I am absolutely thrilled to be on the EPIC #blogtour for The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup, the debut thriller from the writer of THE KILLING and my thanks to Michael Joseph and Jenny Platt for inviting me on to the tour and providing me with a copy of the book.
About the book:
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…
About 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: Now I absolutely LOVED The Killing when I watched it on TV and when I was asked if I wanted to read Søren Sveistrup debut thriller I obviously JUMPED at the chance.
I must admit to starting this book with slight trepidation as I’d heard that you need to concentrate when reading it, mainly due to the Danish names being a Scandi Crime Thriller and quite a bit of jumping back and forth, so I made sure my day was clear and sat down ready to read with no outside interruptions. This, however, was completely unnecessary as I was utterly gripped and immersed into the story and the characters within the first few chapters.
The Chestnut Man is a really fast paced serial killer thriller with some absolutely GRUESOME murders, two fascinating lead detectives and an unknown psychopath who is killing women and leaving a Chestnut Man near their dismembered bodies.
The background between the two main detectives, Thulin, a single mother working in the Major Crimes Division but desperate to move to Cyber Crime and Hess, a disgraced ex-Europol detective sent to Copenhagen is brilliant. Both detectives seem to be uninterested in this case for their own personal reasons and it is so interesting as a reader to follow and watch how their attitudes and relationship changes throughout the story.
It’s dark, disturbing and totalling gripping. Descriptive, atmospheric and utterly compelling. If you enjoy intelligent thrillers full of twists and turns, lots of violence, brilliant characters and action packed then I would definitely recommend The Chestnut Man.
The book is available to purchase now and you must check out all the other bloggers who took part in this tour listed below.