Description Evil remembers… Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again. Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald? Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.
Firstly I would like to thank Johana Gustawsson, Orenda books and blog tour organiser Anne Carter for the chance to take part.
One of the greatest compliments a reader can pay the writer of a book, is telling them that when they were reading, time just passed without them being aware. Block 46 is one of those books. The world disappears for those precious hours spent reading. Your disconnected from reality and emerged completely in a tale about the evil that can lurk in the souls of men.
It’s certainly a book that will haunt me for quite some time! Because of the power of the story and the skill of the writing.
Johana Gustawsson has burrowed into the mind of a deeply disturbed killer, while the scenes set in the concentration camp knock the breadth out of you, as your forced to confront the horror that took place within the fenced compounds. It’s not there to shock you, it’s an integral part of the story. A reminder for us all of what happens when evil is allowed to run unchecked, under the guise of protecting national and cultural identity.
With immense skill the writer weaves a story full of characters you want to know more about and others that will chill you to the core of your being. Cleverly she wrong footed me on more than one occasion throughout Block 46. I was convinced I new where the story would end, only to be proved wrong. It’s edge of the seat reading. Exciting, riveting and a story that will linger with you. Tension seeps off the page and into your soul. You will find yourself thinking about it long after you’ve read the last page.
If Johana Gustawsson keeps this up in her next novels, she is going to be a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction in years to come.
Special mention must also go to maxim Jakobowski for the superb translation of this 5* read.
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. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.