A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Keeper by Johana Gustawsson.
Keeper is published on 28th April 2018 by Orenda and is the second in the Emily Roy and Alexis Castells series.
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. Following the highly acclaimed Block 46 and guaranteed to disturb and enthral, Keeper is a breathless thriller from the new queen of French Noir.
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Thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.
WOW. This book is something else. I’ve not read anything quite like it.. This is the first book I’ve read by Johanna Gustawsson but the first book I will be reading when I’ve finished my April blog tours will be Block 46.
This book is absolutely outstanding. It seriously is. The story is told through dual storylines that although I thought I may struggle with, I soon found that I picked things up quickly and swept along with the absolutely enticing storyline. The storyline from 1888 featuring the terror of Jack the Ripper was brilliant. The descriptions of London in this desperate time were chilling and spot on. You can almost smell the decaying life and death on the pages.
This book is not for the faint hearted and it is very descriptive and grim at times but this just adds to the storyline. It pulls you in from the get go as you try to figure what could possibly link the separate storylines, with twist after twist. Just when you think you may have a slight inkling of maybe what is coming next, the author manages to completely send you another way leaving you in awe and also thinking how on earth she has managed to come up with this amazing storyline.
Emily Roy and Alexis Castells are new characters for me, so I maybe would have benefited from reading Block 46 but enough background is provided so you aren’t in the dark but I enjoyed their differences and found myself becoming quite attached to them.
The ending for me was what completely made this book a five star read – it completely got me and I didn’t see any of it coming. It was so well written throughout and is how a serial killer thriller should be written.
Very excited for book three in this absolutely stellar series!
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, became an international bestseller, with Keeper following suit. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.