Friday, 19 August 2011

Book Beginnings On Friday

I've already used one Jo Nesbo book for a Book Beginnings On Friday post a few weeks ago, and this week sees me opening another of this author's books.

Book Beginnings On Friday is a weekly meme hosted at A Few More Pages. Just share the opening line or two of the book you're reading, and give your opinion of that opening. Then go back and take a look at what everyone else is reading!

So, my Jo Nesbo book of choice this week is 'The Snowman'. I've decided it's probably a good idea to give you an idea of the genre in case you're unsure, as there's been a bit of confusion in the past! Jo Nesbo has been dubbed as 'the new Stieg Larsson', so 'The Snowman' is a Scandinavian crime/thriller story.

Here's the opening:

"It was the day the snow came."

I love how ominous this sounds! There's always a correlation between bad weather and impending doom in film and literature, so to have foreshadowing right from the start is exciting. In addition, I'm sure we've all seen some sort of disaster or chilling thriller film where all sorts of scary things go on in the deathly silence and loneliness that snow brings, or amidst blizzards, so if they're anything to go by, this book should be a real nail-biter. I think this is a fantastic opening (in fact, the whole of the first chapter is very chilling!), and has me anxious, excited and intrigued all at the same time, so can't wait to read more!

What's your opinion?


  1. I like the beginning. I like "snow" in my novels.

  2. This very much reminds me of the beginning of "A moveable feast" by Hemingway, but that went even more medias in res. I love bad weather in my books.
    Isn't Jo Nesbo a thriller author? I vaguely remember to have heard about him.

  3. You're absolutely right that those lines yield a sneak peek into something that will definitely be of great importance.


  4. Oh oh oh - a new Swedish crime/thriller writer. This one is definitely getting added to my TBR pile. I loved the Steig Larsson novels!

  5. Sounds like something bad is about to happen! Love the opening.

  6. I have this book in my TBR pile somewhere, so I am now incentivised to go and search for it.

    I love opening lines that really set the scene for the tension and theme of a book and those few short words certainly do that.


  7. I love weather in books, too! This certainly sounds promising.

  8. I enjoy being a follower and reading this series on your blog, but this line is particularly gripping. Change the word "snow" to "wind," and it would perfectly describe how I felt the day Hurricane Katrina hit. I've never seen rain come in sideways through a building before!

    BTW, I left a comment for you on Marlena Cassidy's blog,


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