Rating: 5.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: A great mystery with surprises at every corner, and characters that keep you suspicious!
Oslo’s top detective, Inspector Harry Hole, is famous for both his knowledge of serial killers and his ability to drink himself into a stupor. But when Hole receives a mysterious letter in the mail referencing “the snowman” and women start to go missing after a snowman has inexplicably materialized in their front yards, the detective starts to suspect a serial killer is on the loose in Oslo with a particular interest in Hole’s past. But this mystery goes deeper and further into the past than anyone imagines, and The Snowman’s ability to play tricks with the police complicate the case even more. Can Harry Hole catch The Snowman before he strikes again?
I love detective novels, but I’m always wary of starting a new series. It can go one of two ways: I hate it for being cheap and overly vulgar (James Patterson’s Alex Cross series, anyone agree?), or I love it and need every book in the series to read at that very moment. The Snowman being the first book I’ve read of the Harry Hole series (but the seventh in the series), it immediately fell into the latter group when I finally finished the last page. As soon as the book was closed, I went straight to Amazon and bought the first three books in the series.
I found the plot of this mystery incredibly unique, the plot twists riveting and suspenseful, and the character of Harry Hole an immensely interesting case study himself. The crime, the mystery, the psychosis of both the killer and the detective were all so incredibly well-developed, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and trying to piece it all together myself. I rate The Snowman by Jo Nesbo a MUST READ, and I cannot wait to dive into the rest of this series!