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Kastanjemanden The heart pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The KillingIf you find one he’s already found youA psychopath is terrorizing CopenhagenHis calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime sceneExamining 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 agoA tragic coincidence—or something twistedTo save innocent lives a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome cluesBecause it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from overAnd no one is safe

  • 528 pages
  • Kastanjemanden
  • Søren Sveistrup
  • Danish
  • 10 November 2016

About the Author: Søren Sveistrup

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon The Killing which won various international awards and sold in than a hundred countries More recently Sveistrup wrote the screenplay for Jo Nesbø's The SnowmanSveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film School He has

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  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    I was sooooo ready to give five Danish thrilling chilling darkest mind numbing stars to this book as a die hard fan of Danish series “Forbrydelsen” American version is “Killing” but in my opinion Danish version beats the hell of US version because of the atmosphere sensational smart darker crime thriller elements and far better casting performances I always prefer Sarah Lund over Sarah LindenBut now I’m barely rounding up 35 to 4 stars just because of the impressive riveting exciting beginning The reasons to cut the points Longevity There were too many detailed long never ending descriptions slow the pace and you wanted to skip the details and try to find the real action hid in the long sentences If the author may reduce at least 100 pages and cut some extra details about all the characters’ background stories it could be helpful for us to get the juicy thrilling and witty parts of the story that hooked me up at the first chapters RESEMBLANCE with “Forbrydelsen” Thulin is between Girl in the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth with her technological skills high intelligence and Killing’s Sarah Lund with her independent work oriented serious detailed tough manners she tries to raise her child by herself As a difference from Sarah she has a girl who forms a uick relationship with her new troubled colleague Unlike Stephen Holder thanks to US version series introduced us Joel Kinnaman now he is in every show including Hanna For All Mankind Altered Carbon or Lennart Brix Danish character Hess stronger and complex introvert hero has troubled past his new position is a test and last chance for him to prove his ability to work on a case being a part of a team He is not a drug addict or divorced like LennartStephen but his past demons and a heart wrenching tragedy he’d endured justifies his changing moods and antisocial mannersA SUCCESSFUL SCRIPTWRITER ALWAYS GIVES HIMSELF AWAY I felt like I didn’t read chapters of book I read 130 scenes of a screenplay Some character descriptions detailed background stories and their motives were written like character analysis It was good to imagine each chapter as fast pacing moving scenes of an action crime thriller movie It worked for me as I start to read like that and I imagined Rosamund Pike and Tom Hardy as my casting choices Sorry no American actors came to my mind I think British talents already invaded HollywoodBut I still liked the writing dark stunning captivating atmosphere gruesome stomach lurching violent murders that we used to from the other Scandinavian novels The main reason connects the murders is child abuseneglectabandonment The killer acts like a savior of those harmed wounded little childrenI wish I could see parts of Thulin and Hess come together getting rid of the hostility and disconnection weaken their performances to organize as colleagues and friends taking out their boxing gloves and settling their differences I wanted to see them work as a real team love hate relationship But they didn’t team up till the end and they continue their own personal investigations they didn’t share much about their findings which put them dangerous situations But I think a seuel is coming and at the next book we’re gonna see connection and bounding relationship between themAs a result after omitting few pages this is still a great story with remarkable characterization and dark stunning heart throbbing agitating horrifying but also creatively dark and scary themes make this one of the good examples of the genre So if the author decides to write a seuel or adapt it to the TV I happily read and watch it I’m a big fan of his previous works and I am enthusiastic and excited to read crime stories he will create in near futurebloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Omg I had to get this because I loved the show The Killing need to read those books LOOK AT THE STAINED EDGES it's signed and numbered This book was pretty awesome and freaky Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. Debra Debra says:

    A grizzly debut that will NOT having you dreaming of chestnuts roasting on an open fire anytime soon I'd rather have Jack frost nipping at my nose instead thank you very much This debut novel details a police investigation into the murders of mothers who have had various allegations of neglect and abuse filed against them The murders are violent and gruesome He likes to take a hand here a foot therebut he is a giver also his gift or calling card if you will is a chestnut man made out you guessed it chestnuts and match sticks Interesting choice of calling card but this is an interesting case What makes this even interesting that there is a fingerprint on the chestnut men left behind the fingerprint of a young girl who went missing a year ago She is presumed dead but her parents are given hope when her print if found on the chestnut menThis had a few twists and turns and things all do come together in the end I didn't figure this one out which was nice I liked to be surprised In the end it all made sense and had me looking back wondering if I might have missed some clues The only thing that would have made this book better for me was of the killer I would have loved to hear that POV without giving the identity away Not for the faint at heart but if you are a fan of Scandinavian fiction or the television show the Killing this one is for you There are some gruesome scenes but they are not gratuitous They serve a purpose to show just how sick and damaged the killer is I look forward to books by this authorThank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

  4. Meredith Meredith says:

    35 starsA promising start but a ways to goThe Chestnut Man is a psychological thriller about a serial killer out for revenge Little chestnut men are discovered at the crime scenes of gruesome murders A 12 year old girl who has been missing for a year and presumed dead has a link to the little dolls Two detectives are brought in to find The Chestnut Man a serial killer who has been eluding the police for years Putting the puzzle together proves dangerous as the killer is one step ahead Will they be able to stop a deranged killer or will they be the next victims of The Chestnut Man?The bad It took me over a week to read The Chestnut Man which is a very long time for me There were times when I was completely immersed in the story and other times where I was able to put this down I am a huge fan of the Nordic Noir genre and I felt like parts of this plot had been borrowed from other booksauthors I have read The author is the writer of the TV show The Killing and parts of this book read like they are meant to play out on the small screen this book could have used a good edit The writing was choppy this might be due to the translation and other parts felt like they were inserted to drag the plot out In the end everything came together just a little too neatly and happily I can envision this book being played out on as a television series with even the last bit is thrown in for the end to add a second seasonOnto the good The two main detectives were cardboard like in the beginning but towards the end they finally developed some life They grew on me and I wouldn’t mind seeing them again in another book While the plot was formulaic I was still interested in reading it and seeing events play out The verdict While this wasn’t the amazing Nordic Noir thriller I was hoping for I found it to be a decent read with a lot of potential It was rough in the beginning but The Chestnut Man grew on me in the end

  5. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Soren Sveistrup is the man behind the runaway successful Danish TV series The Killing he has now turned his attention to writing his first Scandi Noir novel set in Copenhagen The Chestnut Man carries trademark elements of The Killing it is part police procedural part psychological thriller incorporating politicians whilst giving us social realism in its portrayals and insights into the lives of its diverse range of characters that inhabit the story It is dark bleak and brutal with a serial killer running rampant in the present day Naia Thulin is a detective in Homicide's Murder Suad led by Nylander feeling that her workload has barely challenged her abilities she wants and has plans to transfer to NC3 National Cyber Crime Centre She is a single mother with a daughter Le Mark Hess has been pushed out of Europol after issues and lands in the Murder Suad not wanting to be there with every intention of being reinstated in Europol as soon as possible He is partnered with Thulin who uickly judges him to be a man that will be of little use with a reputation for not being much of a detectiveThe detectives find themselves on a brutal murder scene where a 37 year old mother Laura Kjaer has been horrifically killed with her amputated hand missing and left at the scene is a chestnut man A still grieving Rosa Hartung is returning to her post as politician and Minister for Social Affairs in the government after the disappearance of her 12 year old daughter Kristine a year ago Linus Bekker confessed to and is sectioned in a psychiatric facility for her murder although his memory of the act was poor but evidence suggests the conviction is secure Rosa is plunged into fresh turmoil when fingerprints on the chestnut man at the murder scene are identified as being that of Kristine Additionally Rosa is receiving disturbing death threats As further murders occur with a similar MO of mothers with children with the signature chestnut men with Kristine's fingerprints the police struggle to find any leads whilst the serial killer runs rings around them Hess and Thulin are ordered to ignore the Hartrup connection despite the fact it seems to be critical to the investigation Sveistrup gives us compelling crime fiction with a fascinating partnership between Thulin with her eyes on a future out of the murder suad and Hess with a traumatised past with little interest initially in the case One of the highlights of the novel is the development of their characters and their relationship from such poor initial beginnings Hess becomes a man obsessed to the point of falling apart determined to get to the bottom of the heinous murders being committed None of the Murder Suad are accepting of him and the boss has lined him up as the fall guy as the pressure intensifies on the police It takes time for Thulin to see Hess as a dedicated and effective detective that challenges the perceptions of the case dogged in his determination to find the killer and willing to enter forbidden territory convinced the case is rooted in the past and that Rosa Hartung is central to it This is a crime thriller that will appeal to fans of Scandi Noir a genre defined by its darkness and harrowing murders Sveistrup has succeeded in making a brilliant chilling debut compulsive and gripping reading packed with suspense and tension and with great characterisation Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC

  6. Sumit RK Sumit RK says:

    As the leaves fall He's coming for you The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup is a dark gritty thriller and an excellent debut from the creator of the hit television show The Killing With a brilliant storyline tense atmosphere and some great characters this is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long time Set in Denmark a psychotic serial killer 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 To save innocent lives an unlikely pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues As the investigation goes further we realize that nothing is what it seems to be on surfaceReading the book is like solving a jigsaw puzzle None of the individual pieces look in place till the big pictures start emerging and the picture becomes suddenly clearer Right from the novel’s first scene THE CHESTNUT MAN gives a hint of the thrill ride that’s about to follow Our story begins on Halloween in 1989 when a local Danish policeman is called to a remote farmhouse for a routine visit Readers will be instantly transported to rural Denmark and the beauty of the autumn season till they encounter what’s waiting for them The story is a part of police procedural and part psychological thriller A ‘Nordic Noir’; with the bleak dark setting and the complex characters and is vastly different from the English country house murder mystery The plot becomes increasingly complex and the author cleverly interweaves the investigations the politics and the individual lives of detectives Thulin and Hess and others The story unfolds through numerous twists turns and cliff hangers to an explosive climax Even though 500 pages long it is the sort of book that never feels long Among the characters Detectives Thulin and Hess make an unlikely pair Thulin is a single mother and a rising star in her police force Hess is an outsider—from Europol sent to Copenhagen as punishment for one of his many blunders on the job A dark brooding Hess is a perfect foil to Thulin’s cool and collected personality I wish the story had interactions between the two but hopefully their story will be continued in future installments The book has many instances of graphic violence However this violence is not at the expense of the story and only advances the story further Having said that some of the scenes may be upsetting for someOverall The Chestnut Man is powerful gritty police procedural with a brilliant storyline and some great characters Sveistrup has succeeded in creating a gripping story full of suspense and thrills This is the one story you don’t want to miss Many thanks to the publishers HarperCollins the author Søren Sveistrup and Edelweiss for the ARC

  7. Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill says:

    Whoathis book was so dark brutal goryfantasticI have been wanting to get ahold of this book for a loooong time I finally got lucky enough to get a copy I must admit I was a bit intimidated when I discovered it was over 500 pages and that it was a police procedural Trust me none of that matters The chapters were short and I flew through them I found the tension building as I raced through them I am not a fan of police procedurals but this had such a intriguing blurb that I had to dig in and yes it was addictiveThe crimes are not for the faint of heart I found myself almost wanting to cover my eyes and peek at the pages it was that gory Yet what did I expect? This is a flipping serial killer that is into some weird games He leaves his calling card at each scenea handmade chestnut man Yet the tiny chestnut dudes all have something in common They all have the fingerprints of a victim that has been thought to be dead for a good year Hmmmis she alive or did she make these before she was brutally murdered?I was all over the place with my suspicions as to whom might be the chestnut man as the killer was justly named by the media We follow along with the team of detectives and they were just as much in the dark as I was as to who this twisted psychopath was I loved the ending and dare I say I predict there may be a seuel? Do I dare say the author left an opening for yet another twisted book? I really thought this was going to be just too much for me when I started it Yet it was like a bad accident I just could not look away I got caught up in the story and I had to knowwho is the chestnut man?

  8. Felicia Felicia says:

    Serial killer fiction is one of my favorite subgenres despite the fact that very few of these books reach a level of exceptional storytelling But when it's done right there's no better read for meUnfortunately The Chestnut Man isn't done rightI often feel as if there is some outline for writers of the genre entitled How to Write the Typical Cliché Serial Killer Novel of which they all follow and for some reason that's enough for the massesThat's not enough for meThe Chestnut Man follows this outline to a T I'll sum it up for youBad cop good cop in lovehate relationship work under the threat of their up and coming superior who is concerned with his career than actually solving a crime Enter serial killer throw in some gory scenes for distraction Sprinkle in a few red herrings even though the killer is pretty obvious to most astute readers Wrap everything up with bad cop saving good cop from killer but not before killer vomits the story of his entire friggin life as way of explaining why he started chopping people up as a hobby Good cop and bad cop live happily ever after fade to black 25 Stars ⭐If you're not a freuent reader of this genre then I've no doubt that this one will be a sufficient and engrossing story If you wish to compare it to other books with depth and less cliché I can recommend a few Silence of the LambsThe Girl with the Dragon TattooPerfumeThe Collectorand a recent addition The Butterfly Garden I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  9. BernLuvsBooks BernLuvsBooks says:

    5 Heart Pounding Stars You'll never seethink of chestnuts roasting on an open fire the same way againIt takes a lot for thrillers to impress me even for them to stump me The Chestnut Man did both and is hands down my fave thriller read this year Combining a gripping storyline with great characters and the kind of intense atmosphere that will have you ferociously turning pages this was one of the best crime novels I have read in a while I'm a sucker for police procedurals and this one definitely delivered for me It was a twisted slice of Nordic Noir which will appeal to those like me who are not put off by upsetting content gore or graphic violence I have no problem admitting that I'm all in for this kind of stuff 😉

  10. Yun Yun says:

    In The Chestnut Man a serial killer is on the loose in Copenhagen In addition to his brutally mutilated victims the killer leaves behind his calling card of little figurines made of chestnuts and matchsticks Even baffling a clue from each scene seems to point to another unrelated and already solved crime The police uickly realize they must stop the killer before he claims any victims but how do you stop a killer that's always one step ahead?This story contains all the hallmarks of a terrific Scandinavian noir The crimes are gruesome the detectives are all flawed and the setting is dark and gloomy Initially I found the book a little slow It introduced a good number of characters in the beginning and I had some trouble remembering them all But once I got over that bump and everything started to come together I couldn't put it down after that It's one of those meaty books you can just completely immerse into and not surface for hoursIf there's one small annoyance it's that most of the detectives in here were awfully whinny about having to do their jobs thoroughly Other than the main male detective Hess everyone else including Thulin the main female detective Nylander their boss and various other colleagues were really negative and belligerent about having to recheck facts or go over things that were left unsolved before Their constant chorus of why's and whatever for's when asked for anything read like nails on a chalkboard And since it didn't add anything to the story I wish the author had toned it downStill minor uibbles aside I found this story to be thoroughly entertaining The twists and turns in here were fun to follow along with and the big reveal was worth the buildup Even though the book is on the long side I found it riveting once I got into it It was the perfect book to get lost in on a rainy day wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a hot cup of tea

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