Book review: Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

SET in Denmark, this stunningly original crime thriller centers around the Miss Smilla of the title, a woman whose extensive knowledge of ice allows her to ‘read’ footprints in the snow.

Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg

SET in Denmark, this stunningly original crime thriller centers around the Miss Smilla of the title, a woman whose extensive knowledge of ice allows her to ‘read’ footprints in the snow.

When her six-year-old neighbour Isaiah falls to his death from the rooftop of their city apartment block, the police believe it is a clear-cut case, a tragic accident but an accident nonetheless.

But something doesn’t seem right. There is only one set of footprints leading to the building’s edge, but the way the footprints are laid out suggest to Smilla that Isaiah was chased to his death – a horrific possibility that the police refuse to entertain.


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Battling to uncover the truth about the young boy’s death, Smilla journeys from the dark underside of Copenhagen to the frozen Baltic seas, following a trail of corruption and conspiracy running deeper than she had dared imagine.

Dark and intriguing, Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow is the kind of intelligently plotted, atmospheric crime that Scandinavian writers have become famous for over the past few years and, as well as being perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo, it is an unforgettable read in its own right.

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