If you like to watch series like ‘The Bridge’ or ‘The Killing’ this is a good summer read for you. The story enfolds in Copenhagen, when a young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing.
In true detective style, there are two who doesn’t particularly like each other. The one is a burnout man and the other an ambitious woman. This isn’t that bothersome when reading and doesn’t add much to the story of the Chestnut Man which is the main lead here.
The horror doesn’t stop there, more killings are coming and an urge to catch the culprit before even more harm is done, sets suspense. The new cases provide evidence that points to a cold case. What the motive is and how the loose ends are connected, is neatly explained and did hide an element of surprise.
The book reads more like a script than a book. Short chapters follow each other up, each setting a cinematographic scene. Of course there are leads that go nowhere and others that keep their value while you discover what is really happening. I wouldn’t read the book for its novel qualities but I would recommend it if you don’t mind more of a script approach to writing.
Some scenes are quite graphic and not suitable for younger readers (imo!) but they do provide some thrilling to the reading, which I found pleasant. ‘October’ (alternative title) is an agreeable read for a careless summer or can provide a spooky theme throughout the Halloween season in off course, October.
If you want to compare it with its adaptation for the big screen, you can read it now and watch the series on Netflix (release date not known at the time of writing).