The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup
Format: eBook (eARC)
Source: Publishers via Edelweiss
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Publication Date: 3rd September 2019
“The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.
If you find one, he’s already found you.
A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.
His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.
Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.
A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?
To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.
Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.
And no one is safe.”
My Thoughts & Review
The first time I heard about this book was when it was all over social media. It sounded so good and everyone was giving it raving reviews, so I had to get my hands on it to find out what all the fuss was about. I missed out on getting a copy from NetGalley but I was lucky enough to get an eARC from Edelweiss, so here we are a few month later.
The Chestnut Man is a police procedural novel,where a series of murders take place. Women are being tortured and mutilated. There is no connection between the individual women except for the handmade chestnut man that is found at all the murder scenes. I’m not going to go into the plot as this would lead to way too many spoilers.
This book is well written with a thrilling storyline and a great set of characters. I felt the two main detectives made a great team working together. Although I liked the characterisation in this book, I would have personally like to read more about the perpetrator, and maybe even hear from his point of view.
As for the story, I thought it was really interesting with lots of gruesome descriptions. The pacing was good, and that ending I really didn’t see coming. I was convinced that I had worked out who the perpetrator was but I was so wrong, and I did flick through the book quickly again after I finished to see if I had missed any clues, but I hadn’t.
Overall an enjoyable read that I recommend especially if you like reading dark and disturbing Scandinavian crime novels. However, if you have trouble with gruesome descriptions and graphic scenes this book may not be for you.
I would like to thank the publisher HarperCollins and Edelweiss for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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