The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The seventh installment of the Harry Hole detective series by acclaimed Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø sees the hardened sleuth pitted against a cunning serial killer amid a wintry Oslo landscape. When a young boy discovers his mother missing, the only evidence being her favourite scarf wrapped around a snowman, Hole is roped into an electrifying game of cat and mouse – resulting in a bone-chillingly read. The Snowman was so gruesomely brilliant it was adapted into a film starring Michael Fassbender (Vintage Publishing, paperback £7.99).