The Chestnut Man
The police make a terrible discovery in a suburb of Copenhagen. A young woman has been killed and dumped at a playground. One of her hands has been cut off, and above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.
Young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner is Mark Hess, a burned-out investigator who's just been kicked out of Europol's headquarters in The Hague...more
But now I’m barely rounding up 3.5 to 4 stars just because of the impressive, riveting, exciti ...more
This book was pretty awesome and freaky!!
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ...more
A promising start, but a ways to go!
The Chestnut Man is a psychological thriller about a serial killer out for revenge.
Little chestnut men are discovered at the crime scenes of gruesome murders. A 12-year-old girl who has been missing for a year, and presumed dead, has a link to the little dolls. Two detectives are brought in to find "The Chestnut Man," a serial killer who has been eluding the police for years. Putting the puzzle together proves dangerous, as the killer is one step ...more
The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup is a dark & gritty thriller and an excellent debut from the creator of the hit television show The Killing. With a brilliant storyline, tense atmosphere and some great characters, this is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long time.
Set in Denmark, a psychotic serial killer is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he ...more
I have been wanting to get ahold of this book for a loooong time. I finally got lucky enough to get a copy. I must admit I was a bit intimidated when I discovered it was over 500 pages and that it was a police procedural. Trust me, none of that matters. The chapters were short and I flew through them. I found the tension building as I raced through them. I am not a fan of police procedurals but this had such a intriguing blurb that I had t ...more
Unfortunately, The Chestnut Man isn't done right.
I often feel as if there is some outline for writers of the genre entitled "How to Write the Typical Cliché Serial Killer Novel" of which they all follow and for some reason that's enough for the masses.
That's not enough for me.
The Chestnut Man follow ...more
It takes a lot for thrillers to impress me, even more for them to stump me. The Chestnut Man did both and is hands down my fave thriller read this year!
Combining a gripping storyline with great characters and the kind of intense atmosphere that will have you ferociously turning pages this was one of the best crime novels I have read in a while. I'm a sucker for police procedurals and this ...more
The book than moves to th ...more
This story contains all the hallmarks ...more
The two are paired up when the murder of a young woman has links to the disappearance of a young girl a year earlier. When the cases are linked to other grisly murders, it’s clear there is a serial murderer on the loose in Copenh ...more
Please don't think me a curmudgeon for not swooning over this much-vaunted Scandi crime thriller; I like to think that I'm usually fulsome with my praise. It might be worth pointing out that after reading seventeen books so far this year, my rating average is an indulgent 4.5
Not wanting to be a party pooper, I'll get my gripes out of the way first...
The book started brilliantly then gradually became leaden and drawn out.
The writing was a little clunky at times (possibly due to ...more
Hess stares at him. Hair, cheekbones, nose, chin, lips. All the features that change so radically during adolescence. H ...more
So, my thoughts? This book will make it to my top 5 books published in 2019. Seriously good writing!
I pride myself in being able to figure out whodunit, This one had my mind churning. Did I figure it out? Yes. But then, no. Then yes. Crap! I had changed my thinking so many times that I blew it! This was one hell of a story, and just downright creepy. I love chestnuts, but I ...more
An innocent children's song, being used as a threat.
A Chestnut Man-a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts-left at each bloody crime scene.
A story that begins on Halloween, 1989 and spans the years till October-present day...
I WAS expecting a creepy mystery.
What I got was a 528 page methodical police procedural.
Perhaps I should've known be ...more
Thulin draws a new partner just as she is assigned to a gruesome murder. Hess is just back in Denmark, after being pulled off his assignment to Europol for some reason. She’s not impressed with him and their work styles grate on each ot ...more
HE'S ALREADY FOUND YOU!
I own the Australian edition, but the tagline for the US one, gives me chills, so I just had to include it.
In Copenhagen, police are called to an appalling crime scene. Laura Kjaer, thirty-seven years old, has been mutilated and murdered in the play area bordering her home, while her nine-year old slept inside. Next to the body, hanging from the playhouse, is a crude doll, made from two chestnuts, with twigs for arms and legs.
Things get even more disturbing ...more
A gripping, shocking, addictive, fast-paced thriller!
Bodies are being discovered with limbs missing. A serial killer is leaving little handmade chestnut men near his victims. The town is terrified. Police are working round the clock to track down this dangerous psychopath.
This was EXCELLENT! It is over 500 pages, yet I was hanging on every word. Not once did the storyline loose its grip on me. The chapters are short (just the way I like them) and had me flipping pages as fast as poss ...more
The Chestnut Man is super crhilling and dark, like Scandinavian Noir DARK. It’s gruesome and bloody and horrific, showing just how sick the killer is. I didn’t guess the twists, nor the ending, and I was enthralled from beginning to end. This was a little ...more
It will definitely not be the last, because my Soren Sveinstrup journey just began!
In case you didn’t have a chance to see The Chestnut Man in person, let me tell you: it is a massive book. It has more than 500 pages and bigger format than usual novels. You could easily use it as a weapon!
But despite this novel looking intimidating ...more
Someone is killing mothers in Denmark and leaving little chestnut figurines at the scene. At times twisted, The Chestnut Man delivers on the suspense and gore but ultimately lacks in engaging pacing.
So first off, let's address the graphic warnings. I went into The Chestnut Man expecting some shocking levels of twisted psyche...plot twist, I didn't think this novel was any gorier than other serial killer stories, and certainly not gorier t ...more
“Chestnut man, do come in,
Chestnut man, do come in,
Have you any chestnuts you’ve brought for me today?
Thank you kindly, won’t you stay….."
A murderer is terrorising Copenhagen. They have brutally killed a woman and leave a chestnut man (a small doll made with chestnuts and matchsticks) behind as a calling card. Not only that, but a fingerprint is found on the chestnut doll, which belongs to a girl who was murd ...more
The first MC is Na ...more
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Sveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film School. He has ...more