This was one of my recent NetGalley reads that took me completely by surprise and pulled me out of a 4-star slump. I was expecting a typical thriller with possible translation barriers but what I got was far more than I expected.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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“Chestnut man, do come in. Chestnut man, do come in. Have you any chestnuts that you’ve brought for me today? Thank you kindly, won’t you stay…”
A brutal murder of a single mother is discovered by the murder squad in Copenhagen, her hand amputated and a chestnut man left at the scene. A revelation reveals that a fingerprint left on the chestnut matches the fingerprint of a young girl declared dead after she went missing a year ago. A series of similar murders occur, each more brutal than the next and the same chestnut figure and fingerprints found at the scene. The police must work fast to find out why the women are being targeted, the significance of the chestnut men, the mystery behind the fingerprint and crucially, the psychopath who is terrorising the city.
Here is everything I look for in a thriller:
- High intensity
- Lots of action
- Red herrings to put me off the scent
- A justifiable motive
- Moments that leave me speechless/ questioning everything I thought I knew
- An interweaving plot that has been cleverly crafted
- Main characters that are likable/ I can connect with
- A great ending that isn’t rushed
- A puzzle that I think I’ve worked out
- Being absolutely completely wrong
This book ticked every box.
Classic Nordic noir
What even is Nordic noir?! I had no idea until recently and I’ve decided it’s definitely a genre I want to explore more of. It’s a type of Scandi crime fiction that often features dark storylines and gloomy settings. This book certainly had those two major characteristics. If you can recommend any books in this setting, please throw them my way.
Genre: Thriller, Nordic noir, crime
Pages: 528 (Kindle)
About the author: Søren Sveistrup is a Danish writer and producer. He was the acclaimed scriptwriter for the popular TV show ‘The Killing’.
Fun fact – we share a birthday🎂