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Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbo’s anti-hero 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 app...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sharon
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...more
Harry
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
Sheilagh
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...more
Miles
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...more
Melki
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...more
Ed
Nov 21, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Jennifer
(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
Kim
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
Snotchocheez
(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...more
Jessi
This is probably more of a 3.5 , I feel bad I am giving it the same rating as The Mating but I enjoyed them about the same, but this is most defintley the Better book.
I did not know this was a series and this was the 7th of said series, but it wasn't really a huge issue, as far as I know.... there may have been a few references that I did not get, but if I'm being honest that happens a lot to me regardless of if a book is part of a series or not.
As a mystery, I thought it was really good, I kep...more
Morticia Adams
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
F.R.
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...more
Andrea Bowhill
Review - The Snowman (Harry Hole, Book Seven)

Little snowflakes start to fall taunting us with what's to come. Flurries grow stronger settling softly on the ground, powdery and fluffy at first but darkness soon takes hold, the cycle turns. Subfreezing temperatures, crystals formulate and yet dipped in magical moonlight everything sparkles and glisten. This brings a gentle calm of all things white and beautiful..............until someone builds a Snowman!

November Oslo, Jo Nesbø brings us into hi...more
Trish
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
Boof
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
Melissa
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Sunny Shore
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
Joana Esteves
Viciante e muito envolvente! Na verdade são 4 estrelas e meia, e a meia que falta deve-se apenas ao facto de ter suspeitado relativamente cedo de quem seria o assassino. Ainda assim não foi por isso que perdi o interesse na história (até porque queria saber se estava certa...) e o desfecho e as "explicações" foram fantásticos!

Aguardo ansiosamente a adaptação para cinema!
Verovsky Brandão
Espectacular! Uma história urdida com um desfecho tenso e emocionante! Adoro o autor :)

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Teresa Lukey
The Snowman is definitely a wonderfully crafted creep-fest. I found this book more engaging than the one Henning Mankell book I have read, but not what Stieg Larsson crafted in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, although it is much easier to follow. These Scandinavian authors definitely have their own slant on crime writing and I seem to enjoy these crime novels above any other.

Although this is the 7th book in the Harry Hole series, I cannot recall one good reason why you should not just delve int...more
Carol
Who would have thought that snowmen could be frightening? Clowns, yes, but snowmen? Mind you I've never been overly fond of the stuff snowmen are made of but they've never given me cause for fear. Not until I read Jo Nesbo's The Snowman.

I usually start a series right bang at the beginning but after hearing about The Snowman, I just couldn't wait. Imagine a snowfall, then looking out your window to find a snowman gracing your yard; one not of your making. Nothing sinister about that, except; loo...more
Carol
Mar 31, 2011 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of taut thrillers
Recommended to Carol by: publisher supplying ARC
Who would have thought that snowmen could be frightening? Clowns, yes, but snowmen? Mind you I've never been overly fond of the stuff snowmen are made of but they've never given me cause for fear. Not until I read Jo Nesbo's The Snowman.

I usually start a series right bang at the beginning but after hearing about The Snowman, I just couldn't wait. Imagine a snowfall, then looking out your window to find a snowman gracing your yard; one not of your making. Nothing sinister about that, except; loo...more
Sarah
Maybe it's the weather - dark, cold, long winters - that influenced the writing of authors Steig Larssen and Jo Nesbo. The Snowman is told more concisely than the Dragon Tattoo series, but no less richly. The characters are precisely and fully drawn, the plot is tightly woven, the crimes are horrific, the dialog is smart and the moral and philosophical beliefs (guilt, revenge, ethics) driving the characters are as prominent as their resulting actions.

I like reading stories in international locat...more
Suad Shamma
I know there are a lot of Jo Nesbo fans out there, and honestly, that is one of the main reasons I ventured to buy this book. I went looking for it because of the great reviews it received, and I was in the mood for a good mystery novel.

Not this one. That's for sure.

I was quite disappointed with this book and how it turned out. It started out well enough for me, I thought for sure this is going to be interesting. I loved the idea of a killer going after mothers and wives and then leaving a sno...more
Vesela
Обзалагам се, че всеки прочел тази книга вече ще се оглежда със страх и ще потръпва, ако види в двора си снежен човек, незнайно от кого направен....
Първата книга, която прочетох от Ю Несбьо беше "Спасителя" и като че ли не ме впечатли особено много.
С тази обаче положението беше съвсем различно! Дали защото винаги съм си падала по класическите истории за серийни убийци, дали защото е изключително добре написана и държи в напрежение - не знам, но я четох с интерес от началото до края!
Заключението...more
Ellie
I could barely put it down-good, clean, hard-core serial killer fun of the Scandinavian persuasian. Make room, Criminal Minds!-The Snowman has made me a rabid fan of author Jo Nesbø. Also of the lead detective, Harry Hole, another important entry in the Matt Scudder, world-weary, alcohol-sodden hall-of-fame cops/ex-cops/p.i.s towards whom, sadly, I have a strong attraction.

I was up half the night reading this. Loved it-trust me to start with number 7 in a series! Luckily, the book isn't big on...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next published in the series (in English).

A woman disappears and a few months earlier Inspector Harry Hole had received a threatening note. He is convinced that their is a connection. Then a second woman disappears. Harry and his detectives soon discover a disturbing tale of women, married with children, who have gone missing without a trace over a chillingly large number of years. The clues will take him down so many false roads that his job is on the line not once, but twic...more
Nancy Oakes
The Snowman is Nesbø's fifth book to be translated into English, and once again features Harry Hole, a detective working for Oslo's crime squad. It is a novel of Scandinavian crime fiction, and my cover has a little sticker on it that says "The Next Stieg Larsson," but don't believe it. The two are completely different in terms of their writing styles and subjects. Plus, as I've been known to ask before, who exactly made Stieg Larsson the be all and end all of Scandinavian crime fiction? In my h...more
Sonia
I had this in my bookcase for ages, but kept getting put off of reading it by the huge ‘The Next Stieg Larsson’ sticker that was rather prominent on it. I don’t have anything against Stieg Larsson, but it seems rather ‘cashing-in’ on the fact that the Millennium trilogy has been so popular.

I’m glad that I HAVE finally got around to reading it though – it was a very good read.

And I’m not really sure what the similarities are to Stieg Larsson, apart from the fact that it’s a Scandinavian thriller...more
Lakis Fourouklas
Jo Nesbo is one of those writers that seem to get better and better as time goes by. The Snowman is the seventh novel he’s written having as the main protagonist Harry Hole, a detective who can in a way remind the reader of the various clichés, but which at the same time blows all those clichés into pieces. He looks just like an acrobat, walking on a tightrope all the time, becoming the favorite target of his colleagues when anything goes wrong, fighting with his addiction to alcohol, falling do...more
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