I have an exciting book to review for you today as it is my turn on the blog tour for Søren Sveistrup’s newest book, The Chestnut Man.
One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.
Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. 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. But the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars and the case long since closed.
Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?
Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over . . .
After reading a lot of fantasy and sci-fi lately, I was really excited to delve into a book of one of my favourite genres- crime. This thriller is definitely a non-stop fast paced story bound to have you racing to the end.
I really admired how inventive this story was. I love the film, The Bone Collector (starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington) because it’s smart and develops the story well. Anyone who is a fan of my blog will know I enjoy ‘clever’ crime thrillers. The murderer in The Chestnut Man is coordinated, but equally a risk taker, leaving the bodies with the intent of them being found. Their moves are quick and calculated, yet they can’t help but leave behind their masterpiece- a dead woman with her hand cut off underneath a doll made of chestnuts.
The sick yet clever ‘Chestnut Man’ keeps the characters, and the reader, on their toes, establishing a way of communication through his crimes yet leaving just enough room for them to strew. It’s a game of cat and mouse, yet the truth may be closer than people think.
The structure of the story is also interesting. I usually go for novels with a first-person narrator (just a matter of preference) yet The Chestnut Man is written in third-person. However, in a strange turn of events, had it been written from a first-person POV, I don’t think it would have had the same shock factor. I think this is because is you connect with the characters, yet still keep them at arm’s length, anyone can be a suspect- the reader is conflicted about characters yet cannot underestimate their gut instinct, all of which is turned on its head with the many twists and turns this book holds.
For anyone who enjoyed C. J. Tudor’s, The Chalk Man (which I certainly did!!!) Søren Sveistrup’s The Chestnut Man is the perfect crime-thriller which will have you biting your nails in suspense. A contemporary and daring crime read for anyone who loves the genre, but especially for those who want more than your everyday crime cliché. There is nothing cliché about this book, but its daring slickness will have a hold on you until the end!
How to get your hands on a copy (Pre-order for 10th January release date!)
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour below!
Thank you to Jenny Platt from Penguin Random House for my slot on the blog tour and my copy of the book!
Happy reading! Lx