Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to share my review of Keeper by Johana Gustawsson, beautifully translated by Maxim Jakubowski!
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.
2015: In London a famous actress goes missing. Wife to a loving husband and mother to twin girls, Julianne Bell has no enemies, no stalkers so why did she disappear just moments after leaving her home? Profiler Emily Roy is called in to help with the investigation and when she discovers a pair of Julianne’s shoes in the spot she was last seen, it has her alarm bells ringing. The case bears unnerving similarities to a string of abductions years ago. The bodies of six women were found in Tower Hamlets, chunks of skin cut away, two black feathers inserted into their ear canals. A man was arrested and sentenced for the murders and he has been serving his sentence ever since. So has an apprentice taken up his grisly mantle? Or do they have a copycat on their hands?
1880: Whitechapel is in a state of panic. A serial killer, dubbed Jack the Ripper, is on the lose, targeting young women and leaving the bodies of his victims with the most gruesome wounds. The police are at their wits end with no new leads and the people of Whitechapel are fearful for their lives.
2015: In Falkenberg, the body of a young woman is found in a forest, mutilated, two black feathers inserted in her ears. Emily Roy and Alexis Castells team up to to solve a mystery that spans decades of the most heinous crimes. But with links that sew their personal lives to this chilling case, there is so much more at stake.
Keeper captured me in its vice-like grip from the first sentence. And as a huge HUGE fan of Block 46, the first in the Roy & Castells series, I was so excited to get stuck into the second book. I was jumping for joy when I was invited to review and join the blog tour!
Johana Gustawsson has once again delivered a story that will completely knock your socks off. I especially loved Johana Gustawsson’s evocation of 1880s London and Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror. The descriptions of fear, poverty and squalor of that time were incredible. She seamlessly ties the three plot strands together and keeps her readers locked down tight in her grip all the way through! Oh my goodness! Keeper is absolutely incredible.
Keeper is a dark, bold, spine-chilling book that is the very definition of ‘gripping’! I loved it! Johana Gustawsson has delivered the next instalment in the Roy & Castells series with masterful attention to detail, shocking suspense and breath-taking twists!
Dark. Bold. Thrilling.
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About Johana Gustawsson
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.
You can find Johana on Twitter here!
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Huge thanks to Karen at Orenda Books and Anne at #RandomThingsTours for my review copy and blog tour invite!