The Snowman

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This in one of the Detective Harry Hole stories and a first for me. So, as usual, I’m reading the series from the middle rather than from the beginning.

The narrative moves about in time, which I f

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ound a little tiresome as I did have to flick back to previous chapters from time to time. The story begins in November 1980 and specific snippets of information are held in this scene, but their importance does not become apparent until much later in the story.

The plotting is incredible with twists and turns in the police investigation that kept me on the edge of my seat right the way through to the very end of its 550 pages. Despite the excellent plotting, I found the pace a bit pedestrian. Even the chase and the final capture scenes, seemed to me, to be less than break-neck speed.

I liked all of the characters, even the baddy! They were all very well drawn with their own individual idiosyncrasies, strengths and weaknesses. It was easy to identify with them and understand their choices. The central character, Harry Hole, I found particularly interesting. He carries emotional scars, he has a history and he’s a brilliant policeman, all of which adds up to an engaging lead character. So engaging, that you can forgive him his failings.

As this is book 7 in a series of 11 novels, there are references to past cases and previous incidents involving Harry and a couple of the other characters. Whilst the connections were made clear, I still felt as though I had not fully understood the real significance of the referrals to the other stories. But then, I will insist on starting a series of books in the middle, won’t I?

An absolutely brilliant read and I will be reading all the rest of these books, but in the right order!

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