Thursday, June 23, 2011

Whoa, Jo!



It is official. I have found another book to tell everyone else about and recommend far and wide. Jo Nesbo's The Snowman hooked me from the first page. While it seems a bit unfair to compare one book to another, there are a lot of aspects of this one that remind me of Stieg Larsson's books. The setting would be the first- oh, so many names and places that I was intrigued by. A wide cast of characters. Suspense. And more suspense. By the end of this book (which I read on my kindle) I was racing through, needing to know how this ended up.


The brief synopsis: There is a murderer on the loose, who happens to leave a snowman as his calling card. There is also a detective who had been on the case that has been missing for twelve years. Harry Hole has been joined by a new detective, Katrine Bratt who are determined to identify this serial killer who is on the loose. As they get closer to identifying this person, there are more women - and men - killed.

When I first heard of this book, I was not interested even one little bit. The cover just didn't do much for me, and even though I know better than to judge a book by it's cover, I will admit to such shallow behavior. However, after I heard about The Snowman every time I turned around, I decided that that many people couldn't be wrong.

The best news is that Harry Hole is a recurring character in three other Jo Nesbo books. Guess what I will be adding to my TBR list.

The Snowman may just well end up being my "sleeper" pick of the summer.

7 comments:

Kay said...

I can see from your thoughts (and those of others) that I need to read this one. The whole cold aspect is appealing right now too as we have experienced one of our hottest Junes. I'll get to this one soon.

Peaceful Reader said...

I don't know if I can read it-just the picture of the cover creeps me out. I'm glad you enjoyed it and perhaps I will live vicariously through that!

Marce said...

I can't wait to read this one but I have to be honest and say you are the 2nd to make reference to Larsson and I was not a fan so I am starting to be a little concerned.

Marce said...

BTW - Tina, do you know if this is available to loan? Would you be interested in loaning me and I can loan you one of mine?

My email is marceblogspot(at)hotmail(dot)com if interested.

Fourth Musketeer said...

I bought this one for my husband for father's day. Haven't read it yet. He said it was "OK" but that's his review on just about everything! I've been on a Scandinavian mystery kick reading the Inspector Wallander novels of Herman Mankell, which I had missed when they came out. Highly recommended if you haven't tried those!

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

I bought this for my husband for Father's Day too! But he hasn't started it yet. Could be awhile...he is a very slow reader. :)

Lisa said...

we have this from the library. I hadn't intended to read it (I got it for Mike) but I'm starting to think I should.