Knife

Knife

'Nesbo is one of the best thriller writers on the planet' Daily ExpressA man like Harry had better watch his back...Following the dramatic conclusion of number one bestseller THE THIRST, KNIFE sees Harry Hole waking up with a ferocious hangover, his hands and clothes covered in blood. Not only is Harry about to come face to face with an old, deadly...

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Title:Knife
Author:Jo Nesbø
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Edition Language:English

Knife Reviews

  • Joey R.

    4.5 Stars —With the death of Stieg Larsson, there is only one foreign language author that I read on a regular basis, Jo Nesbo. I don’t see a lot of people reviewing Nesbo’s books, which is a shame, because they are really missing a treat. “Knife” is no exception. “Knife” stars Harry Hole, Nesbo’s go-to detective whose intelligence and ability to solve crimes is second to none. But unlike some recurring characters each Hole book is a standalone masterpiece which you can enjoy whether you have re

    4.5 Stars —With the death of Stieg Larsson, there is only one foreign language author that I read on a regular basis, Jo Nesbo. I don’t see a lot of people reviewing Nesbo’s books, which is a shame, because they are really missing a treat. “Knife” is no exception. “Knife” stars Harry Hole, Nesbo’s go-to detective whose intelligence and ability to solve crimes is second to none. But unlike some recurring characters each Hole book is a standalone masterpiece which you can enjoy whether you have read any of the previous books in the series. “Knife” involves Hole doing battle with the equally brilliant Svein Finne, who is a serial rapist whose weapon of choice is a knife is equal parts mysterious and chilling. As usual all of Hole’s personal failings are intermixed into the story which keeps the book from ever becoming boring. The investigation and gathering enough evidence to arrest Finne is entertaining but the book then takes an interesting turn when someone very close to Hole is murdered and he becomes a suspect. How the author keeps all of this from collapsing into confusion and ridiculousness is absolutely amazing. The ending is genius, and once again I feel the need to tell people just how good an author Nesbo is. Now if I could just get the author to use American names for most of his characters his books would be absolutely perfect.

  • Crime by the Book

    A new book from my favorite author is ALWAYS a cause for celebration, but I have to say, Nesbo's

    truly blew me away, even more than I was expecting. This book feels like vintage Nesbo: it's dark and gritty, but it's not as gory as 2017's

    , and I think that's a great thing - it really lets Nesbo's razor sharp prose and rich character development shine. (Don't get me wrong, this book is still super creepy and dark - it's just not as wildly bloody as Nesbo's previous Harry Hole

    A new book from my favorite author is ALWAYS a cause for celebration, but I have to say, Nesbo's

    truly blew me away, even more than I was expecting. This book feels like vintage Nesbo: it's dark and gritty, but it's not as gory as 2017's

    , and I think that's a great thing - it really lets Nesbo's razor sharp prose and rich character development shine. (Don't get me wrong, this book is still super creepy and dark - it's just not as wildly bloody as Nesbo's previous Harry Hole novel.) This is a big book, but I loved every single page; it's the kind of story you want to sink into and savor. Leave it to Nesbo to write a thriller that's as addictive and intricate as it is emotional and heartbreaking. I adored

    and cannot wait to see what Nesbo does next!!

  • Phrynne

    Another really excellent visit with Harry Hole. It was full of surprises and many, many red herrings as Harry followed first one suspect and then another. I guessed the true culprit but only because I always pin it on the most unlikely person.

    Totally enjoyable and now we are left to wonder what Harry will do next.

  • Adah Udechukwu

    Knife is a great thriller. For more than 90% of the novel I didn't know who the killer was. The novel is that good.

    5 stars to Knife.

  • Matt

    Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim

    Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim is someone close to him. While Harry is now stuck working cold cases, he continues probing into this active investigation, which turns up an old nemeses. Svein Finne was an early criminal that Harry caught when he was new to the scene, learning the ins and outs of this most notorious criminal mind. Finne, nicknamed ‘The Fiancé’, would choose his female victims and violently rape them, in hopes of making them pregnant. Thereafter, he would threaten to harm the women, should they in any way report him or terminate their pregnancies. Finne served his time and is now out on parole, just in time to strike again. As Harry pieces together the elements of a murder, a woman comes to report a rape that has Finne’s trademarks all over it, but recants and leaves the authorities baffled as to how they might proceed. With fire in his eyes, Harry strikes and tries to secure an arrest, though things fall flat. With little to show for his actions, Harry falls into a deep depression, coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Evidence points that the blood on him was that of the victim, which only furthers his grief. Left despondent, Harry wonders if he would be better off dead, taking matters into his own hands while he is on the lam. In a race for the truth, Harry is a pawn in a larger game, one that could see the bodies pile up as the murderer watches with glee. Nesbø is masterful at spinning this dark web of deception and mystery, perfect for fans of his work. Recommended to all those who love Scandinavian thrillers that pack a punch from the opening sentence.

    I have long been a fan of Jo Nesbø and his writing, even though it is much heavier than many of the novels I read. The reader is forced to focus intently in order to ascertain all the nuances found within the narrative. With nothing apparently lost in translation, this Norwegian thriller keeps the reader guessing throughout while showing the depths to which Harry Hole can find himself when things do no go his way. Harry remains a stunning member of the police, though his skills are always in question when drink enters the equation. That being said, Harry seems able to push the haze aside and make something of himself, though this might be the end of his luck, as personal angst acts as a anchor to drag him into the depths of his melancholy. Others around him seek to lighten the mood—or make it darker, depending—and shape the narrative effectively. Nesbø chooses a wonderful cast of characters to portray the themes he has in mind, as well as introducing the reader to one man who has haunted Harry Hole for many years. The plot of the story worked well, keeping me intrigued while also wondering if things would remain gloomy throughout. Nesbø does so well with the darkness and angst-filled stories that I could never tell when I ought to pause, worried I would miss some enlightening aspect. For those not familiar with Harry Hole or many of these Scandinavian noir thrillers, I would recommend walking back to the start of the series, as things definitely need context before popping up here, twelve novels in.

    Kudos, Mr. Nesbø, for keeping my attention throughout and helping me see another side of Harry Hole. I never tire of your work and hope you’ll keep the novels coming.

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I enjoyed this one! I don’t think I have read any of the others but it was fine as a stand alone. When I saw the beautiful copy I decided to start here 😉 Signed, stained edges

    Loved the map on the inside cover as well.

    Happy Reading!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • Meredith

    I can’t say much without giving spoilers, so I am going to keep this review brief.

    A life-altering murder puts Harry Hole in the spotlight. With his career and credibility at stake, Harry falls into a deep dark abyss of self-destructive behavior. To clear his name, he will risk his life. But if he survives, it will be bittersweet.

    I was shocked by the murder and even more shocked when the m

    I can’t say much without giving spoilers, so I am going to keep this review brief.

    A life-altering murder puts Harry Hole in the spotlight. With his career and credibility at stake, Harry falls into a deep dark abyss of self-destructive behavior. To clear his name, he will risk his life. But if he survives, it will be bittersweet.

    I was shocked by the murder and even more shocked when the murderer was revealed. While I was surprised by the identity of the murderer, I realized there were clues galore but I was too caught up in Harry to see what was going on right before my eyes.

    is dark and weighty and Harry is at his lowest point, which made this hard to read at times. There isn't much action, but Harry develops and grows as a character, which I appreciated. Parts are overly detailed and could have been edited down. While I didn’t love the events of

    , the plot allows for Harry’s character to take a new path. We will have to wait and see if we get drunk, messy Harry or a new Harry Hole in the next book.

  • DeAnn

    4 Norwegian detective stars to this one

    My head is still spinning over the latest installment in the Harry Hole series. This one is meaty, at 451 pages and had a few too many music references for me.

    You know the old tv show "Dallas" and the time when Bobby was dead, but then walked out of the shower months later as a cliffhanger? That's a bit how I felt with this one, I kept waiting for certain things to be a bad dream. I should know better as Jo Nesbo is not shy about killing

    4 Norwegian detective stars to this one

    My head is still spinning over the latest installment in the Harry Hole series. This one is meaty, at 451 pages and had a few too many music references for me.

    You know the old tv show "Dallas" and the time when Bobby was dead, but then walked out of the shower months later as a cliffhanger? That's a bit how I felt with this one, I kept waiting for certain things to be a bad dream. I should know better as Jo Nesbo is not shy about killing some of the main characters in his books. I remember he did that a few books ago with one of my favorite detectives in this series. He's a bit ruthless as a writer!

    For fans of this series, there's plenty of murder, gore, shocking twists, and good detective work going on while Harry has his battle with the bottle and staying sober. This #12 is a worthy addition to the series. I do hope that Nesbo continues to write these, but please let Harry find some happiness!!

    (I read this one as my translated book for the Goodreads Summer Challenge)

  • Scarlett

    With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that

    will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While

    still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of the complete

    With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that

    will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While

    still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of the complete destruction of our main character.

    I won't get into details about the story. There is a big shocker in the beginning where we lose one of our beloved characters, but other than that, we have the same premise as usual. Harry is on the sidelines of the official investigation because of yet another problematic thing that he did. He goes on a bender, he does illegal stuff, but he means well. Only this time - it doesn't work. Characters like Harry need to have some strong redeeming qualities that can justify them being complete assholes and unreliable people. Reading this, you wouldn't recognize him. Jo Nesbø destroyed him, made him childlike, illogical, selfish without any self awareness. We knew that women liked him before, but this was unbelievable. We have a line of great looking, successful women knocking on the door for the chance of only one night with this drunken, lost and evil man. They even fight over him when, in this book at least, they should thank the other for taking him off their hands.

    Even his professional skills don't seem real here - the case gets solved in Shakespearean method, with convenient confessions, sudden clues and with great help from the sky above. If I read one more close-to-death experience where Harry survives like a cat, I'll go crazy!

    I also had a big problem with the storytelling. There are SO MANY irrelevant back stories of even more irrelevant minor characters. I felt that Jo Nesbø couldn't decide beforehand if he will focus on PTSD, child molestation, rape, jealousy, telenovela twists of missing/found children or racism.

    What made his thrillers stood out from the sea of mysteries are those well-built cases with strong characters. Yes, Harry could always surprise you, but still stay in his lane. I am sorry, but I am so disappointed with this book.

  • Sandy

    3.5 stars

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