Book Review | Knife by Jo Nesbo

Hello,

I am back with another review. I picked this book immediately after The Thirst and now I need to know when the next book is coming out because he CANNOT leave of with an ending like that, I refuse.

Knife by Jo Nesbo

HARRY HOLE IS ABOUT TO FACE HIS DARKEST CASE YET.

Harry is in a bad place: Rakel has left him, he’s working cold cases and notorious rapist and murderer Svein Finne is back on the streets.

THE FIRST KILLER HARRY PUT BEHIND BARS IS OUT TO GET HIM.

Harry is responsible for the many years Finne spent in prison but now he’s free and ready to pick up where he left off.

A MAN LIKE HARRY BETTER WATCH HIS BACK.

When Harry wakes up with blood on his hands, and no memory of what he did the night before, he knows everything is only going to get worse . . .

Published: June 2019

Published Edition: Januray 2020

Publishers: Vintage

Pages: 640

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Note: Sexual Assult, Alcohol, Infidelity

Review

After reading The Thirst, I felt very excited to read Knife. It wasn’t until about a couple of chapters into the book was when I started to cry, I have never cried while reading a book by Nesbo yet somehow this one hit home.

It starts eighteen months after The Thirst, Harry and Rakel are not good, she kicked him out and Harry is back working with the Police, mostly sorting through cold cases. But there is a man from Harry’s past that he feels is back to his old antics, he believes Svien Finne is back to hurting women and killing them, but of course Harry can’t prove it. Until something else shakes him. (I know that I might be spoiling people who have not read any of Nesbo’s work, especially this series but I have to because it is an integril part in this book) Harry finds out that the woman that he has loved for over ten years has been killed in their own home. When I read this, I could not believe that Nesbo could do this to Harry, I could not understand who would do anything like this towards her.

I said in my previous review that Nesbo is like an old fashioned bottle of whiskey and now he has brought me to tears. I have never been emotional over a character’s arc in a book before, this was the first. Rakel was the embodiment of Harry’s hopes and dreams, she was the pure hearted person that Harry could see himself with for a long time, she was someone that he aspired to prove that he could be a better man. But, of course, Harry is a sleazy man that cannot stop falling down the bottle of Jim Beam and also into other womens bed. It’s one of the things that I don’t like about Harry, he is a great detective, great step-father but a terrible man who thinks about his sexual drive than his love life.

While reading this book, my expectations were really low and honestly I didn’t want the book to end. Mainly beacause it would take quite some time for another book to come out which I wish it should come soon because how could Nesbo leave that little tease at the end, I am dying over here. This book put me through a lot of emotions and I could not handle the outcome. The reveal of who killed Rakel still shakes me as I am typing this review, I have soo many questions as to what the outcome in the 13th installment.

This book sort of mirror’s The Thirst, it’s dark and creepy. The way the writing has portrayed into this dark cold blooded town with the victims and even the suspects. The way how he made Finne as a heavily mental man with a vengence against Harry, to fight for control over the crimminal system and still make you feel that man deserves to be shot. Also introducing characters that had a potential link to the case, making you feel like Harry and you are desperate for answers. You also had the return of an old work colleage, Kaja Solness who assists Harry with his own personal investigation.

I honestly cannot believe that I have to wait for another year or two for the next installment because I feel as if I want to know what happens next, when will I see Harry again? What is he doing? I just hope that he has chosen to do something good for himself and not drown himself with another bottle of Jim Beam.

I have been in this crime reading binge in the last couple of days and I feel like I should re-read Nesbo’s previous books, it’s been forever since I picked them up. Currently I am reading Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell who is a Swedish crime novelist, somehow I always enjoy crime novels by Scandanavians.

I hope you are well, the weather looks great where I am and I will be returning to work soon, so hopefully some normality would come soon. While I have enjoyed being in isolation for the first month (It’s been three months!), now I am just itching to go back to work.

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