Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Snowman

Around the World in 52 Books - 8/52 (Norway)

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Click here for my Goodreads Review.

4 out of 5 stars


I like a good mystery.  And this was a good mystery.  I couldn't wait to get into my car and head to work each morning to listen to Harry Hole's adventure with the Snowman.

I don't know what to write my commentary on.  It's easier when there is something controversial in a book, or when I dislike a book.  But it seems that the more I like a book, the harder it is for me to write anything more than, "Wow!  I loved this story!"

Maybe I'm just a critical person by nature.  So maybe I'll write more about the elements of the story that kept it from being a 5 star for me.  Snowmen are not scary, and as a serial killer's calling card, they are not efficient.  The murders happen during the first snowfall and likely there isn't enough snow to build a snowman.  Plus, it's time consuming to make a snowman.  There would be a lot of footie-prints left for forensic analysis.  I understand the reasons why the killer chose this as part of his MO, but I didn't think it was realistic.

I think that's the best I can come with.  I'm too stressed and unfocused right now.  I have little energy for anything but to park my rear in my chair and play mindless computer games (Mine sweep) and read.

I've been reading other books than just this challenge.  According to Goodreads I'm 3 books ahead on my 2012 goal and 1 book behind on the Around the World challenge.  Maybe by tonight, I'll have book 9 out of 52 done.  And that one will likely generate a bit more of a commentary.


  1. Never heard of it. Thanks, Janice.

  2. I can definitely relate to the reading thing. I'm 3 books ahead on my 2012 reading and 4 books behind on the Around the World challenge. =( Hopefully both of us will catch up soon!

  3. I know this book is like #8 in a series... any reason to start from the beginning?