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Book Review: THE CHESTNUT MAN by Søren Sveistrup.

Hello guys. Today I’m back with another book review of The Chestnut Man, which I read in October. I think October was one of those months that I read massive amount of books including a classic for a book club. Can you believe it? I never read Classics, even though this year was supposed to be my classic readng year, my procrastination didn’t let me. Hehe.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this review. More reviews coming soon.

Title: The Chestnut Man

Author: Søren Sveistrup

Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Psychological Fiction

Pages: 528

Published: 6 June 2018


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.

The Chestnut Man follows detectives Hess and Thulin in the race to capture the Chestnut Man. I’ve never read a Nordic book before, though I’ve watched lots of Nordic series and movies. Most of them are about killers on the run. And usually very interesting.

The Chestnut Man is a Crime Fiction full of Suspense and Mysteries waiting to be uncovered. From the first chapter, it shows that the book has a promising plot. The year is 1989. A police has been called on dispatch to a farm which he’s familiar with, having visited a number of times. But this time, something is eerily different. Soon, the officer will discover a bloodbath right in the middle of the sitting room. The family ,murdered in the middle of breakfast.

The subsequent chapters introduce a whole new set of characters and also environment. Decades have passed since the first chapter, the new characters Naia Thulin and Mark Hess are teamed up together to work the new case that has the whole country abuzz. İn the middle of it all, is a minister of Social Affairs, Rosa Hartung.
Why would she be related to all these, is quite confusing.

The Chestnut Man strikes again and again throughout the book, killing women of various ages but with a similar situation. After some investigating, it’s likely that the victims’ husbands abused their children.

At this point, I thought it’s possible the killer might have had a rough childhood and probably abused too hence the hatred towards the abusers. At every crime scene, the Thulin and Hess discover a fingerprint – Rosa Hartubgs daughter who was missing for a year. That is what changes the game. Making it obvious the killings and Rosa are somewhat related, but we still don’t know how.

I love the carefully detailed plot, moving in a zigzag manner, keeping the readers at the edge of their seats till the finale. The horror in the way the killer kills and dismembers the victim’s body is horrifying in a ghastly manner. The book is not for the faint of hearts.

My favorite character must be Naia Thulin and Hess. They make an odd team, but I presume that towards the end, they had formed an unlikely relationship which I hope will engulf into something more. Even though Thulin has a boyfriend, it’s obvious the relationship is not leaning in the right direction and I hope she’ll be with Hess.

The concluding part of the book is full of suspense. I read it for hours straight without moving an inch! I really had to know who the mystery killer was. And I was shocked. Really shocked! I mean, someone that has been with the detectives for a long time, supposedly ‘helping’ out in any way he can proved to be the killer.

I’ve watched many movies in which the killer proved to be someone on the inside and honestly, it’s heartbreaking. The trust, friendship all gone to pieces. That is how I felt when the killer was brought to the limelight. Now, the killer’s story is really sad too, and no-one should go through what he and his sister did. But to turn out to be a cold monster is entirely different.

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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