The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 9/21/19-10/3/19

Sorry I’m late guys, but this one is a doozy. So buckle up, it’s a bumpy ride.

Okay, so there’s this girl called Kristine Hartung. A year prior, she disappeared, but her body was never found. She was presumed dead, but her family still held out hope. Her mother is Rosa, the prime minister of Social Affairs, and her father is a lawyer? something like that.

The two investigators we are focused on is Thulin and Hess. Thulin is a single mother who is hoping for promotion, and Hess is trying to prove to Europol that he is still capable as a detective. They get put on the case of a single mother who was slain at a playground. They discover a chestnut man at the scene of the crime. Their investigation leads them to another man, whose wife gets murdered as soon as they meet him. At the scene of that murder, there was another chestnut man. They discover that the connection between them is abuse allegations, and they are subsequently able to handle business to get the children back into safe environments.

So they try to be smart and they figure out who the next victim is going to be. They go through a witness protection protocol to save her, even though she is a crappy mom, but karma ended up catching up to her in the process. Also forgot to mention, the chestnut man is also cutting off their hands and feet, because that’s what you do I guess. So anyway, now Thulin and Hess are trying to figure out what the f is going on and how they can get ahead of this guy.

Now here’s the thing, I am trying to think about what to tell you guys and what not to, but I will say, this book has more twists and turns than… I don’t even know, something with lots of twists and turns. Almost every single detail matters in this book, and I probably came up with 5 different suspects throughout the story. It is long, but once you get into the story, you will get hooked.

Now, I have 1 major concern with this book. Unless I have completely forgotten this part, we got 0 closure with Thulin’s man friend. He was there one second, and completely forgotten about. That completely bothered me and I figured there was a reason why we weren’t focusing on them, but nope, just forgot. But other than that, I think that this book is really good, and I would probably rank it at a 4 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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