The Chestnut Man

The Chestnut Man

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"On the first 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, leaving Rosa with no choice but to try to move on without closure. 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 cut off--and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection to the Hartung case. To put an end to the killing spree, the pair, with nothing in common aside from equally troubled personal lives, realize they will need to put aside their differences in a race against time--and a brutal psychopath"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062968531
Characteristics: 516 pages ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Waight, Caroline - Translator

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Bookworm1136
Oct 26, 2020

4 - 4 1/2 star read. There has been much buzz about this book on the mystery/thriller blogs and now I see why. This is quite a read. A brutal killer is on the loose in Copenhagen and he is targetting women, mothers of neglected children, and mutilating them in a terrible way. And at every murder scene, there is a little chestnut man. the two detectives on the case are a bit of a mixed bag. Thulin is a single mom on the promotion track and Hess has been parachuted in after disgracing himself on secondment to Europol. And there is a political slant to the killings. There seems to be a connection between the chestnut man and the daughter of a prominent female politician, who was abducted and presumed murdered months before. Trying to find the killer before he kills again and running interference with the police brass and the politicians makes for an interesting read. This was an exciting read and a real roller coaster with a lot of thrills and chills.

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EBirdy
Oct 15, 2020

This was pretty good. Quite graphic in the description of the crimes. The 2 main characters are flawed but in a relatable way, and they have pretty good character development.
If you like the Lars Keplar books, you would like this. Will probably end up being a series.

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chriss_g
Mar 09, 2020

It took what felt like an impossibly long time to get into this book and I suspect it is because the chapters are so short and are flashing between characters, times and places. I'd read two pages about one scenario and we'd move onto someone else. I'm not sure if the chapters got longer by the end or I just became more engrossed in what I was reading but I finally managed to finish it.
I didn't see it coming but that doesn't necessarily necessitate it as a good reveal. It seemed illogical and in my opinion, it would've made more sense for someone else to have been 'the chestnut man'

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laphampeak
Jan 22, 2020

Great mystery! The plot wove in and out of characters which kept the story interesting. There was more depth than some mysteries but enough for a readable pace. Sveistrup switched up the focus of investigation which kept the reader wondering until the end.

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htliang
Jan 12, 2020

Pros:
Main characters Hess & Thulin interesting & likeable, fast-paced, well-written, interesting first 1/2 of book, nice short chapters
Cons:
Too easy to know "villian" due to lack of other options, implausible plot, far-fetched last 1/2 of book

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dsw3914
Jan 07, 2020

One of the best British/Scandinavian mysteries I have read. Keeps your interest from start to end. Hope the characters will be in another book by this author.

JCLMeghanF Dec 18, 2019

This is Scandinavian noir at its best. Unsettling snowy landscape? Check. Psychotic killer taunting police with clues to an older crime that may have been mishandled? Check and check! What makes Sveistrup's book stand out are his layered characters and his talent for turning mundane items into something deeply disturbing. You'll never look at chestnut trees the same way again.

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