The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Published by: Knopf Doubleday
Published on: May 10, 2011
Page Count: 400
Genre: Crime Fiction
My Reading Format: Audiobook won by participating in a June is Audiobook Month contest.
Audiobook Published by: Random House Audio
Narrator: Robin Sachs
Audiobook Length: 15 hours 38 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback (on 4/17/2012), eBook, and Audiobook
Giveaway: Random House Audio sent me two copies of the audiobook when I won one of their June is Audiobook Month contests. I’d love to spread the wealth (be forewarned that you may permanently be scared of snow). Just leave a comment to this post before the 24th and you’ll have a chance to give this book a listen for yourself.
Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.
Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.
Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.
Review from My Bookshelf
Jo Nesbø scares the crap out of me. Couple his story about a deranged serial killer who combines the season’s first snow with calculated attacks against women with the narrative skills of Robin Sachs and I spent the length of this audiobook on edge. It was a gift from God that this winter was the mildest winter of my lifetime. Barely a flake of snow fell. Had we gotten the one snow of the winter while I was listening to The Snowman, I might have had to write this review from a padded cell.
Okay, I exaggerate just a little. Still, serial killers who target and torture women and my stomach don’t mix well. Buffalo Bill of Silence of the Lambs fame did such a number on my tummy that the very sound of Ted Levine’s voice still creeps me out 20ish years later. I think it is a sign of a job well done that Nesbo’s line “I want you to eat snow” had very much the same effect on me. Granted, I have a weak stomach, but in my estimation Robin Sachs corners the market when it comes to narrating sick, twisted, demented, psychopaths. I mean that as a compliment of the highest order.
While there were plenty of suspenseful scenes, there were sections of The Snowman that felt long. There was one two many twists and turns and perhaps because I’ve not listened to the preceding books, I wasn’t as interested in Harry Hole’s back story and career. The meat of this novel is an excellent thriller and I highly recommend the Jo Nesbo/Robin Sachs tag team.