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The Snowman (Harry Hole #7)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  49,493 Ratings  ·  4,392 Reviews
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 ap
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Knopf (first published 2007)
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Kerry The Harry Hole books do all work independently though if you read later books first they contain 'spoilers' relating to the regular characters,…moreThe Harry Hole books do all work independently though if you read later books first they contain 'spoilers' relating to the regular characters, primarily the officers and their families. Most obviously, if you know a particular character appears in a later book that they are not going to die in a seemingly perilous situation in the older one.

As Holger says, you do not need to have read the previous ones to be able to follow the story but there are references to events that have already happened. I have read the series completely out of order and it has not spoilt my enjoyment.(less)
Olaf Anders Hi there, I reckon the mould catalysed Harry's thought of solving the snowman case. As the mouldman appears so early in the book, like in chapter 2…moreHi there, I reckon the mould catalysed Harry's thought of solving the snowman case. As the mouldman appears so early in the book, like in chapter 2 from memory, Nesbo employs this scene particularly for embedding the thought that 'if there were blood spilled on the wall, why not paint the whole wall red', for solving the mysterious third chicken heads and the bloodstain on the floor at Ottersen's barn. Mouldman's letter precisely gives Harry the connection between the two.
And on the last page, mouldman, once again, carries out his ordinary job which he's dedicated to, and says the same lines. All in all I think the mouldman represents our daily life in a busy society. This very last paragraph reflects a normal scene from a normal life, as long as life continues. On the other hand the case is solved, everything went back to normal, like in chapter 2.(less)

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Jul 14, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-thriller
Although Nesbo is apparently a household name abroad- especially in his native Norway- he is just starting to receive acclaim in the States. His reputation appears to be well-deserved.
Admittedly, I did have to work a little to get into the book at first. The Snowman is the seventh Harry Hole novel, so I felt a bit like I was overhearing the middle of a conversation. I also had somewhat of a learning curve to overcome when it came to the landscape, characters, and the political structure of the N
Here's the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you're a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn't care less about the distinction: the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism; in short, whether you're reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism. If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the cours ...more
Glenn Sumi
Apr 25, 2016 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-usa-can-uk
This is my first Jo Nesbø novel, but it won’t be my last.

I’ve wanted to read Nesbø for years, and the fact that this book – considered one of his best – is currently being made into a film, starring Michael Fassbender as the jaded, alcoholic Oslo detective Harry Hole, was a selling point.

I bought a three-eBook bundle for $4.99 (including Harry Hole books 7-9), and am so glad I went that route. It helped immensely to be able to search people and place names in seconds. Not being Norwegian, the n
Jul 19, 2011 Sheilagh rated it it was ok
if this had been the first book i'd read of the series, it would also be the last.

'the other end!' she exclaimed, removing her hands from her face. 'we'll have to begin at the other end. in bergen!'
'no,' harry whispered with the last air he had left in his lungs. 'bergen's not an end. could you ...?'

he looked up at her. saw her dark eyes fill with tears.

"IT'S MY PERIOD,' she whispered.

honestly. i'm amazed i bothered to finish. i was completely unable to get lost in the characters or believe the
James Thane
Nov 06, 2015 James Thane rated it really liked it
This is the seventh entry in Jo Nesbo's series featuring Norwegian Police Inspector Harry Hole, and it may be the best thus far. Hole, for those who haven't made his acquaintance, is a maverick who prefers to work alone and to play by his own rules. He struggles with alcohol; his personal life is a mess, and, as a practical matter, he lives for his job.

Early in his career, Harry gained some fame, or notoriety as the case may be, for catching a serial killer while he was detailed to a case in Aus
Oct 09, 2010 Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I can promise you one thing; my days of making snowmen are over. No more! The British winter isn’t far away and if one of my neighbours decides to build a snowman in our quiet, secluded street, I’m booking the first flight to Barbados and running! I’m not kidding; this is one hell of a creepy crime thriller! – They don’t have snow in Barbados do they?

Two days ago I entered the world of the snowman and within seven pages I know I was hooked. Psychologically it scared me to death; I guess it had t
Dec 26, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it
This book met all my requirements for a good thriller:

1) It kept me on the edge of my seat for much of the time, AND the loads of suspects and false leads kept me guessing.

2) There were interesting characters with not too much backstory on each.

3) The suspenseful and bloody buildup led to a satisfying conclusion.

Strange, that what chilled me most about the book was not the creepy serial killer, but the thought of someone working diligently in my yard, making a snowman that stares not out onto th
sweet jane
Dec 07, 2015 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Χιονάνθρωπος είναι ένας παγωμένος λαβύρινθος λέξεων. Τα πρώτα του κεφάλαια, και είναι αρκετά, είναι αργά και δυσκίνητα. Έπειτα όμως, όταν ο αναγνώστης βρίσκει τον χρυσό μίτο του Νέσμπο, ξεκινάει μια λαίμαργη πορεία προς την ελευθερία και τελικά την λύτρωση.
Το 7ο βιβλίο της σειράς του Χάρυ Χόλε ακολουθεί πιστά το μοτίβο των προηγούμενων του. Αν αγαπάτε το Χόλε, θα λατρέψετε και αυτό το βιβλίο. Προσοχή όμως! Καλύτερα να το διαβάσετε μετά τον «Λυτρωτή», γιατί κάνει κάποια spoilers.
Feb 17, 2015 ☮Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, my-media-mall
Hole-ee schmole-ee. This was quite a roller coaster ride. A serial killer has been killing women for years in Bergen, Norway, and then in Oslo, where Harry Hole is on the case. There are a dozen murders to solve, and almost as many suspects introduced along the way. One after another, suspects come, and suspects go. I was very gullible and believed that every one of them could be guilty. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Lela rated it it was amazing
I really started this two days ago. Enjoyed Snowman so much! Never read one of Nesbo's books so didn't know what to expect, but so many people recommended this to me because I like mysteries and non- American police procedurals . (Because they are not as full of guns.) The writing is good, loved Harry Hole's sardonic view of the world and his snarky sense of humor. I did figure out the bad guy eventually - had a couple of other candidates first, though. There are some sexy scenes and if the "f" ...more
Morticia Adams
Nov 27, 2011 Morticia Adams rated it it was ok
This might have been worth three stars, because I quite enjoyed it, but I’ve been stingy and given it just two, because of the disproportionate number of five star ratings it has, which I don’t think it deserves. It’s not a bad read by any means, the story is engaging, gripping at times, and genuinely creepy in places. But it’s far too long, so many red herrings it became tedious, and there were some utterly pointless non-sequiturs (eg the mould man, or was I missing some subtle reference there? ...more
Είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο που διαβάζω του συγκεκριμένου συγγραφέα.Ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία,σφιχτοδεμένη πλοκή.Ένα παιδικό και αθώο σύμβολο που μεταμορφώνεται σε μια''δολοφονική''μηχανή.Ο συγγραφέας ακολουθεί την γνωστή συνταγή,πολλά ονόματα,εναλλαγή από το παρόν στο παρελθόν με σκοπό να μπερδέψει τον αναγνώστη.Ενδεικτικά,απ’όσο μπορώ να θυμηθώ,ο κύριος ύποπτος αλλάζει 4 φορές..Προσωπικά πιστεύω ότι ο δράστης δεν σου αποκαλύπτεται όταν το αποφασίσει ο συγγραφέας..αλλά νωρίτερα.Αν είσαι προσεκτικός αναγνώ ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nordic crime thrillers
This extremely popular Nordic crime fiction series features Inspector Harry Hole. The setting is cold November in Oslo. Harry tangles with a serial killer whose penchant is making a snowman to leave at the scene of each grisly murder. For the most part, I found the narrative to be suspenseful, and the protagonist is somebody I can root for although Harry has his inner demons to battle. Author Jo Nesbø has won another fan to his crime fiction series.
Mar 13, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Every time I see a snowman now I will be a bit creeped out ;-). Once in a while I got a bit confused while reading this but I still rate it 4 stars. Harry Hole is one of those detectives I'd like to meet sometime. Looking forward to the movie.
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Snowman', creeped me out! Lovely! It was sooooooo good! I was up all Saturday night because I couldn't stand not knowing how the book would end. There were three possible suspects, and I truly thought it could be any one of them up to the last chapters. I was completely unable to suss out the mysteries. I held my breath so often I damn near burst a blood vessel. Maybe I did.

There are horrors in life which I hope never cross my path and there are horrors that are deliciously fun - afterwords
Mar 29, 2010 Boof rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller / crime / mystery lovers
What a blast this book was! I loved every minute and every page. When I got this book I was so excited as I had already heard a bit of buzz generating around it and I do love a good whodunnit especially when combined with a rugged, loner Detective! I think Scandanavian crime novels are enjoying quite a bit of limelight at the moment and I did love Stieg Larssons books so I was very curious about this one too. Well, I picked it up last week to have a scan through and before I knew it I had read t ...more
Jul 23, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Mr A Serial-Killer-Novel. He likes gruesome deaths, herrings (preferably red), utterly preposterous twists and endings that have a little question mark to them. You’ll recognise Mr A Serial-Killer-Novel when you see him, as no matter where he travels – be it the USA, Britain or even Norway – he always looks pretty much the same.

And that’s my problem with this book. As despite this current obsession with Scandinavian crime fiction and despite all those posters on the Tube declaring Jo Nesbo
Έβδομο βιβλίο του μέγιστου Χάρι Χόλε και είναι πλέον προφανές ότι ο Νέσμπο (ή όπως στο καλό προφέρεται το όνομά του) έχει συγκεκριμένες εμμονές όπως οι ήρωες και οι κακοί των βιβλίων του (παρακαλώ να μην συνεχίσουν όσοι δεν έχουν διαβάσει το βιβλίο γιατί περιέχονται ψήγματα της εξέλιξης της ιστορίας που μπορούν να θεωρηθούν “spoilers”):
1. Πάντα κατευθύνεσαι σε δύο ή τρεις υπόπτους που όλα τα στοιχεία συγκλίνουν ότι είναι ένοχοι, αλλά πάντα αποδεικνύεται το αντίθετο και ο ένοχος αποκαλύπτεται στο
Cathy DuPont
Dec 27, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing
Harry! Harry!!!! Harry!!!!!! I'm backkkkkk.


Another one, Jo Nesbo, behind me and woe is me, only one to go before I catch up with the series.

This does not, I promise you, happen often, but I knew who the whodunit was early one...just a WHG (wild hair guess) on my part because I never (very, very seldom) even think about that as I'm reading. Just a WHG.

As I said before, my Goodreads friend Harry Roolart, recommended Harry Hoo-ley (Hole) and at the time, the first book, "The Bat
Jan 19, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it
Nesbø creates his best novel in the series to date, placing Harry Hole and the larger cast of characters in a fast-paced race to discover Norway's first serial killer. Hole is investigating a number of murders in and around the Oslo area, after previous detectives could not find tangible clues to tie them together or offer any insight. Hole discovers that all the slain women are married mothers and that a snowman stands outside their residence, a beacon of sorts. Using the apt moniker "The Snowm ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle
I would have liked to have given this novel more than three stars. After all, it has a lot going for it: an exotic setting (Oslo and Bergen are about as far away from my part of the world as it's possible to get!), an interesting hero of the flawed-and-dealing-with-inner-demons variety and a pacy narrative. Plus the fact that there is generally something pretty compelling about the better Scandinavian crime fiction. All of these factors made this novel a much more than okay read. However, I can' ...more
Jun 04, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2011
(3.5 stars) I usually like to start at the beginning of a series but The Snowman was getting so much hype I decided I couldn't wait to read 6 books to get there. So this was my first introduction to Harry Hole - a divorced alcoholic police detective in Oslo. Harry didn't seem that different from Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallender and the murder mystery plot was fairly typical of the genre. That being said, I devoured this book in only a few sittings and it kept me engaged throughout. There are a f ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
If you like your thrillers and mysteries really scary and blood chilling then this book is for you! I will never look at a snow man in the same way again. I have read a number of the Harry Hole books now and have managed to get past the fact that he is described as the now so stereotyped middle aged, alcoholic, ugly but still amazingly sexy man. I have decided my own mental picture of him (as I had to do with Jack Reacher and many others - most recently Cormoran Strike) and now I muddle along qu ...more
Artemis Slipknot
Mar 17, 2016 Artemis Slipknot rated it really liked it
Αν και τον υποψιάστηκα τον δολοφόνο, δίνω τέσσερα αστεράκια γιατί είναι πολύ καλό!!!
Mar 25, 2012 Snotchocheez rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars)

A little of the serial crime genre goes a long way for me: I like a well written, plausible, suspenseful (sordid and creepy) novel like my first encounter with Jo Nesbø's work has provided me, the über-wack madness that is "The Snowman". But once I've read something like this , I feel like I have to take a shower for an hour and a half, guilty that I took any pleasure in the (admittedly, fictional) sick machinations of an author's hyperactive imagination.

I don't know if it's just me
Bill Ward
Apr 29, 2014 Bill Ward rated it it was amazing
This is the first Nesbo book I've read featuring Harry Hole and as it is number seven in the series I plan to go back and read all the others from the beginning.
I really enjoyed this crime story, which had good twists and kept you guessing right up to the end. In fact you will change your mind more than once about who is the serial killer!
I liked the central character of Harry, which is always important if you are planning to invest time in a series of books. I also liked the Snowman, which app
Sunny Shore
Jul 10, 2011 Sunny Shore rated it it was amazing
You can't get a more perfect crime thriller. Around the corner, there are numerous unexpected plot twists and turns. This book by Jo Nesbo of Norway is the story of a detective named Harry, with a problemed past and brilliant mind. He is on the case of an unusual serial killer and along the way, we will meet some of the most interesting characters and witness some of the best plot choreography of this genre. Jo Nesbro sets it up beautifully. There are other books in the series, but this one seem ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Solid, 4 star, crime/mystery novel. Love Harry Hole. Maybe not as intense as some other books of this style but I liked it and would highly recommend if you're into this genre. Shout out to GR friend Tina for the recommendation.
Jun 12, 2015 Joseph rated it did not like it
The Snowman is a blizzard of cliches, a swirling maelstrom of silly nightmares and a great mound of nonsense. It's a serial-killer murder-mystery where the narration shifts so much and the details are handed out so inconsistently you feel like the author is leading you around by the nose. The red-herrings are numerous and obvious (multiple times, the police become convinced they've caught the killer; the back-slapping is so strenuous I'm surprised there aren't more injuries) and the depictions o ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One has to ask oneself why Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbø would create a mystery series with a protagonist named Harry Hole. Even allowing for the idiosyncracies of translation, this is a character with something to prove. He is teetering on the edge of a hole, which is growing larger the longer he works for the Norwegian Police Force on serial killings. He struggles with alcohol addiction, is separated from his wife and her child, and is accused by his colleagues of seeing serial killers in every ...more
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt ...more
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