Book Review: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3)The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Redbreast was a suggestion in the Google Play store. I had never heard of this book or the author but I took a leap of faith after reading some of the reviews.

Several reviews I read complained about the confusing nature of the book and after the first few chapters I was a little confused myself, but I put that aside and just let the story take place. As I read further I started to understand how the characters fit together and ultimately the early part of the book is completely explained in the last chapters.

One of the things that drew me to the book in the first place was that it was written by a Norwegian author and had a perspective of the conflict still in place there since the Second World War. That part of the book was very compelling.  The story revolves around the investigation of Harry Hole of the purchase of a rifle that is usually the weapon of assassins. The back story about WWII and a group of men who lived through it gives the story depth and makes you want to know more about what happened to them and how it relates to the current story.

Harry Hole is a good character. I felt myself rooting for him and wanting to know more about him even in the murky early chapters when I wasn’t really sure who he was. This only gets more pronounced as the book goes on.

The ending was satisfying and felt complete and well worked out which is rare in mystery fiction these days. I didn’t feel cheated by the ending or that the author had taken any shortcuts. There is a huge plot element left hanging at the end of the book, I can only assume this is resolved in future novels which of course I now want to read.

All in all I am glad I succumbed to the recommendation and read this book.

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Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.