The son, Jo Nesbo

Sonny Lofthus has been in prison for the past twelve years. The governor leaves him in peace because Sonny is a professional scapegoat, for peace and heroin he confesses the crimes of others and does their time in prison.

The prisoners also leave him in peace, because he is some kind of confessor, they come to him to confess their sins and get some sort of forgiveness. One of the prisoners gives him new information about the death of his father and this changes everything: Sonny comes into action.

Simon Kefas has been a police-inspector for years and he is near his retirement. His former partner was Ab Lofthus, who committed suicide years ago, after he confessed he had been a criminal informer.

When Sonny escapes from prison and goes after the people who killed his father ánd the people he took the sentence for, the paths of Simon and Sonny cross.

I am a huge fan of the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbø. But he wrote ten books about Harry Hole and that is, I think a finished story. The son is a book without Harry Hole and I was wondering if Jo Nesbø was able to make this book as good as his previous books. And I am very glad to say that yes, this book is as good as the Harry Hole books.

Nobody is better than Jo Nesbø at giving some details and background information for even the smallest character in the book, giving them dept and making them come alive on the page. Sonny commits some terrible murders when he is out of prison, but you root for him and hope he will get his revenge. You also hope he will get the girl he loves, because you want him to be happy.

The way the story is written and how the different parts come together is also done in an excellent way, Jo Nesbø really is one of the best thriller writers in the world, I think.
Until the last moment I was on the wrong track, although in retrospect I could see the clues I missed.

In short, The son is an excellent, very well written thriller that is impossible to put down, a worthy successor of the Harry Hole series.

Original Norwegian title: Sønnen
Published in 2014


  1. Sounds like my kind of book - thanks for sharing!
    Bits & Bobs

    1. It is very good, but Jo Nesbo is really one of the best thriller writers in the world, I think!

      Kind regards,


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