Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Keeper by Johana Gustawsson so huge thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for the opportunity to take part.
About this 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 adored Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson, she evoked some deeply hidden emotions in me and therefore I didn’t think anything else she delivered would live up to that amazing book. I gave it 5 stars which means that Keeper really needs to get 10 STARS as not only did I love it, I loved it even MORE than Block 46!!
Having met the author at the Orenda Roadshow in Liverpool recently, it is hard to reconcile the sweet looking woman with the sheer power of the words that she puts on the page! Keeper is an horrifically gory and intense crime thriller which made a considerable impact on me! I was left open mouthed in shock at how the storyline came together and I applaud Johana Gustawsson for her very clever plot threads. This book didn’t just have me on the edge of my seat, it pushed me OVER the edge with its pure genius!
This is the second in the Roy and Castells series and I really enjoyed revisiting these characters. Emily Roy is a profiler who is brought in when a famous actress is kidnapped and a series of murders in Sweden seem to be related to a past case. But someone has been convicted of the Tower Hamlets murders and is currently in Broadmoor. Is there a copycat killer on the loose and if so is it too late to save the latest victim? And when Alexis realises there is a personal connection to this criminal, how will she cope?
What I adored about this novel was how the author used the true life crimes of Jack the Ripper in one of the storylines that threaded through the current day investigation. The sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London were vividly brought to life in an almost sickeningly realistic illustration of the period. Descriptions of settings were consistently exceptional throughout so that I felt a real sense of time and place. It was like a living painting had been created around me throwing me into scenarios alongside the characters and I was there watching the storyline unravel with them. So be warned that if you are a little bit squeamish, there are some very realistic and darkly disturbing scenes that might cause distress. But they are integral to the plot and my goodness they give you some serious goosebumps!
I pride myself on working out plot twists many pages before they are disclosed but I was well and truly shocked by the revelations towards the end of the book. And that denouement has booked this novel a place on my “favourite books of the year so far” list and I can’t see it straying too far away from there even though it’s still only April! I just LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! It’s clever, intelligent and breathtaking. And I forgot until the end that it was actually written in French and translated!! The translation by Maxim Jakubowski is so seamless that if you didn’t know it was a translation, you would have assumed that it had been written that way originally.
A brilliant book that I highly recommend everyone reads! Did I mention that I LOVED IT?!
Keeper (Roy & Castells) is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) My review copy came from the publisher via Random Things Blog Tours.
Meet 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.