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Thursday, April 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Keeper by Johana Gustawsson @jogustawssons @orendabooks @annecater

by Johana Gustawsson

You guys - ever since Block 46, I have been on pins and needles waiting for her next book and it's HERE - it's FINALLY HERE!! Can you tell I'm just a teeny bit excited to be on this BLOG TOUR? 😍 Click HERE to see my 5 star review for Block 46 and why you MUST read Johana!

Continue reading below for information about the book, the author, and my 5 STAR review - that's right, Gustawsson has done it again and you simply MUST read this series!

Translated by Maxim Jakubowski
Publisher:  Orenda Books
Publish Date:  April 30, 2018
300 Pages
Series:  Emily Roy & Alexis Castells #2
Genres:  Mystery, Crime Fiction, Thriller, French Noir

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. 

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.

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.

My Review:

Stop whatever you're doing, run... don't walk...RUN and go buy Gustawsson's BLOCK 46 and KEEPER.  Well, what are you waiting for?!  Seriously you guys and gals.  In BLOCK 46, I stated that it was, "Nordic Crime paralleling present day suspense with a historical Nazi concentration camp story line.  The author weaves a tale of incredible intrigue and manages to surprise you at every turn."  She does it AGAIN with KEEPER.  This time we get more Nordic Crime paralleling present day suspense with the history of Jack the Ripper.  Again she manages to pull it off by running parallel story lines from past to present, interweaving the characters and their obsessive and disturbing behavior and surprising me at every turn.  EVERY TURN.  

I don't think you need to read these in order.  Keeper reads extremely well as a stand alone.  However, you do get to see a little more from our mains, Emily and Alexis... so... I'm a bit person who likes to read series from the beginning.  So while it's not necessary for this, yet... there's only two books so far so you may as well.  And quite frankly, if you love historical fiction mixed in with nordic noir and psychological thrillers... well you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read these!  The characters are outstanding.

Deeply dark and disturbing, some subject matter such as pedophilia, cannibalism and rape may deter some readers.  It only intrigues me more.  Gustawsson brings these to the pages in detail, but not in an overdone manner.  While there were a couple things that I THINK I had figured out and did go in that direction, she managed to blow me away with ALL the twists and turns.  Bear in mind, these aren't throat punch twists.  They're subtle, like little barbed clues that settle deep into your skin and just when you think you've got them out.... there goes another one.  Two words: SIMPLY BRILLIANT.


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