrigued by events left undone such as the fate of our undiscovered villain in this and other stories You ll just have to read the novels to find out .Oh, yes, as with other series this review is likely to be repeated for all unless there is a drastic divergence from what I have written here So, if you ve read this review, you ve read em all Enjoy

  9. Matthew Matthew says:

    2.5 to 3 starsEhI know I have mentioned something along these lines in my previous Jo Nesbo Harry Hole reviews, but I feel like he writes to intentionally confuse the reader and I am not sure it is in a good way Sure, we all love to be pulled into the complicated web of a mystery But, when things get so out there and are going is so many directions that you cannot keep up any, it is no longer fun If I were to diagram this book, I would put some big, fairly straightforward plot poi 2.5 to 3 starsEhI know I have mentioned something along these lines in my previous Jo Nesbo Harry Hole reviews, but I feel like he writes to intentionally confuse the reader and I am not sure it is in a good way Sure, we all love to be pulled into the complicated web of a mystery But, when things get so out there and are going is so many directions that you cannot keep up any, it is no longer fun If I were to diagram this book, I would put some big, fairly straightforward plot points I was able to keep track of at the top nice, straight arrows linking them But, I am reminded of the anecdote where the duck calmly moves along the surface of the water, but its feet are going crazy below Underneath the main plot points are hundreds of random plot points scanning various different time frames and linking to each other in very bizarre ways The points and arrows in this area would end up looking like a plate of spaghetti and meatballs Your response to this might be, Matthew, well, you just are not smart enough to understand all the intricacies Perhaps, but I have read other intricate mysteries and have stayed interested and aware of what was going on with little to no confusion So, there is just something about the way that Nesbo writes that just loses me.Also, while I don t mind sexual content in the book if it moves the plot, some of the random references in this book were quite extreme and seemed to be thereto shock than anything else I can give them a little leeway for developing the personality of a couple of characters, but still seemed a bit much In the end, they didn t bother me, but you may want to proceed cautiously if they might bother you.I will say that the main plot points were interesting and enjoyable to follow Also, once I got everything sorted out in my head it led up to a pretty decent climax Why continue with the series you ask Well, someone gave me book 8 in the series The Leopard a few years ago and I have been working my way up to it I haven t minded going through the series a few of the books have been pretty enjoyable , but I am not sure I would have stuck with it if I did not have the goal of book 8

  10. Sheilagh Sheilagh says:

    if this had been the first book i d read of the series, it would also be the last the other end she exclaimed, removing her hands from her face we ll have to begin at the other end in bergen no, harry whispered with the last air he had left in his lungs bergen s not an end could you he looked up at her saw her dark eyes fill with tears IT S MY PERIOD, she whispered.honestly i m amazed i bothered to finish i was completely unable to get lost in the characters or believe the if this had been the first book i d read of the series, it would also be the last the other end she exclaimed, removing her hands from her face we ll have to begin at the other end in bergen no, harry whispered with the last air he had left in his lungs bergen s not an end could you he looked up at her saw her dark eyes fill with tears IT S MY PERIOD, she whispered.honestly i m amazed i bothered to finish i was completely unable to get lost in the characters or believe they could be real people snippets like the excerpt above just tell me the author believes very driven women who put themselves through law school and later work their way through a mostly male police force would use menstruation as a crutch couple that with all the transparent naming of movies bands and i feel like i knowabout the author himself than i do about a detective about whom i ve now read four books

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