Book Review: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for “The Chestnut Man” by Siren Sveistrup, writer of the TV Show, “The Killing”.

The Chestnut Man Blog Tour


10th January 2019 / Hardback / Michael Joseph / £12.99

Introducing the nail-biting debut thriller from the BAFTA and Emmy winning creator of global TV sensation The Killing. Publishing in 25 territories around the world, The Chestnut Man captures all the unrelenting tension, style and atmosphere that made The Killing unmissable viewing and amass legions of fans worldwide.

The Blurb:

One 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.

On 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 missing-and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection with the Hartung case. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because its clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over…

The Author:

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.

Søren Sveistrup (born 1968) holds a master of Literature and History from the University of Copenhagen and has graduated as script writer
from the Danish Film School.

My Review:

Firstly, I am hugely grateful to Jenny Platt at Penguin Random House and f course to the author Søren Sveistrup for giving me the opportunity of reading and reviewing this wonderful book!

Firstly I want to give you a warning – there is some ‘hard to read’ parts of this book but I also want to add that they are never gruesome for the sae of it and I believe are written wonderfully.  I don’t shy away from gruesome and graphic and actually quite like it when an author portrays things honestly and Søren Sveistrup doesn’t disappoint!

This is another book that is hard to tell you too much abut for fear of ruining the experience for you but needless to say that I HIGHLY recommend it – although it’s quite a hefty book I finished it in just 3 sittings and found myself putting off things that really needed to be done as I just couldn’t put it down!

If you are a fan of ‘The Killing’ TV show, love a good Scandi-noir story and can deal with some dark situations, then pick this up in January when it’s published – you won’t regret it and will have another author to add to your ‘Must buy every book they release’ list – just like me!

4.75 Stars!

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