Author: Søren Sveistrup
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback 512 pages
Release Date: 10 January 2019 (Hardback)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
My huge thanks to Jenny Platt for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and for the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.
Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead; the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. The man who confessed to her murder is behind bars and the case long since closed.
Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?
Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over . . .
I have previously watched the television programme The Killing and throughly enjoyed it, so when I was contacted by Jenny and asked if I wanted to join in the blog tour for The Chestnut Man I literally jumped at the chance.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write in this review as I’ve been finding it hard to put into words how much I enjoyed it. The writing is just excellent and although I’ve been really fortunate to read a lot of very good books recently, the writing in this particular book just stood out as a cut above the rest.
The way the author drew me into the story made me feel as if I was living the investigation alongside Thulin and Hess. I was fully invested and I was all in and desperate to know what would happen.
This is a long book at over 500 pages, considerably longer than a lot of other books out there at the moment but if anything, I just didn’t want it to end! Every page that drew me nearer to the conclusion, despite being eager to find out what would happen made me melancholy at the thought that it was almost over.
You know that feeling you get when you get to the end of a really good TV series and you’re disappointed because you doubt the next thing you watch will be as good? Well that’s how I feel now!
I loved reading how the relationship develops between Thulin and Hess. It made me reminisce about the two lead police detectives in The Killing as there are a lot of similarities. These two characters in particular are really well rounded throughout the book with solid backgrounds and issues that made me feel like I knew them on an intimate level.
The murders are gruesome in this book, I’ll make no bones about that, but it shows the dark depraved mind of the serial killer and as you might have guessed, it all leads back to a theme surrounding ‘Chestnut Men’.
I absolutely loved everything about this book and for me it was pretty much the perfect book as I really didn’t want to stop reading. It was the last thing I was reading at night and the first thing I wanted to read in the morning and it’s one of those reads I will remember for a long time to come and I want to tell everyone about!
About the Author
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.
Søren Sveistrup (born 1968) holds a master of Literature and History from the University of Copenhagen and has graduated as script writer from the Danish Film School.
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