Book Review – The Thirst


by Jo Nesbo (Harvill Secker) ISBN: 9780385352161

Jo Nesbo comes highly rated as a world-class crime writer, with this novel falling into place as the 11th Harry Hole thriller.

The dour lead detective is enticed out of retirement once again as a vicious killer comes to light in Oslo. It becomes more sinister when he discovers that the killer is linked to the only failed case in his career. I can’t say much more than that without giving away some exquisitely crucial plot details. But I can say that I was riveted!

The pace is relentless; the story is gripping, and our picture of Harry as a human being expands. It’s got plenty of gruesome details, if that’s what you enjoy. But for me, it’s the intricate threads of the story that capture my imagination.

For some people, time heals. For others, it just offers more opportunities for revenge. Themes like technology, Tinder dating, powerful women, psychological stability and even vampires make this a brilliantly contemporary and exciting read, without losing any of the appeal of this series. The translator, Neil Smith also deserves to take a bow for bringing us so much of the Norwegian mood and character.

The Thirst is a brilliant tale that made me gasp out loud.

Judy Ward
5/5

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