Book Review: The Thirst

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

Dates Read: 22/02/2021-10/03/2021

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

There seems to be such a lot of crime fiction around, I frequently end up reading it even though I wouldn’t say that it’s one of my preferred genres. Still, this is the second of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series I’ve read (after the Bat, which was both my and the series first – it feels like it was maybe 10 years ago or more but was it even translated into English then?). However, it’s totally irrelevant that I’ve missed 9 instalments in the series, you really don’t need to read them in chronological order.

Hole is a great character – gnarly and flawed but brilliant at what he does. He’s like your favourite uncle – the one that seems to lead and be immersed in his exciting life. The plot is complex, there’s lots of misdirection to keep you guessing and a few ‘a-ha’ moments. This is a weighty tome and it took me probably till a couple of hundred pages in before I felt immersed enough in the story to not be distracted, but once I passed that stage I really enjoyed it. There are some tangents which felt a bit like scene-setting for future instalments, and if they weren’t that then they’re definitely padding.

The narrative evokes the environments well, the characters are well drawn and don’t always behave in the manner you’d expect them to, which is great. There’s plenty of crossover between the good and the bad protaganists and Nesbo fans will be delighted that the ending points to more Hole to come.

On the whole, I enjoyed this read. A 5 star review from me has to be an absolute cracker, 4 is good but this misses that mark for me because of those first couple of hundred pages. I’ll probably end up reading more Harry Hole in the future, but as I say, crime fiction really isn’t my favourite of genres. If it is yours though, knock yourself out! You’re really going to enjoy this one.

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