I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for this magnificent novel today, alongside fab Clair at Have Books, Will Read! Block 46 is written by Johana Gustawsson, published by Orenda Books.
Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina.
Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s.
Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again.
Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald?
Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.
I whipped through this novel at record speed. The beautiful writing and gripping plot of Block 46 held me stead fast from the very first sentence, all the way to the very last. Block 46 is a novel that takes a searing look at evil in its most horrific and frightening form, the way it manifests itself through the deeds that make others shudder. Raw, shocking and brutal, this beautifully layered story will not only fill your waking hours but your dreams to. What a magnificent book!
In a snow-swept marina the body of famous jewellery designer Linnea Blix is found mutilated and broken.
After a young boy’s body is found with similar wounds, profiler for the police Emily Roy teams up with true-crime author and close friend of Linnea Alexis Castells to delve into the case, in an attempt to find a frightening serial killer who stands on the periphery of the past.
The historical element in this book is unforgettable. Taking place in Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1944, Gustawsson writes the scenes with unflinching honesty. Down to the smallest details she paints a picture of those horrific and barbaric times with heartbreaking gravity, sensitivity and intense emotion. More than a few times I felt overwhelmed by what I was reading – Block 46 prompted me to read a little more about the Holocaust and this book brilliantly reflects the horror, atrocity and immense sadness possessed by those tragic times.
The narrative sweeps us along on a journey littered with twists and turns and moments to take your breath away. The writing is evocative and haunting – simply incredible. In this book, evil is at its most frightening. Block 46 purges all thoughts from your mind and forces you to succumb to its deep depths and read ‘ just one more page’ until you have devoured the entire book.
Block 46 is a harrowing and mesmerizing study of the darkest corners that lurk in the human mind. It’s chilling, frightening and horrific. What an incredible book! I can’t wait to read the next book in the Roy & Castells series!
Chilling. Mesmerizing. Unforgettable.
If you would like to buy Block 46 here is the link
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. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.
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Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!