Spain, 1938: The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Therese witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.
Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.
Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Joining forces once again, Roy and Castells’ investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule.
Blood Song was a gorgeous if traumatic read and Johana Gustawsson knows how to weave a web of emotion around the reader whilst also producing a proper page turner that is utterly gripping from first page to last.
The consequences of war are many and far reaching, therein lies the central theme of Blood Song, intricate detail, layer upon layer of deeply affecting drama all wrapped up in the tale of a modern day killer.
It is a read that sits with you long after you finish it, the language is beautiful the story indelible. Our relationship with the main protagonists increases and I found myself rereading parts to embed them into my soul.
Unbelievably good- real and involving, with every passing novel this author gets better and better. No idea what we’ll get next but whatever it is count me in. I’m a huge fan.