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Block 46 (Roy & Castells) by [Gustawsson, Johana]
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"A bold and intelligent read." -- The Guardian

"There are two reasons for praising Block 46 , the first novel by the French author Johana Gustawsson. It has a strong plot, starting with similar killings on Hampstead Heath and in Sweden. They become linked with horrifying events in Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944. Perhaps as importantly, the frim detection is carried out by two strong women. Emily Roy is a profiler, lent to Scotland Yard by the Canadian Mounties; her friend Alexis Castells is a French writer of true-crime. They made a terrific, original duo. They have a future." -- The Times

"[This] prizewinning novel is the first in a series featuring a true-crime author and a Canadian profiler." -- The Sunday Times

"Block 46 is dark, oppressive and bloody but it's also thought-provoking, compelling and very moving." --The Metro

"Multi-layered, superbly plotted, brimming with mystery, tension and bone-chilling violence, and with two very different - but equally fascinating - lead female characters, Block 46 is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted... Disturbing, moving and utterly mesmerising, this is a book that has the power to shock and the artistry to impress long after the last page has turned." -- Lancashire Post

"Harrowing, ambitious, and downright chilling. Block 46 is not for the faint of heart and not to be missed." -- Crime by the Book

"Compelling." --Women's Own

"A real page-turner... I loved it!" -- Martina Cole,

"A great serial-killer thriller with a nice twist ... first rate." -- James Oswald

"A bold and audacious debut from a very talented writer. Heralds the beginning of a thrilling new series." -- R J Ellory

"Cleverly plotted, simply excellent..." -- Ragnar Jónasson

"Viscerally brutal yet delicately beautiful, like blood spatter on fresh snow. An unbelievable debut." -- Matt Wesolowski

"Gripping ... utterly mesmerizing." --Thomas Enger

About the Author

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 next book in the Roy & Castells series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (5 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 stars

I read about this book on a few book blogs and decided to get a copy. I'm not usually one for police procedurals as I get bored with the endless conversations discussing the ins and outs of the case, but this attracted me because of the Scandinavian setting and the connection to Buchenwald concentration camp in WW2.

In Sweden, high-flying jewellery designer Linnéa Blix is found gruesomely and artfully murdered; it is clear that her killer was intent on her being discovered. Her friend, crime writer Alexis, becomes involved in the investigation, much of which is led by forensic profiler Emily Roy. The murder shows marked similarities to recent murders of young boys in London.

Alongside the unravelling investigation runs the story of Erich Ebner, a German medical student interred in Buchenwald, and his relationship with a Nazi doctor occupied with medical experimentation. Gradually, the two threads converge.

I was most pleased to discover that the ins and outs and whys and wherefores of the case discussion actually held my attention—a round of applause to the author. One particular part of 'the reveal' had me wanting to go back to the beginning and see all the clues I'd missed; I didn't guess the outcome at all! A side element I liked was the incidental information about Scandinavia, in general. I didn't find any of the characters particularly vivid (Emily was the one who 'spoke' to me the most), and I found it hard to remember which cop was which (there are a lot of them), but it kind of didn't matter, because the plot itself, the neat structure, the building of suspense and the interspersing of story threads totally carried this novel.
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Wow. This book. As dark as this is at times, it is also so beautifully crafted that it is one of those I will remember for some time.

The truth is though, that I am not quite sure how to describe my feelings about this book. It is, in essence, a murder investigation. When Linnea Blix fails to show for the grand unveiling of her new jewellery collection, her friends and her partner are understandably worried. And when her body is discovered in Sweden, her death bearing the all hallmarks of another case currently being investigated in London, it brings her best friend, writer Alexis Castells, and profiler Emily Roy together in a bid to uncover her killer. The result of this pairing is as intriguing as it is exciting. Both women are determined, driven by past demons, and nothing will stop them in the pursuit of the truth.

And yet… to brand it a mere murder investigation would be to belie the truth of the many layers which feed into this investigation. Firstly the many varied characters which the story leads us to – from Linnea’s ex-husband, to the police who are investigating the crimes in Sweden – and beyond that the twisted and dark thread interwoven throughout – the origins of the murderer, which the reader is constantly drawn back to. Much of the story is told in the present day, following the investigators as they piece together the evidence, yet there are moments, brief passages, when we see into the killers mind. When we are treated to the excitement he gets from the hunt and the sheer joy of the kill. It is a twisted and dangerous mind, totally devoid of emotion or empathy for the victims and the detachment he has from his prey is clinical and chilling.

Beyond that there are also passages which delve back into a very dark period in history.
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It’s a clever one –

A young jewellery designer is found murdered in Falkenberg harbour. At the same time, a young boy’s body is discovered with similar wounds in London and the police in both countries are worried that a serial killer is on the loose and the fact that he seems to be targeting Sweden and London might hold the key to his identity. More worryingly, there is also evidence that the MO could be linked to the 1940s Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany.

Emily Roy, and Alexis Castells are just two of the most fascinating women in crime fiction I’ve come across in a long while. Emily is from the Canadian Mounted police and is a profiler whilst Alexis is a French true crime writer and is somewhat more social and humourous than her colleague. But their partnership throughout is what really made the novel for me – their way of working together and getting the answers they needed – a unique dynamic indeed

The novel’s flashbacks into the horrors of the Buchenwald camp were graphic and raw – what power from these words and from what was said as well as what wasn’t. I have to praise Johanna for writing with such force and raw energy, it couldn’t have been easy and whilst difficult to read in parts, it brings the true horror of that time to the front of your conscience.

Block 46 is something unique and special. With a writer who has carved out her own place in the Noir genre – with a mix of French and Swedish , German and her own personal history woven into the mix. Block 46 is a raw, emotional and memorable read. Set in Falkenberg, London and Germany, it’s a tale of how history can make its mark, how the ripples of one event can filter through and affect humanity for years, how we brave the world around us but sometimes it’s what we hide inside that harms us. Breathtakingly honest and true. Johanna is an author whose personal mix of the Noir genre has got my attention! Johanna shows the locations on thebooktrail.com
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