Books for Breakfast #6

Book Reviews

This time is was Nesbo time! I read 2 Nesbo books in anticipation for the 10th book in the Harry Hole series that comes out in October, called The Police! So be prepared for my gushing all about Jo Nesbo. (Because I love him)
This time I read:
The Leopard
The Phantom
(Both by Jo Nesbo)
The Leopard was a book I wanted to buy earlier, but never got around to it until now. It comes right before The Phantom, so basically these are the only ones I’m reading in order. Anyways, Jo Nesbo certainly has an interesting style of writing. (One my mother hates, but my father likes) He jumps around in perspectives quite frequently, and on occasion you don’t actually know WHO is talking (like when it’s the killer, but you don’t know who the killer is obviously) So you have to pay attention to the different characters, and some of them have Norwegian names since Nesbo is Norwegian. The humor is a bit dry I suppose, but I read these for the mysteries and the murder, not for the occasional humor. (Plus, you learn to love the lead detective Harry Hole. He’s so messed up, but you just have to love him anyways.)
So. Onto The Leopard! This follows a revenge killer in a way similar to The Snowman. (The name of the killer from the book before this one, called The Snowman) There are a lot of twists, as per usual, surrounding the killer. I feel like near the end of his books my heart is always pumping faster as I’m reading, especially when he goes through the whole motive behind the killings and set by set what made the killer do what he did. The Leopard pulls a lot from The Snowman though, so it might be beneficial to read that one first. Actually….please read them all in order, don’t be like me. Things will all make more sense if you read them in order.
The Leopard was gripping and had some terrifying situations. It’s like reading an action movie.
HOLY FUDGE MUFFINS TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS AND GOOD GLORY ANCHOVIES WHILE FLINGING YOURSELF OFF A STEEP MOUNTAIN RIDGE INTO A RIVER OF FRUIT PUNCH I DID NOT SEE THAT ENDING COMING I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO BREATHE RIGHT NOW.
The Phantom is the 9th Harry Hole book and, since I’ve fallen in love with some regular characters, really gave me shivers only a few chapters in. I can tell this is going to be a good one! The main theme of this one is drug gangs and the violence/murder in that world.
As per usual Nesbo style there are an ungodly number of twists and turns as you suspect a new person with each chapter and then gasp when the turn players of the murder game are spelled out for you in the end. Oh my dear goodness, this was quite the book.
My dad read this before me, and he told me that he thought it was the last book in the series, and I could see how it would be a perfect book to end the series. But, alas, it isn’t! Number 10 (The Police) comes out soon in October. So now, now I am VERY curious as to what will happen next. Unbelievably curious!!

Next on my list are: Book Lust & The Death of Bees

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • First of all, this… "HOLY FUDGE MUFFINS TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS AND GOOD GLORY ANCHOVIES WHILE FLINGING YOURSELF OFF A STEEP MOUNTAIN RIDGE INTO A RIVER OF FRUIT PUNCH I DID NOT SEE THAT ENDING COMING I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO BREATHE RIGHT NOW."… is the best part of a review I've seen yet. 🙂 I have been meaning to read a Nesbo book but haven't yet. Every time I see a cover I think, "oh, that's totally me." By golly, I need to get around to reading one.

  • thank you for the lovely comment! Nesbo writes some thrilling crime mysteries, especially the Harry Hole novels, but sadly the 1st book hasn't been translated…but, the others have!! If you have a chance grab one!!