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#BookReview Keeper (Roy & Castells #2) by Johana Gustawsson (Maxim Jakubowski, Translator) #Keeper @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks

38586370Whitechapel, 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.

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Holy bloody moly! I really enjoyed Block 46 but I LOVED Keeper. My God, I could not read it fast enough and I was actually late to work due to trying to finish the book (but please don’t tell anyone, this is just between us right?)

Block 46 was obviously well-written, carefully researched and elaborately brilliant but Keeper takes that standard, doubles it and then puts a big fat cherry on top. It is dark, intricate, shocking and twisted AF. But in a really good way!

I’m not going to say anything about the plot as you need to know as little as possible when starting this. What you also need is a strong stomach and and a high yuck threshold so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The story here is gripping, the writing smoother than in Block 46 and the characters are tragic and terrifying. It was good to see more of Emily and Alexis and I loved Aliénor! I did manage to work out one tiny bit of the plot but that did not matter and the twists really do just keep coming right to the end.

Seriously, I could keep going, just finding more words for “awesome” but you’d be better off simply grabbing a copy of the book, settling down (after you’ve checked under the sofa and locked the door, obvs) and seeing for yourself how good Keeper is.

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