Book Review: Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø

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Format/Device: ebook (Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2)

Current Price: $4.99 CAD

Genre/Themes: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Love


(From Goodreads)

Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer.
When you ‘fix’ people for a living – terminally – it’s hard to get close to anyone.
Now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams.
But there are two problems.
She’s his boss’s wife.
And Olav’s just been hired to kill her.


I discovered Jo Nesbø last year, when I read his book The Snowman, which I absolutely loved. But Blood on Snow? It was a huge letdown, to say the least. I really wanted to enjoy it, and the description was intriguing to me. I was expecting as much action and an intricate plot like I got in The Snowman, but it just wasn’t there for me, and that’s where I think my high expectations ruined this one for me (but can I really be blamed? I was TOTALLY blown away by The Snowman!)

The only reason why I kept reading this book was because I bought it, it was short, and the main character, Olav, was actually intriguing. Despite its shortcomings, I was interested to find out what happened to Olav. He’s the hitman who fell in love, so of course I’m the type of person who wants to know what happens to him! The ending was pretty good though, not going to lie about that. But getting to ending was a struggle, and based on my impression of The Snowman, I was completely left disappointed with this novel.

The plot was boring at times, somewhat predictable, and there was no suspense factor to the whole story. I think that’s what made it so upsetting for me – I love suspense, but I just didn’t get it in Blood on Snow. I almost wanted to even learn more about the underground crime ring, and what went on behind the scenes, I think that would’ve been a nice touch.

Will I stop reading Jo Nesbø? No, absolutely not. This one book doesn’t change my opinion of him as a writer, but I do kind of regret purchasing this book. If you’re interested in a quick read though, I suggest borrowing this from the library or off someone who  has it.

Final Grade

I REALLY hate to do this, but I have to give Blood on Snow a 2/5. I just can’t even begin to have it register in my brain that the same author who wrote The Snowman wrote this. Still a huge fan though, but not of this book.





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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

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