THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbo @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK #JoNesbo #MichaelFassbender #HarryHole #Movie

Firstly I wish to thank Sophie Painter of Vintage, Penguin Random House for inviting me to read and review this awesome Book, THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbo, in anticipation of the FILM RELEASE 13th OCTOBER Starring Michael Fassbender


  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (14 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUY96








The first snow will come.

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother’s favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman.

And then he will appear again.

As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.

And when the snow is gone…

When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry’s worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

…he will have taken someone else.



This Block Buster of a book has now been made into a well anticipated Block Buster movie being released in to the cinemas on the 13th October. I am, to say the least, extremely excited but also relieved that it is Autumn and not a winter night in December. Whoa what a shudder that just created! I knew before I see the film I had to read the book first as it intensifies the visual effects so much more.

The first fall of snow caused more than a little curiosity in little Jonas because he knew he hadn’t built a snowman in their yard and if he had it would be turned to look out onto the road not at his house. It unsettled the child but in the night when he looked for his mother in her room she was gone and the pink scarf he had bought her was now round the neck of the snowman.

Inspector Harry Hole doesn’t really play well with others, in fact there were times when he seemed to achieve better results and with greater clarity the more he drank. So when a second Snowman appears along with the disappearance of another woman off his patch in Oslo, followed by a letter addressed for him from the creep claiming responsibility, it is game on.  A game of cat and mouse but which is which is another matter.

Harry is put in charge of the investigation of Norway’s first ever serial killer as the race against time goes into over drive. The gruesome reality soon begins to surface and with more digging the regularity of mothers going missing in the surrounding area over the past years soon forms a pattern with the coming and going of the snow.

This does become quite a complex story so full on concentration is really needed. Then just to keep you on your toes you have to cull all the red herrings. What you are left with is one hell of a story that made me look out of my bedroom window at the end of August, just to be on the safe side before I got in bed. Harry partners up with Katrine Bratt newly arrived from out of town. She has quite a mystery about her that I thought I wouldn’t crack. Talk about a plot, well obviously I won’t but read for yourself it really is a beauty. This novel can be read as part of the series of Harry Hole books or as a stand alone. Just enjoy and pray for a warm winter.

I was more than happy to see the translation from Norwegian to English had been undertaken by Don Bartlett as I knew that the voice I would hear would be Jo Nesbo.

I wish to thank the publisher for an invite to read and review this book which I have done honestly.


Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 34 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.




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