The Chestnut Man MP3 CD – Super Audio CD – DSD, 3 September 2019
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"This might just be the thriller of the year. The Chestnut Man grips you from the opening page and never lets go."-- "Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author"
Peter Noble, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, grew up in South Africa and studied drama and music at the University of Cape Town. He has worked extensively as an actor, touring South Africa with a small repertory theater company, as well as working on radio, TV, and film.
- Utgivare : HarperCollins; Unabridged utgåvan (3 September 2019)
- Språk : Engelska
- ISBN-10 : 1982687576
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982687571
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Dark, scary and with some great plot twists. This has all the things I love in a thriller, twisted dectective with a secret past, ambitious female detective, political issues, plenty of suspects...highly recommended. You can tell that the author writes for the screen too - this would be great on tv.
Where exactly do I start with my review for this outstanding book? I mean I finished it last night and I am still in "book hangover mode"
I bought my copy of this book when it was released and I had all intentions of reading it then, but it gradually slipped further down my TBR as other books took priority. I know this is something that many readers will get!
So, the book!!!!! It is absolutely blooming fantastic from start to finish. The characters are a real interesting bunch and there were a couple I definitely armed too, other definitely not so much. They have varied personalities and traits and I have to say I really did like Hess. He is damaged goods and has been sent back to Copenhagen under a little bit of a shadow. Even though I didn't know exactly what had happened in his past until further into the book I was aware of a solitary, broken man who buried himself in work.
Hess is teamed up with Thulin, she is waiting until she can move to the new cybercrime unit. It is something that will give her a chance to have more regular hours and so she spends more time with her daughter. Thulin is another character I really liked which is really odd because she isn't someone I would necessarily warm to in real life. Both Hess and Thulin rile each other but they also see that each other knows their job and so respect is gradually built up.
Now the plot, well where to begin with that!!!!! It is a plot that I had no idea who had done it! The author creatively led me through the investigation, the body count started to rise and I was never anywhere close to guessing the culprit. Yes, I did have a couple of suspicions but I was way off the mark.
I loved the way he set the scenes, and the details are something I really got on with in this book. Some may find this a bit of a drag but for me, it just added to the story. There was at times a remoteness to the setting and this was sort of mirrored int he characters as well as the plot. It felt like everyone was alone, or working by themselves and this gave it more of a scandi noir feel.
The crime is dark and definitely on the disturbing side. It has a macabre side to it and by the time all is revealed, there was a little bit of me that could understand the why, only a little bit mind you! A cracking ending that left me stunned.
This is a book I read over several sittings, it was like I had to stop and digest chunks of it before I could pick it up and carry on again. I still read it over a couple of days as I could feel it nagging me to carry on reading again.
An excellent read and one that crime, thriller, murder readers who like their fiction on the dark and disturbing side will most likely really enjoy. I know I did and I would definitely recommend it.
Please don't think me a curmudgeon for not swooning over this much-vaunted Scandi crime thriller; I like to think that I'm usually fulsome with my praise.
Not wanting to be a party pooper, I'll get my gripes out of the way first...
The book started brilliantly then gradually became leaden and drawn out.
The writing was a little clunky at times (possibly due to it being translated).
There was an unnecessary abundance of over-explaining once the killer was revealed. Almost like a covering over of cracks in the plot.
Unfortunately, the story was formulaic and some things just didn't ring true.
I loved Hess's character: quirky and thinks outside the box (as per usual, no-one will listen). More could have been made of him.
The interplay between characters was gratifying and the suspenseful atmosphere wonderfully realised.
Until halfway through I was really loving it - so, a curate's egg of a book.
And, hey, don't listen to picky old me. Most readers have thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. I'm almost certain that you should follow their lead.
With a balanced mix of police procedures, suspenseful scenes and a creeping twist, I was engaged throughout. Like most Nordic noir, this book was more brutal than its British counterparts, with detailed and shocking murder scenes - exactly what I want from this genre.
Like every book is this type the female and males characters are the same loveable but predictable stereotypes with obvious notes of misogyny and competitive traits.
If murder novels are your genre, I would recommend reading this.