Publication Date: Available Now from Orenda
In Falkenberg, Sweden, the mutilated body of talented young jewelry designer Linnea Blix is found in a snow-swept marina. In 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 Hebner will do anything to see himself as a 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.
Block 46 is the type of brilliantly insightful crime thriller that doesn’t come along that often – dark and brutal yet with some beautiful writing, Johana Gustawsson takes you inside the heads, hearts and every other part of her characters telling an emotional and hard hitting story that will stay with you long after finishing it.
The historical aspects are horribly authentic – there are no punches pulled here and Block 46 is a page turner of the highest order, a book that is utterly gripping and totally character driven. The descriptive sense here is second to none and I was fascinated, alarmed, immersed into the investigation and its roots from the moment I started reading.
The author manages the layers of the storytelling in a clever and thought provoking manner, drawing the reader along with her characters, there is not one moment of Block 46 that fails to engage. Definitely in the running to be on my Top Ten of the year, don’t expect an easy ride emotionally but DO expect a highly addictive, gorgeously constructed incredibly intelligent crime novel.
Definitively Highly Recommended.
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