The Thrust by Jo Nesbo: A Brilliant Beginning Marred by Incredible Plot Twists

Despite a brilliant beginning, Nesbo’s ‘The Thrust’ ended up three stars for me.

But first a little bit about the story. Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims on a dating site. Harry Hole who is no longer with the police force get involved in the investigation as there’s something about these murders that catches his attention, something in the details that the investigators have missed. For Harry, it’s like hearing “the voice of a man he was trying not to remember.” Now, despite his reluctance, despite everything he risks, Harry throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away.

I haven’t read many of Jo Nesbo’s books probably because of gory details when it comes to violence especially the killings in his writing. The Thrust was no different when it comes to gruesome details of killings of victims, but otherwise it was a brilliant book until the author get caught in prolonging the suspense element toward the end and ended up adding a-bit-of-too-many twists to the plot. The result: it all seemed forced, stretched beyond incredibility.



But Nesbo didn’t stop just there. After all the not-so-believable twists and the final revelation, he threw in another culprit in the end (There is this vampirist; the puppet and then there is this puppet master. I don’t want to spoil it for future readers, but those who have read it would know what I mean.)



The last 60-70 pages are totally unnecessary. Instead of tidying up, these last pages emphasized all the loose ends in the plot. The ending could have been cleaner, sharper, to-the-point and thus, not spoiling the brilliancy of this multi layered story.


Neena  lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books.

A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.

Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

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