After devouring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, I wondered if anyone could even come close to Stieg Larsson in whetting the appetite he pushed on me for dark, edgy, foreign thrillers. Well, it seems Jo Nesbo managed to do the trick with The Snowman. Set in Norway, Nesbo's book is about a serial killer who has a thing about women who cheat on their husbands. As the title of the book suggests, the killer usually does his deed when the first snowfall occurs each year, and to let people know he's been around he builds a large snowman that he adorns with some particular item belonging to the victim. While at times the procedural work by the police seemed to border on the ridiculous and mundane (which I'm told may have fallen victim to poor translation), the killer's imagination for performing his dastardly deeds never did. While I'm usually unaffected by what I read, this book gave me a nightmare after the first chapter! (But none after that!) Keep a warm blanket nearby while you read!
Submitted by Mary S. @ Bay View