It’s finally here! The Block 46 blog tour is stopping by my blog and I’m absolutely delighted to be hosting today! Huge thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for the opportunity and my copy of this mind-blowing book!
I’ll be sharing my review in a little while but first, take a look at that absolutely brilliant cover! That knife looks so scarily real!
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 Ebner will do anything to see himself as 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.
Don’t ask me why but I am completely fascinated by events from World War II and I’m sure it’s no longer a surprise to know that I enjoy my crime fiction. I had never read French Noir before either and I did say I was trying to broaden my horizon somewhat. So when the opportunity to read, review and join the blog tour for Block 46 presented itself, I jumped so hard at the chance that I pulled a muscle. I’ll tell you right now : it was bloody worth it!
Jewellery designer Linnea Blix is found murdered in Sweden. Meanwhile in London, the body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds. These murder victims don’t have anything in common which makes the investigation quite hard for the police. Emily Roy, a profiler, joins forces with true-crime writer Alexis Castells to investigate.
Are these cases in any way connected to the disturbing events of WWII in Buchenwald Concentration Camp? We learn more about the atrocities there through the eyes of Erich Ebner, a medical student. These chapters alone still haunt me, days after finishing the book. Such vivid descriptions, stupendously realistic and believable, they almost broke me.
Block 46 is really something special. To combine a devastating account of life in a concentration camp with a current murder investigation, takes the words “compelling read” to a completely different level. The multi-layered plot is amazingly constructed and the pure evilness of this killer will get under your skin.
This is one dark and gritty book. It’s disturbing, stomach-churning and incredibly thought-provoking. Spread over two countries, and combining the present and the past, it grabs your attention and holds you down like a vice. And as if all the dark and disconcerting events weren’t enough to leave you reeling for days, the author delivers a punch to the stomach with a massive and absolutely genius twist!
For me, Block 46 is sheer perfection and I can’t recommend it enough. If I could, I’d give it more than five stars and I have no doubt that it will stay with me forever. As it is, I’m convinced it’ll be in my list of “books of the year”! Johana Gustawsson is one to keep your eye on! Also, a well deserved shout-out to translator Maxim Jakubowski, who did an outstanding job!
Many, many thanks to Karen at Orenda and Anne Cater for my advanced copy and for the opportunity to join this tour!
Block 46 is available as an e-book now. The paperback will be published in the UK on May 15th.
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 third book in the Roy & Castells series.
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