Macbeth- Jo Nesbo

A new take on the classic Shakespearean play, Jo Nesbo infuses Macbeth with some crime fiction and we get a dark, disturbing read that brings together the two genres.

Thanks to Crown Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

This was book two that I completed in the #25infive readathon 🙂

MACBETH – Jo Nesbo (out tomorrow!)

Check back for the #CJSReads2018 thoughts on this one.


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

I haven’t read the Shakespearean play in probably a decade, so I know the basics of the story, just not crystal clear on all of the specifics. Jo Nesbo is also an author that I have been meaning to get to – those TBRs just make it so hard – and I was excited to finally have the opportunity to prioritize him. MACBETH is a great one to start with because it is a standalone, so it’s a solid chance to get familiar with his writing.

This is definitely a re-imaging of MACBETH, so the plot is there, it just has a crime fiction twist to it. Nesbo knows how to set the scene. His descriptions and attention to detail pull you into that spot and keeps you there. The character development was incredible and you become invested in them as the story goes on. While this does look like a dense read, it moved at a fairly good pace. Shakespeare isn’t for everyone, and I think this would be a good way to introduce new readers to MACBETH.

Full of betrayal and back-stabbing, death (lots of death), and SWAT teams and drug lords, prepare yourself for a dark and disturbing tale. I loved the modern take to it and the shift from royalty to detectives and criminals.

If you’re a fan of MACBETH or Jo Nesbo, then you’ll have to pick this one up!


I’m so ready to start THE SNOWMAN next (book club selection for April!)



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