#413 ~ The Snowman

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.

Publisher’s Description:

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.


  • At 2012.03.19 01:05, rhapsodyinbooks said:

    I think publishers did not do Nesbo a favor by publishing this book first. I was fortunate to have started with earlier books, and so I cared more about Harry than about this particular aberrant plot! :–)

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    • At 2012.03.19 08:51, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      I remember you tweeting about the snowman your family built in your backyard earlier this year. I haven’t tried Nesbo yet, but really want to. Thanks for the giveaway.

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      • At 2012.03.19 10:00, A Bookshelf Monstrosity said:

        Dang, that sounds pretty awesome! I’ve been looking for a great creepy thriller…how many books come before this one in the series?

        • At 2012.03.19 11:55, Beth F said:

          I have been beat over the head with this series — and love the narrator. Thanks for the giveaway — hope I win so I can join the Nesbo fan club.

          • At 2012.03.19 13:10, Ti said:

            No need to enter me as I have read this one already but I loved it! I read them all out of order but that can’t be helped since they were translated and published all out of order. Humph! I still have Nemesis and Redbreast to read and I think one other.

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            • At 2012.03.19 21:26, Sheila (Book Journey) said:

              This sounds spooky and I have been wanting to read this author for awhile now… maybe audio is the way to go on this one. And being from Minnesota…. and currently it is storming in March which is so odd….a good snow story may be just what I need 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

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              • At 2012.03.19 21:37, Emily said:

                Ummm . . . I don’t think I’ll be reading/listening to this one. I do not want the crap scared out of me right now.

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                • At 2012.03.20 20:09, Kailana said:

                  I have been hearing a lot about this author, but I don’t tend to read a lot of books of this nature. Is your give-away open international? If so, one of my goals of the year was to listen to more audio books.

                  • At 2012.03.20 20:19, JoAnn said:

                    I’ve been wanting to read this author after all the raves from Jill and Sandy. Thanks for the giveaway!

                    • At 2012.03.21 22:24, Tallulah Scribbles said:

                      I still haven’t been able to watch “Silence of the Lambs” all of the way through. We didn’t get any snow this winter so I should be okay to read this … at least until the end of this year.

                      • At 2012.03.22 20:20, Poof Books said:

                        I had to throw my hate in the ring cause of your tweets about this one and my DH is a and we are just finsing our way to audiobooks we can listen to together which is soooo much fun.

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