Review of The Chestnut Man – Søren Sveistrup
Well, I can only say that it’s a fantastic book. Fantastic, if we take into account that it’s the first one and it was written by a TV writer. He’s famous for writing the show The Killing. Originally, it was a Danish show that was adapted by the Americans. I only watched the American version and I liked it a lot. So, I guess that if I had watched the original, I would’ve liked it even more. It’s the same thing that happened to me with Stieg Larsson’s show. First I watched the original and then the American version. I prefer the original.
Well, after this digression, I have to say that it’s a great novel. There are better ones, of course, but this one didn’t disappoint me. It’s the first novel by this author, previously a TV writer as I have already said, and you can really see that it’s perfect for an adaptation for a movie or a TV show. This doesn’t diminish its capacity to hold itself on its own as a great novel.
I hope the author keeps publishing, first, novels and then they can make shows, movies, or whatever they want. I’ve always liked to read the books first and then, most times with much disappointment, watch the corresponding movie or show.
I hope the next novel is published soon and that I can watch the original show Forbrydelsen (The Killing USA) very soon. I missed it when it aired on Movistar, and I decided to watch the American version. Now I regret it because, after watching some Nordic shows, I think they are better than the American ones. They are like day and night.
And since I’ve talked about film and television up until this point, I’ll say that the interest of the novel is maintained almost until the end. And I always say almost because, after spending more than 50 years reading novels of this genre, there aren’t many things that surprise me anymore. In fact, I take note of all the endings that I’ve guessed and it’s most of them. Still, for me the most important thing is to enjoy reading. And I enjoyed reading this novel.