Firstly I wish to say what a pleasure it has been to take part on this BLOG TOUR for BLOCK 46 by JOHANA GUSTAWSSON
In Falkenberg, Sweden, the mutilated body of talented young jewelry designer Linnea Blix is found in a snow-swept marina. In 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 true-crime 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
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
There are times when a book just has that edge that makes it one that people will still be reading in the distant future and others will still recall it clearly from when it was first published. This isn’t a book to remember, this is a book you will never forget.
I truly admire this author that has taken a very personal slice out of her own family’s history and woven into it a mesmerising story of survival, heroes and the darkest minds of men without souls. Although this book was originally written in French it has been expertly translated by the very talented Maxim Jakubowski into what I can only describe as one of the darkest times of mans history. The Holocaust.
There is a real mystery as to how the murder of a talented jewellery designer in Sweden and the random murders of two young boys in London can possibly be connected but the distinctive method of pre disposal of these victims leaves the police with no doubt. The talents of Emily Roy, a profiler and Alexis Castells a true crime writer, come together to make a very formidable team. This is a pairing that I look forward to experiencing for many years to come.
Written through different time periods, which contain their own horrors, it is masterfully woven together to complete a believable story. But there is nothing more horrific than that of Buchemwald Concentration Camp in WW11. The brutality and courage are described here with equal passion which literally at times stopped me reading. I don’t think that a book I have read has ever captured the essence of pure fear that came from these pages word for word like it did.
It was both fascinating and disturbing to find myself in the minds of such evil, the logic and reasoning but most of all pride in what they were doing. This is a very powerful story and shocking from beginning to end. Definitely not for the faint hearted. A Superb piece of writing.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.