Monday, 2 April 2012
Books: Scandinavian Crime Thrillers
I've got back into the habit of reading regularly and I hope you will forgive me indulging in a bit of book chatter. I mentioned a little while ago that I had started reading the Millennium trilogy. I enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo very much and quickly launched into the other two. I found the series as a whole immensely engaging but the second two aren't quite as fast paced as the first book. I tend to devour books whereas my husband reads at a slower pace, dipping in and out. He's reading them at the moment and has complained of 'nothing happening' whilst reading The Girl Who Played with Fire and I understand what he means but we both agree that it is well written, even in those inbetween bits.
Whilst I raced through the trilogy, I was aware that I was going to struggle to find a book that I would enjoy after such a gripping series. It's rather hard to let a characters like Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander go! Normally when this happens, I opt for a completely different genre to prevent any unfair comparison but I did the complete opposite on this occasion.
Jo Nesbo's The Snowman is proclaimed as 'the next Stieg Larrson' on the cover and indeed, this is another crime thriller written by a Scandinavian author. This would normal put me off but this book was given to me a friend who knows my reading taste very well, so I knew I had to give it chance. I took it along with me to my recent spa day and once I got 30 - 40 pages in, I was gripped.
It's more lightweight than Stieg Larrson and reminds me a little of the Ian Rankin novels in style. I did enjoy a smug moment having correctly identified the serial killer early on in the book. I discovered when I finished the book that The Snowman is the 5th novel in the Harry Hole series (yes, I'm not a fan of the name either). It does work as a stand alone novel so I don't think you need to read them in order but I am considering buying a couple of the earlier books from the series.
I'm undecided on what to read next, I have a little list but I would love some recommendations. Have you any of you read We Need to Talk About Kevin? I have avoided thus far as I am a little fearful that I will be traumatised.