After a long time I finally finished a book. I had a little break in between my last book because I had to read a lot of books for school and thus, I didn't had the energy to read a book in private again. But here we go with a new book review and let's say it straight from the beginning, I used to hate crimes, but this book makes me loving them!
Before I start I want to mention that I am not going to much into detail because I don't want to reveal the whole plot or important details.
In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.
Deeply traumatised by The Snowman investigation, which threatened the lives of those he holds most dear, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. But with his father seriously ill in hospital, Harry reluctantly agrees to return to Oslo. He has no intention of working on the case, but his instinct takes over when a third victim is found brutally murdered in a city park.
The victims appear completely unconnected to one another, but it’s not long before Harry makes a discovery: the women all spent the night in an isolated mountain hostel. And someone is picking off the guests one by one.
I was a bit shocked of the length of the book, because 610 pages full of one crime can be quiet intimidating, especially if you are a beginner in crimes like me. However, Jo Nesbø makes it possible that the times flies because of the changing settings and constantly changing goals. In this novel, the protagonists, are not searching for one detail 610 pages, they rather work on a lot of different goals which at the end and even many times in between the novel come together like a puzzle. The characters of the novel are extremely interesting. Especially the appealing figure Harry Hole is with his anti heroic behavior (alcoholic, anti-authoritarian and melancholic) very interesting. Besides the crime plot, the novel also deals with love, rivalry, illness and grief.
Additionally, Jo Nesbø introduces new characters really intelligent and shows similarities between the new character and the murder and links them directly to the crimes. This causes that you automatically start guessing who the murder is, which I started to do for the first time ever, and seriously, you don't have a clue who the murder is reps. I have NEVER thought that this person is the murder.
In conclusion I would say that Jo Nesbø did an incredible good job with his new novel. With his changing settings, goals, various characters and the fact that at the end you want to be the one who solves the crime, he involves the reader and keeps the excitement until the end.
You still don't believe me? Go into your bookstore, immerse in a new world and enjoy the book!