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April 2018 Book of the Month
Oh wow, this is a slicing, chilling, whammy of a read that has left me reeling. In 2015 an actress is abducted, the case has all the hallmarks of a murderer who was locked up in Broadmoor ten years previously, then a body appearing to link to the abduction and murders is found in Sweden. The second in the 'Roy and Castells' series continues with sharp, fast-paced drama. I really do recommend starting at the beginning with the fabulous ‘Block 46’, you need to get to know the characters, as to try to step into the middle of the storyline would be almost impossible. The translation is spot on, at no time did I stop to consider this originated in a different language. Set in two countries, and two storylines, with one story steadily advancing through the years, I found myself on full alert and at times racing to keep up. There are sections that are so horrifyingly descriptive they are almost impossible to read, yet the story is so gripping, it is impossible not to. Johana Gustawsson delivers morsel upon morsel of information, and stomach-churning shivers raced down my body. An inkling of what is happening zipped into my thoughts, however I couldn’t have even begun to imagine the final outcome. ‘Keeper’ isn’t an easy read, it isn’t meant to be, it is thought-provoking, challenging, and an absolute knock-out…I’m still in shock - highly recommended.
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.
Closing date: 31/03/2021
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
The Keeper is a hauntingly descriptive tale with multiple side stories culminating in a unique ending, will have readers going one way, completely caught off guard by the twists that take place. Full review
The setting is in the UK and Sweden with multi characters intrinsically linked by horrific crimes. It was gripping with twist and you wanted to piece the clues together to work out the killer. Full review
A gruesome but gripping story of abduction, murder and mutilation that will suck you in an hold your attention right to the end. Brilliant! Full review
I was blown away by the whole story of Keeper and with twist that I didn't see coming. My only regret is I didn't read Block 46, by Johana Gustawsson. Full review
Keeper is a fascinating murder story with multi layers and many characters. It certainly keeps you on your toes and you have to keep reading! Full review
A brilliant book full of twists and turns which keeps you guessing right up till the end. I found it hard to put down, desperate to find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend this book. Full review
Those not shocked by electrifying, graphic prose will be rewarded with the weaving of multiple threads into one that illustrates how a dysfunctional past can morph into a depraved present. Full review
It was really easy to read with a clever plot which left you guessing until the end. 4/5 Full review
'A real page-turner ... I loved it!' Martina Cole
'A bold and audacious debut from a very talented writer. Heralds the beginning of a thrilling new series' R J Ellory
'A bold and intelligent read' Laura Wilson, Guardian
'Thought-provoking, compelling and very moving' Metro
'A terrific, original duo' The Times
'Compelling' Woman's Own
Publication date: 28/04/2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||28th April 2018|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Diverse Voices, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Born in Marseille, France, and with degrees in Law and Political Science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French and Spanish press and television. Her critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, including Block 46, Keeper and Blood Song, has won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards, and is now published in twenty countries. A TV adaptation is currently underway in a French, Swedish and UK co-production. Johana lives in London with her Swedish husband and their three sons.More About Johana Gustawsson