The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 24 – Part 1


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

I can absolutely guarantee you that you have no idea how hard it was for me to narrow down my list of books read this year (over 200) to a final 25. In the end twenty five became 26 because I really couldn’t help myself and even then I struggled to narrow that down to one absolute favourite as the books I have read have all been too good. But I have been having a think (brain hurts now) and if pushed then I would have to be honest and say that for a while now, the three books I am going to share with you today are probably my stand out reads for 2017, for totally different reasons. So today, I’ll be presenting my #bookvent selections in three parts.

Part one and the first of my top three #bookvent choices for 2017 is a book I read for a blog tour earlier in the year. My initial thoughts upon reading it were wow. Then I thought to myself … how the heck do I go about reviewing this book? How do I really get across my feelings or begin to explain what it is about? My first french novel in translation, this book has appeared on a number of my #booklove features over the year and I can completely understand why as it is a beautiful as it is dark and from the very beginning captures readers heart and soul. My first day twenty four #bookvent pick is …


Block 46

by Johana Gustawsson


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 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.

Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir. 

Where to begin? Although the central premise is the murder of two seemingly unconnected people, to simply brand it as such belies the truth of what lies within those pages. Exploring the true darkness of the human mind, this story moves seamlessly between the present day murders and the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp and the effect is both shocking and compelling. The evil that is inflicted will make you flinch and yet with the beauty of the writing you simply cannot look away. This is a very powerful piece of writing that had me invested in it from the very start. And despite their differences, despite the very clinical nature of Emily Roy, especially when compared to the focused but more emotionally open Alexis Castells, this was a pairing who you wanted to come good. Somehow, for some reason, they really just worked. I can’t tell you how or why, but I just know that I liked them. This is not a fast paced drama and may frustrate those looking for out and out action but the pacing suited the story perfectly. And the evil nature of the killer, so devoid of any true emotion … just so perfectly portrayed it is brilliant. A perfect read. Loved it.

You can read my full review of Block 46 right here and purchase your own copy of the book from the following links:

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones


Happy #bookvent reading all


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