Hey Everyone,

I have been reading like mad, I have been having quite a lot of days off from work and have decided to take the opportunity to use that time and read, read as many books as I can. This is one of the books that I read last week on my couple days off.


The Bat by Jo Nesbo

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl on a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will only talk to Harry.

Published: 1997
Published Edition: January 2017 (2oth Anniversary)
Publishers: Vintage
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Pages: 425

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟


I haven’t heard much about this book but I had already known that it was the first book that introduced Harry Hole. Harry goes to Australia to assist with the police with a homicide of a young Norwegian girl. Now this book does give the acknowledgement to the character of Harry Hole (Hole is actually pronounced as ‘hoo-leh’, which I didn’t know until now), he drinks (a lot), smokes all the time and gets investive in the case.

For an overall review, the book is quite good. It’s not great but it gives a base coat of what Nesbo has created for the series. I found that some parts of the book were unnecessary, around the beginning of the book Harry meets a lot of characters and through them he hears a lot of stories, stories I think that drift the focus away from the crime, there are times in the book where some characters ask Harry how the investigation is going and I am reading it almost yelling at the book saying “I don’t know, for the last couple of chapters he has been listening to stories and sleeping with a Swedish barmaid!” Ok, I admit it, it did get frustrating with me and at times I wanted to put the book down.

If I had started the series from this book, I probably wouldn’t continue on. I don’t exactly have much to say about this book, I do have Cockroaches which is the second book in the series but I honestly don’t know if I will get to it any time soon.

Have you read the book? Or Have you picked up any of the books in the series? What do you think?

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