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The Chestnut Man
Calling all fans of Nordic Noir! Do twisted plots, gritty atmosphere and detailed police procedure make your thriller loving heart race? Do you live for stories that have a violent maniac on the loose, reading them late in to the night with all of the lights on, electric bill be damned? Then do I have the book for you!! The Chestnut Man delivers all this and more - complete with a creepy, children’s song and a tenacious, female detective who will stop at nothing to catch the killer.
The book opens with a scene that is not for the faint of heart (our madman favors axes and saws) and a police force utterly baffled at the latest in a series of murders, with nothing but a handmade chestnut man bearing fingerprints of an unrelated missing girl for a clue. Desperate to avoid a public scandal, (the missing girl’s mother also happens to be a prominent government official), the detectives work around the clock to solve the case…before the murderer strikes again.
Red herrings abound in this gruesome whodunit, which allows the Chestnut Man to stay one step ahead of the law. I loved that there were so many suspects and I found myself yelling “RUN” several times as I read alone in my living room. With an ending that begs for a sequel and a plot that will have you checking the locks on your doors, this is the perfect fall read for thriller fans who delight in the dark world of the macabre.
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