[591]: Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø

18761910 Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø
Series: Blood on Snow, #2
Penguin Random House Canada | Hardcover, 288 pp.
November 5th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Crime | Suspense
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.

Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect.

Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut.

But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

And then he discovers that The Fisherman’s men are getting closer…

Jo Nesbø’s follow up to his Blood on Snow noir series is what you would expect from his other novels. It features a mostly competent assassin on the run from his former employer. An assassin who has had one reason or another for the life of crime from whom he was trying to escape. The Fisherman from the first book is what ties these two books together. But there’s very little difference from Olav and Jon as both characters were reluctant assassins in one way or another.


Jon found himself on the run after he failed to deliver on his last assignment. And if there’s one thing he’s sure of about the Fisherman, is that he always finds what he’s after. In the remote northern town of Kåsund, he hopes to find sanctuary among a devout group of people. But he knows that peace is only temporary. Especially if money and drugs were involved.

There, he meets Lea and Knut; a mother and son townsfolk with whom he’d developed a kinship. He would later find out that Lea’s husband was lost at sea, and that they’ve lived a difficult life all through their existence. And with very little fanfare, he falls in love with Lea. He knew he shouldn’t entertain the thought of having a life after everything that’s happened. And with the Fisherman still gunning for his life, he couldn’t give Lea and Knut a future they both deserved.


This book is less deserving of the Scandinavian-noir tag being thrown around when one hears the name, Jo Nesbø. It was even-tempered and surprisingly romantic, which is a bit unusual for the genre, to be honest. The gore, which is characteristic of Nesbø’s books, came at the bitter end. Disappointing as it felt like an addendum more than anything. Regardless of how I felt about this instalment, I still consider Nesbø as my go-to whenever I’m in the mood for crime fiction.

  • The idea behind this book actually sounds kind of romantic and sweet, Jo trying to escape from the crime and meeting a wonderful love.

  • I don’t mind a crime / suspense read every so often, I wish I had more time to get stuck into them and probably thicker skin so I’m not jumping at shadows afterwards too. Funny you mention that it was a mild Pulp Fiction type read, it sounds a little bit Jason Bourne thrown in there as well. The romance sounds a bit out of sorts, but I always welcome that softness to lessen the harsh storyline. Sorry you didn’t love this Joy but glad you were still able to enjoy it nonetheless. Fabulous review <3

  • I have never read a Jo Nesbø book though I keep thinking about it hmmm…any suggestions on which book to start with? 🙂

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 Thank you for sharing about this book 😀 I'm glad you liked this book, despite not loving it. Since this isn't my genre, I have not read any books by this author.. but I am curious, since he is Norwegian, lol 😀 But if I ever read his books, I would probably read the translated english version too, lol. I just don't read Norwegian at all. Aaanyway. Love your review, as always 🙂

  • This sounds like a good journey for Jon, on the run and happens to fall in love. A shame it wasn’t what you expected though.

  • kindlemom1

    Glad you still consider this author your go to even though this wasn’t quite what you were hoping it would be.

  • I am not even familiar with this author and that’s pretty unbelievable to me, if it’s your favorite crime writer, because I have read my share in the past. I love a good romance with my crime so maybe that’s why. Sorry it wasn’t as good as it could be for you!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Huh. I definitely wouldn’t expect such a strong romantic aspect, nor the even-tempered quality. How odd. But I guess a surprise is always welcome.

  • Well the romance sounds nice even if it overpowered the crime aspect

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry this was more romance and less crime. I am curious about this author though – I haven’t read anything by him yet!


  • I am so not Scandinavian when crime is the one genre I do not read

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    That’s a shame that the gore comes at the end. I would have expected more of it too. And romance too? I’m surprised as well!

  • Jasprit

    I’ve never picked up a book by Nesbo before, have you noticed this always seems to be the case when I stop by your blog! I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this one Joy despite some issues, I shall certainly give Nesbo’s books a go when I’m in the mood for crime fiction!

  • I am glad that this slightly disappointing and mediocre book didn’t scare you off the rest of this author’s books who you seem to really like quite a lot! Hope you enjoy reading the rest of her books. I’m pretty surprised that there is a romance in this one as well because I don’t think her books usually include that?