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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like a phantom, this book will haunt you., 19 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Phantom: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 7) (Harry Hole 9) (Hardcover)
I have just finished reading this book and I have to admit that I am absolutely blown away. I am a devoted Jo Nesbo fan and I have read all the Harry Hole novels published in the UK. Jo Nesbo continues to excel himself and surprise readers. I bought Phantom on its first day of publication, really hoping it would be good after the disappointment of The Leopard. Phantom is set three years after the events of The Snowman (still my favourite Harry Hole novel) and once I recovered from the initial shock of discovering why Harry Hole has returned to Oslo, the story just kept getting better. Only a master of his craft like Jo Nesbo can begin a book from a rat's viewpoint and keep his readers gripped. Unlike The Leopard, every twist in this book is riveting and while nearly every character is flawed, their flaws only serve to make them feel more real. I was stunned by the final twist at the end and reading the book I actually felt a gut-wrenching pain in my stomach and horror at what was revealed. The cons of this book such as learning the back story through the eyes of a dead character (an unnecessary plot device, in my opinion), are far outweighed by the pros. Phantom is a fantastic, fast paced, exciting, thrilling and touching novel that packs an emotional punch. Although I recommend newcomers read all the Harry Hole series in the right order otherwise some of the novel's resonance will be lost. Phantom deserves high praise for being such a thoroughly enjoyable and brilliantly plotted novel with a lead character you really root for. While I think The Snowman is Nesbo's best work, Phantom reminded me of The Redeemer, another excellent novel in the series. I give Phantom five stars, not simply, for the novel itself, but for Harry Hole who, along with his creator Jo Nesbo, deserves to become the biggest phenomenon in publishing since the dream team of Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson. A delight from start to finish, Phantom is an unforgettable, masterful novel written by an author at the height of his powers. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read it, you won't regret it. 10 out of 10!
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Initial post: 27 Mar 2012 23:04:31 BDT
Bill Bell says:
Why does reviewers goes on about Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson when they are reviewing Nesbö(other than the publisher tries hard to sell the books as if they where similar to Larsson? They are light years apart. Nesbös books are about a middle age Norwegian policeman in Oslo and his life. Larssons are about a young Swedish female hacker and her journalist friend. See the similarities? Of cause not! There aren´t any. The Japanese also wants to cash in on the Larsson phenomena - I just saw a book in a bookstore that was advertised as"Japans Stieg Larsson". Well, Nesbö is good enough to stand on his own legs. Nesbö had published six Harry Hole books before Larsons debut novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2012 23:04:34 BDT
Oldbiker says:
With you on that Bill,not least because because I found the Larsson Trilogy over-hyped and not particularly well-written.
Apart from that a good review and I look forward to the latest in the Hole series,in my view far superior to "those other Scandinavian crime books".

Posted on 7 May 2012 14:27:45 BDT
Ian Bain says:
"Read it, you won't regret it," you say. Well, I read it and I regret spending the money on it. It was just a wearisome, depressing book with few redeeming factors. I guess we're all different in what we do and don't appreciate.
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