The Thirst by Jo Nesbo – Harry Hole #11

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read in the Harry Hole series. This made me a bit worried since I felt that I would be missing out on a lot of details but a lot of people assured me that I would still enjoy the story as a standalone. With these reassurances, I began my journey into the world of Harry Hole … and here is my review:

In the latest novel featuring Inspector Harry Hole, Harry is hunting down a serial killer who uses Tinder to find his victims. Each victim is a self-declared Tinder addict. On examination of the body, there is only one clue: fragments of rust and paint in her wounds. Harry does not want to get involved with this case; he promised himself that he would never go back into the field. But there’s something about these murders that grabs his attention. Despite his promises, and in spite of all the risks, Harry throws himself back into the chase, in search of the monster who got away.

As someone who is completely unfamiliar with this series, I felt I was at a disadvantage. There were all of these subplots and character interactions that I didn’t feel like I grasped 100%, so my experience fell a bit short. That being said, this is still a very well-written and engaging thriller. I was swept up in the chase from the beginning and could not put this book down. I really liked Harry’s character; he is so flawed yet so perfect in his role as a detective. The mystery itself was really well executed and I enjoyed watching it all come together. All of the characters were well developed and I enjoyed finding out how everyone was connected, even if my understanding was superficial compared to that of a fan of the series. This novel has definitely shown me what I am missing, and you can bet that I will be getting myself into this series as soon as I possibly can!

Happy reading ~

 

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

I waited almost a whole two months to read this book. During that time, I heard lots of raving reviews about this novel and this author, making me even more anxious to read it. I was so eager to read it that I started reading it while I was working (I’m so lucky that no one caught me doing that)!

Olav is a fixer. He was terrible at robberies and drug cartel work but people soon found out that he had a penchant for killing people. But it is a lonely life and for a man as simple as Olav, it can make him quite sad. Until the day he meets the woman of his dreams. Who is actually his boss’s wife – and his next target to kill.

This book moved along very quickly but it took me by surprise because of the way it was written. The language was as simple as the main character and this simplicity was what really made this book irresistible for me. I loved the main character; I found it impossible not to love him. The story was so good that I was sad to finish it (it was rather a short read, to be honest). I would recommend this to anyone looking for something unique, refreshing, and short!

Happy reading ~