“The Snowman”

snowmanI just saw the motion picture “The Snowman” based on the book by Jo Nesbo, and wanted to read the book. It is number seven in the Harry Hole series, but it is not necessary to have read the previous books to be captivated by this one.  Any needed backstories are included as part of the plot.

Of course, as with most movie adaptations, the book was better, so much better. The movie was interesting, but shallow and superficial when compared to the intensity of the book. The book was more detailed and compelling; the characters had more depth and complexity, and the snowman itself was more disturbing.

Harry Hole, a specialist on serial killers, is chasing a terrifying serial killer all over Norway, one who is mocking Hole by leaving snowman as a calling card. The pace of the book is intense and almost frantic as Hole pursues the serial killer. Time is the enemy as each chapter reminds us of how many days have passed and how little time remains to find the killer.

Clues fall like snow, but also like snow, they melt as clue after clue lead down the wrong path. There are secrets, traumas and startling revelations that none of the players anticipated. And even when the quest seems to be over, is it really?

This is an intense story filled with suspense, drama, and violence. It is creepy, compelling, addictive, and horror-filled. You will not be able to stop reading until the last detail is resolved.  I am still shivering. See the movie first, because after you read the book, you will be disappointed in the movie.


This is the first book I have read by Jo Nesbo, but I am absolutely adding Nesbo to my “must read” list.