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The Snowman (Harry Hole #7)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  44,191 ratings  ·  4,136 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)

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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
James Thane
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Cathy DuPont
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
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
(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
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
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.
(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
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
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
Bill Ward
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
This is the first Nesbo thriller I read. It is not a bad story at all. Nesbo writes well. It's just that, while reading it for hundreds of pages at a time, I realized how tired I am getting with all these ultra violent and sick psychopath stories. It is as if these thriller writers are in some sort of competition who can come up with the most gruesome murders. Especially Scandinavian writers seem to be real specialists, also with their TV series. I would like to see some lesser sickness and some ...more
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!
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Обичам и Хари Хуле, обичам и Корморан Страйк.
Докато Страйк се развива пред очите ти, Хуле е перфектен във всяко едно отношение, нямайки смисъл от въведения за личността му, по простата причина , че това не е първата книга от поредицата, ката няма смисъл от представяне.
Криминални романи рядко чета не защото не обичам, а просто, защото имам "сезони" в живота си, в които предпочитам различно по жанр книги, най-често ги редувам. Но, когато си набележа кримка, тя винаги е строго издържана и няма к
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
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
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
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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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