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The Chestnut Man

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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."


The Chestnut Man is a Danish standalone mystery thriller novel written by Søren Sveistrup and translated by Caroline Waight.

I thought that this was a solid mystery thriller and a pretty good audiobook. I was immersed in the story the entire time even though at times it was hard to get through due to themes that I cannot divulge due to spoilers (but check the trigger warnings before you read this).

I did have a minor issue with the direction the book took because I was confused when the first big reveal happened. The whodunnit came out of nowhere when it was first revealed, but it made more sense as the story continued.

I do think that this was an interesting read, but as I said, before you pick this up check the trigger warnings if needed.

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