Hour of The Wolf by Håkan Nesser
Source: library book club
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Nordic Noir
Publication Date: April 2012
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever.”
My Thoughts & Review
Hour of the Wolf was our November book club read and my very first book by Håkan Nesser. This book is the 7thbook in the Inspector Van Veeteren series. In this book we follow the story of about a Swedish man who hits and kills a teenager with his car on the way home while intoxicated by alcohol . Immediately after hitting the boy he feels guilty but then leaves the scene of the accident and carries on driving home and hopes to forget about everything that has just happened. But soon he receives a blackmail note asking for a large amount of money in return for the blackmailer to keep quiet. But soon it all gets out of hand. ( And that’s all I’m going to say).
I thought this book started off really strong and I couldn’t read it fast enough, but then as I raced through the pages I realised that I needed to slow down and re-read sections as I always felt I was missing something and this is where I really struggled with the book. Deep down I feel like something has been missed during the translation of this book, but then again it might just be me.
Hour of the Wolf is told from different perspectives. It is written with points of views from both the investigating police detectives and the killer himself. There were also a couple of chapters where new characters are introduced, and for me this really put me off as I felt their opinions weren’t really necessary. This brings me nicely onto my next point about the characters. Although the onto my next point about the characters.
The strong premises of this book made me think that the characters were going to be great but sadly I was quite disappointed by them. I felt we didn’t get to know them very well, personally I would have really liked to know more about the main character (the killer) and why he did what he did. Also, I found the whole investigating team to be weak and pretty annoying.
Another thing I was really disappointed about was the ending. It was really quite boring. I was hoping for a plot twist but it never came.
Personally, I felt that this book could have been so much better, especially as it had a potential promising plotline and a set of characters that could have been brilliant.
Overall not one of the best mystery books I have read but not the worst either, but I have read better ones. Honestly, I personally won’t be rushing to read the other books in this series, but if another one does come up in the future a book club read I wouldn’t not try it. Having said that if you’ve read books by this author before or you don’t mind a slow read, then I would recommend this book, and if you don’t then I would probably suggest you stay away.
Some thoughts from other book club members:
(Spoiler free thoughts)
“OMG!!! This was such a simple book but I had to concentrate so hard, it made my brain hurt”
“It was really good, but I got confused”
“The ending was way too straight forward and simple. In fact the whole book was lacking action”
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.