Book review: Twists aplenty in Jo Nesbo’s Kafka-esque revenge thriller The Night House

Norwegian bestselling crime author Jo Nesbø wastes no time in ratcheting up the tension in latest horror inspired page turner

Jo Nesbø: It only takes a few pages before a young teenager is eaten by a payphone

There’s an unwritten rule in the horror genre that suggests holding back on the big reveal in order to build up tension. Think of how Spielberg’s great white didn’t show up in Jaws until more than an hour into the movie, or even how Mary Shelley waited until chapter five before she turned the monster’s lights on.

Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian nabob of noir who’s sold north of 50 million books, is having none of ...