I am so delighted to be sharing my thoughts with you for “Keeper by Johana Gustawsson. Published by Orenda Books and available from Amazon UK in paperback or eBook format. My huge thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Orenda Books and Johana for my copy of this book and my spot on the Blog Tour.
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…
This see’s the return of BIA Emily Roy and French True Crime writer Alexis Castells as they investigate a murder. The work of an imprisoned serial killer comes into question when the same M.O is used. Looking at possible connections from the past, this story is one that will have you eagerly turning the pages.
Having recently read Johana’s debut novel Block 46 I was looking forward to getting stuck into this one. Would I love Keeper as much as Block 46. I have to admit to no I didn’t love it as much, I loved it even more than the first.
Keeper has some of it’s plot in 1888 in London’s notorious Whitechapel and gradually works its way along side the present day setting until they are both connected. It is a style I really like in the previous book and was glad to see it being used again. I enjoy this dual timeline style setting that the author uses, it is like you are getting two stories for the price of one and the connections are not really seen until they are being brought to their climax.
The characters are a mix of old and new faces, not so much police investigative as more profiler and researcher investigations. This is something that is a refreshing change, as much as I love police procedural investigations I like to see read something that is a little bit different. One of the new characters is that of Aliénor Lindburgh a very analytical and logic based character, one I would like to see again and learn more about.
The plot… where to begin…. well its complex, it’s brutal and made me wince as I read. It takes in the various timelines and also various stories and I really don’t want to say anymore. In fact that is all I am going to say id that the plot is a really strategic one and you have to read it to believe it. As the end was approaching I still had no idea as to how the ending would play out and I was nowhere close to working it out either.
There is one final but also very important mention that I think deserves a big recognition here, that is the translator Maxim Jakubowski. His flawless translation gives those of us, including me, who only read or speak only one language a chance to read a book that would otherwise be unknown.
This is now the second book by this author I have read, and I can honestly say Johana is one of those authors whose books I would most probably buy without reading the synopsis. For me she is a must read author who shows an intense, deeply thought out and intricate way of telling her stories. If you like your crime to be full of darkness and your thrillers to be hard-hitting then you must definitely get a copy of this book. A definite HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me xx
About 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.
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