Today Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Keeper by Johana Gustawsson and I’ll be sharing her review with you all!
About the author:
Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana
Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She
married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a
bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose
television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. Her debut,
Block 46, was an award-winning, international bestseller, with Keeper following
suit. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.
About the book:
Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.
London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.
Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds
identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?
Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down…
I loved Block 46 by Johanna Gustawsson so was delighted to be able to review the second book in the Emily Roy and Alexis Castells series. Johanna’s writing is outstanding and I was gripped from the first page. It is a crime thriller but the main characters are profiler Emily and true crime writer Alexis. I love this alternative way of looking at a murder case. Each have their unique angle on investigating the murders/abduction. I have to say Emily is my favourite of the two – she is blunt to the point of being rude but can then turn on exactly the right amount of charm to extract the information she requires from victims and their families.
Another of my favourite characters was Alienor Lindbergh who is a determined new addition to the Swedish police force. Alienor has Asperger Syndrome and this is portrayed fantastically. She say things as she sees them and even asks Emily if she is an “aspie” which tickled me. A great new member of the team and I hope we see a lot more from her in future books.
Keeper is not for the faint hearted but you can guess that from the blurb. Any tale that features the history of Jack the Ripper isn’t going to be a walk in the park…more a lurk down a dark alley with a bloody ending! Once again the author mixes historical facts with fiction over two timelines and it works like magic.
All the shiny stars for Keeper – félicitations Johana Gustawsson and Orenda Books!
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