The Snowman – Book Review


The Snowman is the 7th book in a series with the main character being the tall,  Harry Hole. For several years women involved in adulterous affairs have been disappearing. Sometimes their bodies are found and sometimes only parts of them are. This book takes place in Norway during the first snow – the hunting ground of the Snowman. There are several suspects and the story line twists and turns until it comes to an ending that leaves Harry maimed for the rest of his life.

The beginning and the end were really good in the book, but it did get a little slow and long in the middle. As the book was ending there were several times the author purposely mislead me and that was great! Those twists and word play made this book a good read, but it still could have done without a lot of the long descriptions in the middle.

I have never read this author before and I probably wont again. He used too many cuss words and there was mindless sex throughout the book. Also, the story in itself wasn’t that good. He did do a good job in surprising me who the killer was, but nothing more. I really didn’t like Harry, but this can be because I don’t “know” him from the other 6 books Mr. Nesbo used to develop this character.

I really don’t recommend this book. It was long and Harry Hole was the typical broken, alcoholic detective. I don’t think it brought anything new to the thriller/mystery genre. I did find out the book was turned into a movie. I am still trying to decide if I will see it or not. Probably not.

If you are interested in reading this book, you can order it here.

Peter and the Starcatchers – Book Review

No Spoilers.

This book is about beginnings. It tells the story about how Peter becomes Peter Pan and sets the stage for many adventures. It also tells us about how Tinkerbell came to be. All the important Disney Neverland characters that we enjoyed in our childhood come alive in this beautiful book.

I began this book by reading it out loud to my children, but it did have a lot of sea jargon and soon the littler ones started to lose interest, so we discontinued the book. The book is probably best for tweens or younger teenagers. My 12 year old really liked it, so he is reading it on his own now.

The book is very well written and is funny. The authors developed the characters very well and the ending comes together with two epic pirate fights. The pirates are just scoundrels (as they should be) and the authors capture the strong female role superbly. I really enjoyed Molly and her sense of honor and strength.  The ending was perfect and I respected the decision made by Peter. His logical conclusion about his situation was exactly what a boy in his circumstance would have done. Peter had to grow up quickly in the harsh world he had lived in, so I can see why his thoughts come with so much maturity. I wanted him to make another choice, but in the end it was for the best.

I recommend this book to the tween, teen, or even the adult who likes fun and adventurous books. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the series. Also, any Peter Pan fan would also love this book. It is a very believable beginning for the loveable characters of the Disney classic: Peter Pan.

You can buy this book on Amazon here