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    Ecellent page turner

    Plenty of good story telling coupled with novel murders. Edge of your seat stuff.
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    Excellent

    This book is a supreme page turner. Couldn't put it down
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    The Chestnut Man

    A great and gripping story. Fantastic characters, this is not your ordinary crime thriller. A must read.
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    Nordic Noir at its best.

    Detective Naia Thulin works in the Homicide department in Copenhagen, Denmark which is run by Detective Nylander. She is a single mother to daughter Le and is finding the department a little boring and so requests a transfer to NC3, National Cyber Crime department. Mark Hess once worked at The Hague for Europol. After some issues, he is transferred to the homicide department in Copenhagen. He doesn’t want to be there and is merely counting the days until he can be reinstated at Europol. The two detectives are paired up and their first task is to attend the crime scene of a woman found beaten and killed in a park. She has one hand missing and above her dangling is a man made from Chestnuts. Upon analysis of the chestnut man, the detectives discover a fingerprint belonging to a little girl who was killed nearly a year ago and someone was convicted for her murder – Although her body was never recovered. The mother of the little girl that went missing is politician Rosa Hartung, Minister for Social Affairs who has just returned to work after being given time off to grieve. Upon her return, she suddenly begins being threatened by an anonymous person. Thulin and Hess have a love, hate, relationship. When a second body of a woman is discovered brutally beaten, with both hands cut off and another Chestnut man with the fingerprint of the little girl on, the pair have to work together to find out a reason behind their murders, who the culprit could be and how is the fingerprint of a missing girl who is presumed dead being found at the scenes. Can the detectives find the answers before more deaths occur? The Chestnut Man is written by Søren Sveistrup who wrote the TV show, The Killing. I haven’t seen the programme but after reading this book I am going to see if I can get it on catch up. The book is enthralling and at times had me on the edge of my seat. It is part thriller, part detective/police procedural, and part political, all three I love to read about and find them entertaining. The main characters, Thulin and Hess and true to life, they have plenty of flaws and you get to know them alongside the case that they are working on. The plot had plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings to throw you off the scent. I must admit when the killer was revealed I was a little shocked but looking back I could see how they manipulated what was happening. The chapters are short and snappy and I just didn’t want to put the book down. It felt a little daunting at first as it is a big book, but believe me, I flew through it, I just didn’t want to stop reading. This is a brilliant debut book. It kept me in suspense from the opening scene, which really is something. The plot is dark, gritty and captivating and I didn’t want to discover who the killer was as I knew that it meant the book was coming to a close. This is one amazing book that if you love thrillers you should really read it. Nordic Noir at its best.
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    A gruesome debut

    A murderer is on the prowl and his signature is amputation of limbs and little Chestnut Men left at the scene. Can Thulin and Hess, an unlikely partnership find the killer before it’s too late? The Chestnut Man is a great debut novel from Søren Sveistrup and I will certainly be on the look out for other books from him in future. It’s very much a police procedural but it’s gritty and gory with some truly gruesome crime scenes described in detail – not one for the faint hearted. Naia Thulin and Mark Hess are an interesting partnership and both well rounded characters in their own right – I hope we’ll hear more from them in later books. There are lots of threads to The Chestnut Man and you really do feel like you are taken on a rollercoaster ride all the way through. The investigation follows many paths and also jumps perspective as well but they all converge well and the end twist I certainly did not see coming. I really enjoyed the way that the book kept up the tension and suspense throughout. It had lots of little cliff hangers and discoveries at the end of each chapter, but unlike a lot of books in a similar genre it didn’t then spell this out to the reader straight away on the next page. It was sometimes several chapters down the line that you discovered what had been found out to further the investigation and this kept your interest held throughout. Overall The Chestnut Man is a great and gory debut which keeps you hooked throughout. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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