The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Kindle edition – 491 pages
Published 10 January 2019
THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE CREATOR AND WRITER OF THE KILLING
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 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. A man confessed to her murder, and the case is long since solved.
Soon afterwards, another woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case, the murdered women and a killer who is spreading fear throughout the country. But what is it?
Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over..
The cover of this shows a little man made of chestnuts and sticks and I found it looked creepy before I even knew what the book was about.
This is set in Copenhagen and Thulin and Ness are working together on a case after the body of a woman is found, murdered and one of her hands has been amputated. A small chestnut man is found at the scene and so the investigation begins…..is there a link to the Rosa Hartung case, her daughter had gone missing months earlier, her body was never found, but her fingerprint is on the chestnut man ! Is a serial killer at work?
What follows is an intense, detailed investigation with insights in to both Hess and Thulin’s lives and backgrounds which builds believable, likeable characters with good and bad in their pasts.
The story is gruesome and has truly creepy moments, it’s also heartbreaking and nervewrackingly tense. I loved the satisfying ending and the final summing up of the story, tying up all the loose ends. I will never be able to look at a chestnut in the same way again. If you like your thrillers dark, then this is a must read.
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review