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The Chestnut Man: A Novel door Soren…
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel (origineel 2018; editie 2019)

door Soren Sveistrup (Auteur)

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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"--… (meer)
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Titel:The Chestnut Man: A Novel
Auteurs:Soren Sveistrup (Auteur)
Info:Harper (2019), Edition: Reprint, 528 pages
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A book that propels you forward and gives you all the pent-up’ness. A fine ending… except I didn’t love the very last last last bit. That’s ok. ( )
  avanders | Nov 28, 2021 |
Meurtres un peu trop gores, mais très bonne intrigue! Novembre 2021 : série sur Netflix ( )
  devarebeke | Nov 15, 2021 |
Finally! The ending was a bit too pat, as with most detective novels, but I am crowning The Chestnut Man with five stars anyway because this is the first novel I have been able to get stuck into for a while! There's a Netflix adaptation, of course, but I'm not sure I can watch now that the main characters have come to life for me in a way that doesn't match the screen cast.

The plot gave me Jeffrey Deaver vibes and I was thoroughly hooked but I also grew to care about the two detectives, small but fierce Naia Thulin and troubled new guy Mark Hess (with his heterochromic eyes, which reminded me of Practical Magic!) He is an ass to start with, determined to get back to his old job with Europol, and I'm surprised she wasn't marked as the next victim, given the marginal amount of time she spends actually caring for her daughter, but I eventually started feeling very protective of the pair!

I'm not a mad fan of crime fiction, Nordic noir or otherwise but I know that the killer is nearly always someone on the inside, although I must admit that I only realised when the clues started getting really heavy-handed! And I'm glad that the author let the flashbacks speak for themselves, without going down the whole 'nobody loved me, that's why I'm like this' route - or as Hess tells the killer: ‘I don’t feel sorry for you. You were probably a psychopath from birth. I’m just sorry you ever got out of that basement.’ The constant switching of perspective was slightly tedious, however - we don't need to know why a victim's husband hates his family or the whole entire history of two 'red herring' characters, thanks, just the facts.

The setting, particularly when read in October with the same terrible weather and dark nights, was wonderfully atmospheric. I think Thulin and Hess spend the bulk of the novel wet through from walking around in the cold rain. A spooky touch, to go with the creepy chestnut men figures found at the crime scenes!

The sure sign of a good book is when the characters are stronger than the plot, and now I really, really want this to be the start of a long series with Thulin and Hess (especially now that he's on the family tree)! ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Oct 20, 2021 |
I've been reading a lot of thrillers/crime fiction lately and I've started to recognize some of the common tropes. What's particularly interesting to me is that even when I can see many of the same elements and even some of the same phrasing, as I can in this novel, if the story is good, I still want to keep reading. Maybe there's a difference between shared tropes and formulaic writing, or maybe I'm forgiving of both if the story or the writing is compelling.

Which is a long way of saying that, although I found a lot in this novel that seemed familiar, I still really enjoyed reading it. When I finished it, I was really hoping it was part of a series so I could keep reading more about the characters (the ones that survived, at least). ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 13, 2021 |
This had to be one of the fastest DNFs for me. I can't even really tell you why, much beyond the writing style (or maybe the translator's writing style?) just grated on me. I bailed mere minutes into it.
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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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"--

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