MacBeth Book Review

MacBeth Book Review

Title: Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare Series)
Author: Jo Nesbø
Published: April 10, 2018, Hogarth
No. of Pages: 464
Cover Price: $27.00 Hardcover, $17.99 Kindle

The Hogarth Shakespeare Series is a project started in 2015 where bestselling authors retell Shakespeare plays in modern settings and stories. Macbeth has been retold by award winning author, Jo Nesbo, (most famous for his bestselling Harry Hole series) in a modern-day (1970s) thriller wherein the police force, headed by Duncan, the chief of police, is trying to stop a serious drug problem in a small industrial town. Hecate is the villain, of course, and is powerful enough to thwart the efforts of the police.

Jo Nesbø is an excellent storyteller, and while most of us are familiar with the storyline of the original MacBeth, has skillfully inserted twists and turns, so that readers will be on the edges of their seats while reading this novel. It is amazing how Nesbø has developed the original Shakespeare characters into believable modern-day people.

Shakespeare enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this novel, but it will also be enjoyed by readers who just like to curl up and read a well-written suspenseful novel. The original play has plenty of suspense, and Nesbø has kept with tradition to keep the suspense building throughout this novel.

The novel is quite dark (just like Shakespeare’s original play), and is not a fast or easy read. The characters aren’t particularly likeable, as it should be. It is, however, written in modern language, so that it is easier to understand than the original play. Macbeth is a novel that will take an investment of time, but the reward of reading an excellent novel will not be forgotten.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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