The Chestnut Man

The Chestnut Man

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"On the first 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, leaving Rosa with no choice but to try to move on without closure. 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 cut off--and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection to the Hartung case. To put an end to the killing spree, the pair, with nothing in common aside from equally troubled personal lives, realize they will need to put aside their differences in a race against time--and a brutal psychopath"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062968531
Characteristics: 516 pages ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Waight, Caroline - Translator

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chriss_g
Mar 09, 2020

It took what felt like an impossibly long time to get into this book and I suspect it is because the chapters are so short and are flashing between characters, times and places. I'd read two pages about one scenario and we'd move onto someone else. I'm not sure if the chapters got longer by the end or I just became more engrossed in what I was reading but I finally managed to finish it.
I didn't see it coming but that doesn't necessarily necessitate it as a good reveal. It seemed illogical and in my opinion, it would've made more sense for someone else to have been 'the chestnut man'

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laphampeak
Jan 22, 2020

Great mystery! The plot wove in and out of characters which kept the story interesting. There was more depth than some mysteries but enough for a readable pace. Sveistrup switched up the focus of investigation which kept the reader wondering until the end.

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htliang
Jan 12, 2020

Pros:
Main characters Hess & Thulin interesting & likeable, fast-paced, well-written, interesting first 1/2 of book, nice short chapters
Cons:
Too easy to know "villian" due to lack of other options, implausible plot, far-fetched last 1/2 of book

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dsw3914
Jan 07, 2020

One of the best British/Scandinavian mysteries I have read. Keeps your interest from start to end. Hope the characters will be in another book by this author.

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