5 / 5 Stars
A must-read for Skandi-noir fans...
Thank you, Jenny at Michael Joseph Books, for the copy of this book to review. I am excited to be part of the blog tour today. Released in January 2019 this debut novel by the writer of The Killing is a fast paced, creepy, sometimes brutal and graphic read.
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?
I loved the Stieg Larrson trilogy and this book reminded me of them and it has been a long time since I have read a really engrossing Scandi crime novel.
The book begins with a flashback to a murder in 1989 a detective is the first on the scene at a gruesome murder scene in which we get the first sight of The Chestnut Man. The story moves to present day and another murder, we are introduced to Thulin an ambitious female officer and Hess an Interpol officer who has been sent from Europol to Copenhagen after an incident.
The Major Crimes department have been working on a disappearance of a young girl nearly a year ago whose Mother Rosa Hartung is a Minister in the Government. Hess quickly finds that there appears to be a connection between the murder and the disappearance and several murders happen in quick succession all linking to the Chestnut Man.
The book has scenes which involve torture and graphic descriptions which some may find difficult to read. This did not detract from the book for me personally. I enjoyed getting to know the detectives in this book and I really enjoyed the pace of the book and I just wanted to keep reading, it was clever and well plotted, and I was kept guessing the whole way through the book. I could see this easily being made into a film or tv drama and I think fans of Scandi Noir will love it!