#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018
My eighteenth #bookvent selection is book two in a series which traverses both time and location. The first book was attention grabbing, taking true events from European history, and building a dark and twisted tale around them in the present day. Book two follows suit but in this case takes the reader even further back in time to one of the most infamous crimes ever perpetrated in our Capital city. Set in London and Sweden, this story will chill and unsettle you, but it is so addictive that you won’t be able to look away, no matter how much you think you want to. Featuring two female protagonists who are chalk and cheese, but who together make a truly formidable team, my day eighteen #bookvent choice is …
by Johana Gustawsson
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.
Any book which can incorporate the story of Jack The Ripper in such a new and creative way, making it feel a genuine and important part of an otherwise unconnected story, is always going to be a winner in my book. Our story begins on the streets of London in 1888 and ends in modern day London and Falkenberg, seamlessly entwining the two stories in a way that is both intriguing and grotesque. I love the darkness which invades Johana Gustawsson’s stories, the way in which she explores the more repugnant side of human nature and man’s capacity to inflict pain and suffering on their fellow man. Her main protagonists, Profiler Emily Roy and Journalist Alexis Castells, are two characters I find really engaging, despite the fact that Emily is quite restrained, a woman who doesn’t suffer fools gladly and who also doesn’t build friendships easily. Alongside them is a new character, equally as strong as our two heroes, Karla Hansen, and with civilian employee Alienor, it is really the women who dominate this story throughout. With perfect pacing and a perfectly tight narrative style which only ever gives the reader just enough to unsettle them, perhaps even make them cringe a little, but never so much as to push them out of the story, Johana Gustawsson has created a crime thriller which is one of the strongest I have read in a long while. Atmospheric and macabre, I loved it.
Happy #bookvent reading all