Release Date: September 03, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Crime / Mystery
Goodreads Average: 4.25 *As of 10/06/2019*
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.
And no one is safe.
What it’s about: There is a serial killer on the loose in Copenhagen whose trademark is leaving a little ‘chestnut man’ on or near his victims. During examination of the dolls, a girl’s fingerprint is found on them, the only weird thing – she is supposedly dead. Which raises the question if she is actually dead, or if there is something much more sinister going on. Two detectives that don’t really like each other must work together to find the killer, before it’s too late.
The Chestnut Man just completely blew me away and left me wishing this wasn’t Sveistrup’s first novel. The short chapters made the long (over 500 pages) book speed by, and even though it took me awhile to read it, it definitely didn’t feel like it. There are a lot of characters and quite a few viewpoints, but it didn’t end up getting to the point where I had to keep track of them in a notebook. Eventually I got to know who everyone was, and I thought it worked well in the novel.
I also felt like there was something going on nonstop, and the police procedural aspect of the book was great. I also felt like I got to know the 2 detectives quite well, even though it is definitely plot-driven overall. The Chestnut Man got a bit gory, but I didn’t think it was near as bad as a Karin Slaughter novel and ended up being a bit tamer than I thought it would be in that aspect. So if you are squeamish you should still be able to read it! That being said there are still triggers like abuse in this book, and some of it will break your heart.
Final Thought: The Chestnut Man is a heavy, fast-paced Scandinavian crime novel that thriller readers are going to love. I figured out the direction it was going just before it was revealed, but that didn’t stop me from loving this book. I will be very impatiently waiting for more books from Sveistrup, and I can’t wait for the Netflix show!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.