Book Review – Police by Jo Nesbo

Hey Everyone,

How are you all?

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Police by Jo Nesbo

The police urgently need Harry Hole.

A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can’t help anyone.

For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone.

Least of all himself.

Published: October 2013
Published Edition: August 2014
Publishers: Vintage
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 640

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 5/5

Review

I was soo sceptical about picking up this book, even though I read The Bat before this book but it was the first book in the series while this book was the 10th. I read Phantom which is the book before Police about three years ago and I could not get into it. I can’t remember much about what happened but I remember reading it and not really enjoying it. BUT this book is a huge step forward, a whole new change around and I loved it.

This book starts off with a death of a police officer, the new Chief of Police wants everyone to be part of the investigation. Katrine Bratt, she was introduced in The Snowman and worked alongside Harry through the investigation. Katrine believes that the mass of people investigation is too much and should be a small group of people like how Harry used to do in the previous books. Katrine enlists co-workers who have worked alongside Harry such as Beate Lonn, Gunnar Hagen, Stale Aune and Bjorn Holm, they all believe that someone has strong intentions to change the police system by targeting them.

I really liked this book, I thought it was a new fresh change to the story. I liked how Harry was no longer a police officer and that he was changing things around with Rakel and Oleg. In about a third of the book, there is not a lot of Harry, you don’t know where he is and I really liked that. I liked that it wasn’t revealed until later where he was and it intrigued me to continue on with the book t find out more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I went through a lot of emotions. I was shocked, cried and even cheered at times throughout the book. I felt that this was a perfect comeback after the not so great book of Phantom. I haven’t seen The Snowman (movie) and after learning about the changes that they did with the plot, I am not sure that I would want to watch it. After reading all of the reviews of the movie, at the back of my head I thought “They should have done a film of this one, this one would be better” I think the topic like this book would be more gripping and give a better introduction to Harry Hole. What do you think?

Overall, this book is amazing and I am excited to pick up The Thirst.

Happy Reading xx

Book Review – The Bat by Jo Nesbo

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.

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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: 🌟🌟🌟

Review

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?

TTT – Top Ten Tuesday | Books With Red, White and Blue Covers

Hey Everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks theme is Books With Red, White and Blue Covers because it is the fourth of July in America but it also included that you can do books with covers matching from your own country. Since I am from the United Kingdom it was obvious that it would be red, white and blue but I seem to have a lot of red and white or blue and white.

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Hope you are having a lovely day

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TTT – Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me

Hey Everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me. I think if you can look through this list, you’ll understand the ideal place I would like to go to. Most of these books are set in a place in small communities and homes in a very secluded area like a cabin in the woods type. I don’t know why it’s an ideal place but I have always wanted a home that is far away from people and surrounded by trees and animals.

Also sorry that some of the pictures are smaller than the other ones, I got them on Goodreads.

 

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Peasebrook Valley – The Forever House by Veronica Henry

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Orcas Island – The Search by Nora Roberts

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Ozarks – The Witness by Nora Roberts

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Illinois – Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

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Sweden – Steig Larsson

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Norway – Jo Nesbo

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Rockton – The City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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Cotswold – Katie Fforde

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Cornwall – Poldark

 

TTT – Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Decided To DNF Too Quickly

Hey everyone,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and Bookish and has now been transferred to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is Books I Decided To DNF Too Quickly. I could only think of books that I couldn’t get into or ones that I have tried and failed.

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Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

I couldn’t find the plot interesting and while I was listening to the audiobook I got completely lost as to who is who.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I found the book very hard to get into, I’m one of those people that want to give books a chance even when I’m not enjoying them but I could not find anything interesting and gave it up. I am selling it on my Depop if anyone is interested.

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11.22.63 by Stephen King

I have had this book for 7 YEARS. I can still remember getting it. This isn’t the only book by Stephen King that I have put down on this list. I remember picking up the book, reading a couple pages and gave up. LOL.

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A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I love the TV Show but I can never get into the books. I started reading it last year but I could only get as far to the Baratheon/Lannister arrival to Winterfell. Much like Colour of Magic, I was listening to the Audiobook but I couldn’t get myself to enjoy it. Another year to go…

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Carrie by Stephen King

Another Stephen King novel, I thought it would be interesting but I wasn’t enjoying it and gave up.

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I go into a phase where I would get a few of the books by a certain author in order to get myself to their work and hope to enjoy them but after reading The Rat series I wasn’t much interested in picking up the others and ended up selling it.

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The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo

Apart from Cockroaches and the two recent releases of the Harry Hole series, I have had this book for years and I could never get into this book. I could never get as far as the first chapter.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I picked this book up back in 2015 on my trip to Thailand and I found the book to be very hard to get into, of course, I was sitting by the beach on Koh Samet enjoying the sunshine, the relaxation and the company. Check out my Instagram if you are interested in seeing it. I guess I got distracted from where I was than the book.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

I borrowed the book from my school library and I remember getting very into it but I ended up giving it back to the library. I don’t remember why but I did.

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The 13 Problems by Agatha Christie

Or any Agatha Christie book. I have only read three of her books so far and I really enjoyed it but I haven’t found myself wanting to pick up more of her work. I have only read one chapter of The 13 Problems and haven’t returned since.

What are your answers? Let me know xx