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.
Firstly I’d like to thank Anne Cater, Johana Gustawsson and Orenda Books for including me in this blog tour.
This was such an amazing read. I’d heard so much about Block 46 Johana’s highly acclaimed debut novel, so I was excited when the invitation to take part in this blog tour dropped into my inbox. The keeper, like Block 46 also features Emily Roy and Alexis Castells.
I really enjoy books that have dual chapters, but Keeper has multi chapters ( sorry, I made this description up but it fits!) Johana managed to capture in each chapter the intricate details of not only different cities but different era’s.
I’m intrigued by the whole Jack the Ripper era so for me Keeper had a real interest.Sometimes the crimes were quite uncomfortable to read about and if you’re squeamish it’s probably best you prepare yourself and line your stomach! The very first chapter was enough to turn my stomach, but I can honestly say it’s worth it and in a way adds to the story.
This can definitely be read as a stand alone novel but if like me you haven’t read Block 46, I guarantee it will be on the top of your TBR pile.
All about Johana
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, became an international bestseller, with Keeper following suit. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.
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