Publication Date: Available Now from Orenda
Source: Review Copy
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.
Another literary twist on a tale here from the amazingly talented Johana Gustawsson – following on from the intense and brilliant Block 46 we head once more back into the world of Emily Roy and Alexis Castells as they tackle another dangerous, dark and fascinating case that will haunt their (and our) dreams.
The blurb tells you all you need to know about the plot going in – Keeper is instantly absorbing, intriguingly tangled and perfectly plotted, not for the faint hearted, the prose is hard hitting, emotional and graphic – once you are in you can’t get out.
I love a serial killer thriller which at it’s very basic level is what this is – however this is not the type of tale you would normally find under that heading, it is insightful and cleverly plays on character nuances and setting, with multiple views and different times enthralling the reader until BAM something happens that is like a punch to the gut. Immersive, intelligent, fascinating in it’s historical layers, Keeper is a proper page turner with a great big dose of heart and soul.
As if that wasn’t enough the author pulled off a feat that is practically impossible these days – surprising me with an ending that I genuinely didn’t see coming. That, if nothing else, would have given Keeper my highly recommended tag and there was much much more in this book to enjoy than that. So what can I say?
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