The Chestnut Man: A Novel by Søren Sveistrup @MichaelJBooks #TheChestnutMan #NetGalley #penguinbooks #bookreview #bookblogger



One Tuesday in October, Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as minister for social affairs following a year’s leave of absence – granted after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve-year-old daughter. Linus Bekker, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but is unable to remember where he buried the various parts of her dismembered corpse.

On the same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young single mother is found brutally murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen-she’s been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Thulin and Hess, the detectives sent to investigate the crime, arrive at the address to find a figure made of chestnuts hanging from a playhouse nearby.

When yet another woman is murdered-this time with both hands missing-and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection with the Hartung case. To put an end to the spree of a killer, the pair, with nothing in common aside from equally troubled personal lives, realise they will need to put aside their differences in a race against time-and a brutal psychopath.


The Chestnut Man


Just when a high-profile couple have had to accept that their 12-year-old daughter had been murdered a year ago and they will never be able to get her remains back, two more gruesome murder sites are discovered. There is no obvious connection between the families that have been slain but something from the first murder connects to both of them. It seems impossible to fathom without admitting that unthinkable errors have been made.

This is quite a large book to read but to be honest I could have read it every day for a month and still not had enough. The characters were fascinating from the behind closed doors ministers family and how each of them seemed to grieve in their own way, to the matching of Thulin and Hess, the detectives thrown together to work the murder scenes.

The murders were torturous and gruesome, that begins for the reader in the aftermath and discovery, rather than the event, believe me you really need easing in gently as it isn’t for the faint hearted. The thread that connects them visually is figure of a Chestnut man left at both crime scenes, besides obvious similarities in the killings.

Thulin and Hess make for an unusual pairing that shouldn’t work but each brings something special to this unique twosome and it is pure genius. They quickly became my favourite characters in the story. As it progresses there is enough red herrings to make a Grimsby fisherman happy but wow what a story. This is a beauty. The author played me like a Maestro does an orchestra, he teased me, kept me hanging onto every word and when I thought it was all over, even came back for an encore. This is perfection! Bravo!



Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon The Killing which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries.

More recently, Sveistrup wrote the screenplay for Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman. Sveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film School. He has won countless prizes, including an Emmy for Nikolaj and Julie and a BAFTA for The Killing.





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