Today I'm on the blog tour for the fab Keeper by Johana Gustawsson*.
"Sequel to international bestseller Block 46, and next in the award-winning Roy & Castells series. Murders in London and Sweden lead back to Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel.
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".
Although this is the second book you could read it as a standalone (as I did) however I am going to go back and read Block 46.
The story opens in the heart of London in 1888 where Jack the Ripper is at large. Johana takes us right there - we see the sights and sounds, the stench and deprivation and how London was then. We then jump to 2015 with the abduction of an actress who has carefully hidden secrets and the killing of a woman in Sweden. Both have hallmarks of a London case 10 years ago. But this can't be true - the killer is locked up...or is he?
I loved this fast paced read and discovering the links between the stories. An absolutely terrific read which I highly recommend.
*complimentary copy from Orenda Books