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. They soon dischestnuts.Young ...more
This book was pretty awesome and freaky!!
But now I’m barely rounding up 3.5 to 4 stars just because of the impressive, rive ...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 h ...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 ...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 e ...more
The book than moves to th ...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 ...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 th ...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 ches ...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 ge ...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 w ...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 pa ...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 murdered a year ago!
Two vastly diffestay….."A ...more
I loved Hess, and Thurin, both strong characters with their flaws. Hess specifically fits quickly into the very likeable anti-hero space in the eyes of the reader. I wish there wasn't the classic 'encounter with the villain and action' section in the end, this book really didn't needed it. But the ending was beautiful. I can't sa ...more
This debut is so dark and creepy, it’s perfect for October! Brutal murders, dismembered bodies and a sadistic killer, what more can you ask for?
It hooked me from the dynamic beginning and it was hard to put down after that! If you like evil killers, this book has one of the most twisted ones I’ve read about. His murders are violent and grues ...more
The novel opens in 1989 when an officer makes a fairly routine visit to a farm to ask the owner to reign in his animals. He quickly finds nearly the entire family brutally (and graphically) murdered.
Jump to present day and we meet Detectives Thulin and Hess. Thulin is a capable though standoffish detective building her resume and seeking a promotion to NC3. Hess has been hopping from force to force and has become a running joke among other officers who don’t take ...more
Detective Naia Thulin works in the Homicide department in Copenhagen, Denmark which is run by Detective Nylander. She is a single mother to daughter Le and is finding the department a little boring and so requests a transfer to NC3, National Cyber Crime department.
Mark Hess once worked at The Hague for Europol. After some issues, he is transferred to the homicide department in Copenhagen. He doesn’t want to be there and is merely counting the days ...more
The Chestnut Man is a pacy, considered serial killer thriller with an intriguingly complex cast and a creepy as heck plot that keeps you turning those pages.
Immersively written with a race to the finish edge of seat finale, The Chestnut Man may well haunt your dreams.
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Sveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film Sc ...more