Book Review: The Chestnut Man


The Chestnut Man

By: Soren Sveistrup

The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath 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.

Examining 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 ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.


Genre: Thriller

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Bookish Tip: Read with the lights on.

I’m am going to keep this review short in order to avoid spoilers.

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup is one extraordinary thriller. It is an intense, slow burn mystery with a bit of gore on the side.

The plot is so very well written and extremely thought out. It is a bit on the long side (my only dislike) but the short chapters really kept it flowing.

As a reader, you will be sent on one wild goose chase. The twist and turns are unnerving. The links between the victims and potential victims are shocking. And most importantly, the identity of the killer is absolutely bonkers. Most won’t be able to guess it.

What more can you ask for in a thriller?

Recommendation: 100% recommended by me. It’s soooooo good!

More Books Like The Chestnut Man…

If you really enjoy The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup, try these thrillers! I’ve read both Alex North’s The Whisper Man and Alice Blanchard’s Trace of Evil. They are 5 star and 4.5 star reads, respectively, in my opinion. I have also heard great things regarding Ruth Ware’s The Turn Of The Key.

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