Synopsis: Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.
My review: I downloaded this book as a free arc fro netgalley purely because the author is on my list to check out but also because it’s just been released as a film. My first impressions were being confused that this has been picked to be a film. Reading it I can’t imagine it being cinematic enough for the big screen; perhaps to me it would be more suited to a 2 or 3 episode mini-series.
There’s quite a few twists and turns n the book. Reading on kindle I got to 70% and wondered what was left to tell but thankfully some god twists kept me going. Having not read earlier books I’m unsure when certain characters are introduced so I don’t know if the killer was introduced in this one or there’s been a slow build over a couple of books (that would be quite cool actually)
I liked the characters, being the 7th book they’re quite established. I didn’t feel like I’d missing anything with the characterisation by joining in late. There’s enough backstory (without it being overkill) to work out who is who and what they do.
Overall I really enjoyed this and while not enough to be paying extortionate cinema prices to watch I will probably go back and read the rest of the series.