The Chestnut Man by Caroline Waight, Søren Sveistrup

The Chestnut Man

Caroline Waight, Søren Sveistrup

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The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

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.

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Torture (3 reviewers), Violence (3 reviewers), Child abuse (2 reviewers), Death (2 reviewers), Gore (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Pedophilia (1 reviewer), Physical abuse (1 reviewer), Sexism (1 reviewer), Blood (1 reviewer), and Kidnapping (1 reviewer)


Pedophilia (2 reviewers), Child abuse (1 reviewer), Child death (1 reviewer), Confinement (1 reviewer), and Domestic abuse (1 reviewer)


Racism (1 reviewer) and Sexual violence (1 reviewer)


dark 100%
tense 81%
mysterious 63%
emotional 18%
adventurous 9%


medium 63%
slow 18%
fast 18%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | Yes: 40% | N/A: 10%

Loveable characters?

No: 54% | It's complicated: 27% | Yes: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 72% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 9% | Yes: 9%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 10%

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