Goodreads: 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.
Started this book last night at work and finished it around 5 am this morning. Was it “permeated with evil” as advertised? Did I love it so much that I couldn’t put it down? Why spend 10 hours straight reading it?
Well, this was my first Jo Nesbo book – a coworker recommended it to me and I was so bored at work that I decided to give it a try. I am not sure I will be reading this author again but we shall see what happens after my mind has had more time to mull it over.
The writing was well done, if long-winded in several spots. Characters appeared to be well thought out though I didn’t really connect with any of them. My coworker heard me say, more than once, as I was reading it that the book was rather boring to me which I think is a result of not connecting with the characters.
It wasn’t hard to figure out who the killer was and it annoyed me that the main character, Harry Hole, too so long to pick up on them. It also annoyed me that the person who had a serious mental breakdown was “cured” and allowed back into police work – from my 8 years in police work, I can say that would not happen.
Overall, I give the book a C+ – I think about 100 pages could have been cut from the book which would have given it a faster pace and better flow.