The Chestnut Man

The Chestnut Man

by Soren Sveistrup

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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.

And no one is safe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062895387
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 5,141
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed script writer, creator and film producer of several TV series. From 2007 to 2012 he was the creator and writer of THE KILLING, which has won several international awards, been sold to more than a hundred countries all over the world and remade for AMC by Fox Television Studios in the US. He lives in Copenhagen.

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The Chestnut Man: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
First 100 or so pages are drawn out and hard to follow. The writer jumps all over the place with more and more characters. After that it remaining 400ish pages kicks off. Much more fast paced and impossible to put down. Does have some of the feel of the show the killing. All in all decent read.
CapriciousNiteOwl 30 days ago
The Chestnut Man is a dark, chilling, character-driven suspense read with lots of police procedural descriptions, which I absolutely love. This book gave me nightmares, I am not kidding, I actually had to quit reading it at night because I was not getting enough rest due to all the disturbing dreams I had. This said, I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves gripping storyline, strong characters, gory and unnerving descriptions of crime scenes, and just a well-written story with many unexpected twists. Thank you NetGalley, Harper Collins Publishers, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
JulieB 3 months ago
“Chestnut man, do come in. Chestnut man, do come in. Have you any chestnuts that you’ve brought for me today? Thank you kindly, won’t you stay …” 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 gruesome. Thulin and Hess are the detectives on the case and both are very likable characters. It also has it’s share of arrogant and unlikable characters. The ones you love to hate. “In Nylander’s eyes, they might as well have cut off his balls and nailed them to the wall outside the police station.” I found the book to be well-written, but longer than I like. There are some unnecessary parts that could be taken out to shorten it a bit. But I enjoyed the short chapters and highly recommend. And that ending! Is this the start of a book series? I hear it’s going to be a Netflix series and can’t wait! Another great Buddy Read with Ceecee My Rating: 4 ⭐️’s Published: September 3rd 2019 by Harper Pages: 528 Recommend: Yes
Twink 3 months ago
I love the cover of Soren Sveistrup's new novel The Chestnut Man. Those few black strokes conjure up something ominous... And then I discovered that Sveistrup was the creator and screenwriter of The Killing - a show I really enjoyed. And I knew I was a for a really great read! A killer is on the loose in Copenhagen. His signature? A small little man made of chestnuts and matchsticks left at every murder. Forensics makes a startling discovery - the fingerprint of the daughter of a high ranking politician is on each one. Trouble is - she's been missing for a year. Great premise and I was hooked. But what makes or breaks a great premise are the protagonists. I'm happy to say that Sveistrup has created a great pair in Detectives Thulin and Hess. Thulin is a single mother balancing parenting and detecting. She's tough, intelligent, happy to work on her own and doesn't suffer fools. But that's what she fears she's been paired with when she inherits Hess from Europol. He has messed up there and until things are cleared, he's assigned to partner with Thulin in the Major Crimes Division in Copenhagen. But, really Hess just wants to coast until he can get back to Europol - where he also coasts along. This pair reminded me a bit of the two detectives in The Killing. Seemingly polar opposites. But as things progress, they grudgingly start to work together. I really enjoyed this pairing - and hopefully they cross paths again in another novel. Their work is cut out for them. The case is hindered by politicos and complicated by multiple suspects. Just when I thought I had sussed out the killer was, another possibility popped up. I quite enjoyed being led down the garden path. And I have to say, I was surprised by the final answers. Well done. (Which I really appreciate as I read a lot of mysteries). The ending has a nice little gotcha that opens things up for a possible follow-up. A wonderfully dark and gritty read for those who love Scandi noir (puts hand up). (And on a side note, Netflix is making a series based on this book).
Samantha1020 3 months ago
This book is JUST as creepy as that summary makes it seem! Let me tell you, I cannot remember the last time that a book creeped me out enough that I was freaked out walking into my dark garage one evening after the overhead light had burned out. Oh but this book did exactly that! I picked this one up but honestly was a bit intimidated by the size at first. I needn't have worried because the pages just flew on by with this book. It WAS SO good and I just couldn't seem to stop reading. I do need to say that this book is considerably dark so it won't be for all readers. And there are definite trigger warnings in here that readers will want to be aware of as well. All of that being said, books like this are exactly why I read (and I kinda have to wonder about myself after saying all of that - ha!) But seriously, this book felt like the perfect read to start fall off with. It was dark and creepy with a terrifying killer. It's a police procedural which is something that I always enjoy. And it has these characters that maybe I didn't understand at first but by the end I wasn't ready to let them go or even see this book end. Somebody please tell me that this is going to be the first book in a series because I will be there for it!!! I love a book like this that just wraps you up in the atmosphere of the story that the author is telling. I could feel the chill in the air as these two detectives tried to figure out what was going on and who the killer was. I really appreciated the fact that I was kept guessing with this book until the very end. I didn't see the ending coming whatsoever which boosted my enjoyment of this book that much more. I'm at the point off gushing but this book completely deserves it in my opinion. I need more books like this in my reading life because wow....just wow! Also, can we please discuss that ending and what you think that it means? Overall, this book is a five star read for me which should tell you everything that you need to know. It was dark, suspenseful, eerie, and just one of the most twisted but best books that I've read so far this year. I can't give it any higher praise than that! I don't think that this book will be for everyone but I do think that this book is the perfect kind of thriller to read for this type of year. It's exactly the type of book that I look for with my fall reading which is why I want more books just like it! I think that fans of thrillers, horror (although this book isn't exactly horror it does have those kind of vibes), and suspense. I highly recommend this one and am so excited to see that so many other readers have been enjoying it as well! Bottom Line: An easy five star read for me! I need more books like this in my reading life! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher. Honest thoughts are my own.
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WhisperingStories 3 months ago
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 until he can be reinstated at Europol. The two detectives are paired up and their first task is to attend the crime scene of a woman found beaten and killed in a park. She has one hand missing and above her dangling is a man made from Chestnuts. Upon analysis of the chestnut man, the detectives discover a fingerprint belonging to a little girl who was killed nearly a year ago and someone was convicted for her murder – Although her body was never recovered. The mother of the little girl that went missing is politician Rosa Hartung, Minister for Social Affairs who has just returned to work after being given time off to grieve. Upon her return, she suddenly begins being threatened by an anonymous person. Thulin and Hess have a love, hate, relationship. When a second body of a woman is discovered brutally beaten, with both hands cut off and another Chestnut man with the fingerprint of the little girl on, the pair have to work together to find out a reason behind their murders, who the culprit could be and how is the fingerprint of a missing girl who is presumed dead being found at the scenes. Can the detectives find the answers before more deaths occur? The Chestnut Man is written by Søren Sveistrup who wrote the TV show, The Killing. I haven’t seen the programme but after reading this book I am going to see if I can get it on catch up. The book is enthralling and at times had me on the edge of my seat. It is part thriller, part detective/police procedural, and part political, all three I love to read about and find them entertaining. The main characters, Thulin and Hess and true to life, they have plenty of flaws and you get to know them alongside the case that they are working on. The plot had plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings to throw you off the scent. I must admit when the killer was revealed I was a little shocked but looking back I could see how they manipulated what was happening. The chapters are short and snappy and I just didn’t want to put the book down. It felt a little daunting at first as it is a big book, but believe me, I flew through it, I just didn’t want to stop reading. This is a brilliant debut book. It kept me in suspense from the opening scene, which really is something. The plot is dark, gritty and captivating and I didn’t want to discover who the killer was as I knew that it meant the book was coming to a close. This is one amazing book that if you love thrillers you should really read it. Nordic Noir at its best.
Ms-Hurst 3 months ago
The Chestnut Man begins in 1989. A police officer doing a simple check walks in on a massacre. Flash forward and mother's are being killed and mutilated. What do the two have in common? That's what keeps you reading. I have to say that the killer was not a big surprise. The clues led right to him, so the reveal wasn't a twist at all. Finding out the backstory was the whole point. For a book as long as it is, there was very little true character development. I don't feel I know Hess well as I should. I know a lot about ridiculously obscure Danish Parliament. I guess that's something. In the end, I do want to see Thulin and Hess again.
Anonymous 5 months ago
So many parts that are finally tied together. Kept me interested til the last sentence,
MikeStaff 5 months ago
The Chestnut Man is a prodigious thriller. It's really an extraordinary debut from Soren Sveistrup. The pacing is impeccable. The characters are engaging. The plot threads are wonderfully woven together as the book races towards a utterly satisfying conclusion. One can only hope we see more of Hess and Thulin in the future-- in print or on the screen. Bravo!
Jihan1281 5 months ago
Whoa!!! I have never read a police procedural thriller as intense as this one. Although, I must admit that I am not reading that much police procedural thrillers nowadays. There is too much gore in this book and is also very graphic. As far as the gore goes, in my opinion, it reminds me of Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. I love that the plot is in Copenhagen which made it more interesting because it is something new for me. I am not familiar with the " The Killing " TV series, I have never heard of it. Now, I can't wait to watch it. I like the story, it is very original. The characters are well developed. I also like how it ended. I highly recommend this book.
taramichelle 6 months ago
The Chestnut Man was a slow-burn mystery that slowly unraveled, revealing even deeper mysteries. There are red herrings galore, which I loved since it meant the reader has to constantly reevaluate everything. Although the first half took me a while to get through, it laid an amazing framework for the second-half, which I tore through. I loved the two main characters (a pair of detectives) and seeing how their partnership changed over the course of the book. All that being said, The Chestnut Man was also SO much darker than I thought it would be going in. I’d highly recommend looking up trigger warnings if you need them. If you’re looking for a dark, twisty thriller that will leave you guessing until the end, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
lee2staes 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed. It had a very interesting and unexpected twist. I was sure I had this book all figured out but then it twisted into something entirely different. The ending is totally awesome. I would be interested in reading more of this author. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
casey710 6 months ago
This is an amazing debut novel and one you will not put down once you start. A very psychotic serial killer is stalking the streets of Copenhagen committing some very gruesome and baffling murders. The story is not for the faint of heart but nothing is written here with the intent to shock the readers. It is all relevant to the storyline. I would consider this one of the best examples of the growing list of nordic noir novels to hit the market in the past few years. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy for review.
RowingRabbit 6 months ago
I was a big fan of “The Killing” so when I heard about this book, onto the wish list it went. Did it live up to my expectations? You betcha. This Scandi crime/police procedural comes loaded with all the elements that will keep you reading into the wee hours. Two compelling MC’s, an intricate plot & a sinister bad guy…it ticks all the boxes. Set in Copenhagen, it’s the story of a current investigation with deep ties to the past delivered with a stealthy & rising sense of menace. The first MC is Naia Thulin. She’s a young cop who is slowly dying of boredom as the newest member of the Major Crimes Division. Despite her intelligence & tech skills, she’s being wasted on the small stuff. Naia decides to ask for a transfer to Cyber Crimes but her boss has one last job for her. It seems they’ve been saddled with a Europol agent who was demoted back to Copenhagen. Her job is to babysit for a few days until he’s up to speed. Mark Hess spent the last 5 years living a nomadic life with Europol. But a disagreement with higher-ups resulted in him being sent back to his old stomping grounds. He’s been paired with Thulin, a rather intense young woman, but making new friends is not a priority. Copenhagen holds too many bad memories & his sole focus is getting his job back. Then a body is found. In alternate chapters we meet Rosa Hartung. She’s the government minister for social services who is returning to work after compassionate leave. A year ago her daughter Kristine disappeared & has never been found. The tragedy left it’s mark on her family & she needs to get back to some kind of normal. Thulin & Hess take the call about a body & arrive to find a young nurse who’s been murdered. The area is carefully picked over but no leads are forthcoming. Until they get an odd call from the forensic crew. One of the items taken from the scene was a funny little doll made from chestnuts & matchsticks. A fingerprint was found on it & they have a match…..Kristine Hartung. I’ll leave it at that for the plot. Suffice to say there are more bodies, each accompanied by a chestnut man. The book opens with a ominous prologue from 1989 so you know there’s more going on here than just the crimes in the present. This is a great read for several reasons but two things stood out for me. First, don’t expect to be spoon fed. We learn things right along with the MC’s & I enjoyed being a third partner in the investigation. Some clever misdirection means you have more than one candidate for the killer & it keeps you guessing as a good thriller should. Second, I really liked Thulin & Hess. These 2 characters are the heart & soul of the story. They have very different styles & it was interesting to watch them go from barely speaking to appreciating what the other brought to the table. Both are smart & capable of the intuitive thinking that puts it all together. The author purposely gives only sparse details about their pasts & you get the feeling there is so much more to learn about them. Maybe in book 2? (hint, hint) So many procedurals rely on a character’s dumb decision to move the story along & it was a pleasure to read one that didn’t stoop to using this device. With a clever plot & intelligent characters, there was no need. As for the ending, just when you think you’ve made it safely to the other side….well, that would be telling. My reaction? “Oh, crap”. A big bowl of shiny chestnuts to translator Caroline Waight. She does a stellar job of providing a seamless trans
diane92345 6 months ago
A current Danish murder is entwined with an earlier closed case by a child’s Chestnut Man. Almost a year ago, a girl named Kristine disappeared. Her mother, Rosa, is high up in Danish politics. Police find a mentally ill man who confesses to the crime and is quickly convicted. However, Kristine’s body is never found. In the present day, Laura is killed in a graphically violent way on a local playground. Suspicion immediately falls on her live-in boyfriend. Out of town for the day, his alibi is thin. If their relationship was perfect, why had Laura changed all the house’s locks while he was gone without telling him? Her autistic son can’t help explain and he was the only witness inside the family. However, when a Chestnut Man is found at the scene of Laura’s murder with the partial fingerprint of Kristine, the investigating detectives, Thulin and Hess, decide to dig into the earlier case too. This enthralling police procedural contains a complex and challenging mystery. Despite the rather graphic murder scenes, it is not the typical dark Nordic Noir. I adored this twisty book. It is perfect for armchair detectives who want to challenge themselves. Even though it is over 500 pages, I was disappointed when it ended. Now I guess I will have to watch The Killing on Netflix by the same author and pray for a sequel. 5 stars! Thanks to Harper Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Jypsylynn 6 months ago
I did not care much for The Chestnut Man. I read police procedural and crime novels often, but something about this one bothered me. I read some and skimmed some, but I didn't like what I did read. I found this story disturbing, and it's definitely not for me.