A New York Times Notable Crime Book of 2011
“A book as fathomless as the snow, as luminous and abstract as Beethoven’s Late String Quartets and a very jarring and unique literary experience. It exists on a recognizable plane of propulsive energy undercut with the irony that moulds all kind of fiction, including my own.”
“Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel comes along, something so gripping that it recalls classics such as The Silence of the Lambs. Jo Nesbø has pulled it off with The Snowman.”
— The Sunday Times
"Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbø's one of the few who keeps them there."
— Linwood Barclay
“The Snowman is a superb thriller. Jo Nesbø is astonishingly good; he knows how to grab you, by the throat and by the heart.”
— Jeff Abbott
"The Snowman is a masterpiece."
— Der Spiegel (Germany)
"Nesbø writes in a way that has adrenaline pumping through your veins. The Snowman is the kind of book you devour in one greedy gulp, and that stays with you long after you've put it down. And all that is left is a plea to the author, from all of us who are deeply hooked on Harry Hole: More, Nesbø, more!"
— Fredriksstad Blad (Norway)
“With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision, to my own satisfaction, on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. After finishing Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, I hesitate no longer. The Norwegian wins. . . . This is crime writing of the highest order, in which the characters are as strong as the story, where an atmosphere of evil permeates, and the tension begins in the first chapter and never lets up.”
— The Times
“The Snowman is certainly the most disturbing of Nesbø’s books, with a spine-chilling quality that evokes the English master of the macabre, M.R. James. . . . With its tensile-steel narrative grip, this most ambitious of Nesbø’s crime novels banishes any fears that the omniscient serial killer scenario has been exhausted.”
— The Independent