I haven’t done this for a while but a New Year is perhaps a good time to revive this feature about the latest book that is currently creating quite a buzz amongst reviewers and book bloggers and at the moment that is The Chestnut Man.

I’m planning to make this a more regular feature, so watch this space for new Book Blogger Buzz Books. It may not always be a newly published book. Could be an Indie book. Anything creating a stir amongst bookish people.

Due to be published on January 10 by Penguin. Keeping my bookish nose to the ground I’ve noticed several book bloggers and reviewers praising this crime fiction book quite highly.

The Blurb


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. To put an end to the spree of a killer, the pair, with nothing in common aside from equally troubled personal lives, realise they will need to put aside their differences in a race against time-and a brutal psychopath.

From Karen Cole on Hair Past A Freckle book blog

I’m probably one of the few people in the country who didn’t watch The Killing on television but over the past few years I’ve fallen in love with Scandinavian crime fiction so couldn’t resist The Chestnut Man – particularly after I set eyes on the creepy front cover. At over 500 pages it’s a substantial read but the short chapters and pacy action meant I found myself racing through the book – it was only too easy to read ‘just a couple more chapters’ before bedtime! This complex mystery is never less than compelling with two protagonists whose contrasting personalities provide an intriguing backdrop to the hunt for a serial killer.

From Kaisha at The Writing Garnet book blog

The Chestnut Man’ is a very in depth novel, but it is one that has been written in a way that made my jaw drop. The intensity through this book was out of this world, and the descriptions were brutal yet highly gripping. I couldn’t tear my eyes away even if I wanted to

From Nikola at Breathing Through Pages Book Blog

The Chestnut Man is a fantastic debut I highly recommend you pick up if you like dark and interesting thrillers

Other praise for the book

‘A full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson, drenched in atmosphere and charged with adrenaline. Buckle up. You’ll gulp down every word. I loved this book’ A. J. Finn, author of The Woman In The Window

As in The Killing television series, Sveistrup offers lessons to seasoned practitioners of the serial-killer whodunit in how to inject new energy into this near-exhausted subgenre, and a reminder (via his portrayal of the families, homes and workplaces that his cops visit) that crimewriting has the potential to be eye-opening, panoramic social realism’ Sunday Times

‘Soren Sveistrup, is clearly a master craftsman Telegraph

Excellent . . . A shrewd mix of police procedural, political thriller and domestic drama’ New York Times

Sveistrup keeps the reader gripped until the very end (Dagbladenes Bureau)

I was completely blown away by this debut novel (sidsesbogreol.dk)

Sveistrup sets new standards in crime (bogfriisen.dk)

Nerve-racking, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, and by the time you’ve finished the book you’ve got no nails left (Livetidukkehuset.dk)

Simply an unparalleled page-turner (Ord fra en bibliofil)

Absolutely fantastic crime novel. The plot keeps you gripped, and you always end up wanting to read just one more page. Nerve-racking. Nail-biting. Thrilling. Hair-raising (Krummeskrummelurer.dk)

Not all good scriptwriters can produce a detective story designed to be read rather than watched on TV. But Søren Sveistrup, the man responsible for The Killing, proves . . . that it can be done . . . The characters, the plot with its deep, eerie undercurrent of the unknown, and the intense, compelling manipulation of suspense are qualities reminiscent of The Killing (Marie Louise Toksvig)

This nerve-racking debut novel has a brilliant plot . . . (Ugebladet Søndag)

A powerful portrait of two intriguing detectives who are here to stay . . . (Vildmedkrimi.dk)

Simply so well written, well constructed and suspenseful. I’ve read a lot of fantastic crime novels, but this is far and away the best I’ve read in a long time. . . . insanely suspenseful and gripping (RandiGlensbo.dk)

About the Author

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon The Killing which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries.

More recently, Sveistrup wrote the screenplay for Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman. Sveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film School. He has won countless prizes, including an Emmy for Nikolaj and Julie and a BAFTA for The Killing.


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