The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

The Snowman

The Snowman is a crime novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, published in 2007. The story follows Norwegian police inspector Harry Hole as he investigates a string of murders of married mothers around Oslo.

Each victim is found with a snowman at the murder scene, and Harry’s FBI training leads him to search for links between the cases. The novel explores themes of family, love, and obsession, as well as the psychological toll of investigating violent crimes.

What I Liked

The writing, plot, and character development are all right on. I’m a big fan of Scandinavian fiction (ever since Girl with The Dragon Tattoo). I don’t know what about it resonates, but it’s good crime fiction.

What I Did Not Like

Like Murakami, Nesbo’s work is super-dark and really strange. It’s not horror or shock fiction or anything. It’s pretty straightforward crime fiction, but it’s weird…so even though I like the books, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend them to just anyone.

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