Book reviews, Crime/mystery/noir

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Block 46 is the new book from French author Johana Gustawsson and it’s certainly getting a lot of attention from readers and book bloggers.

Let’s find out why.

Block 46

What’s it about?

Here is the blurb from the publisher, Orenda Books:

Evil remembers…

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 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 truecrime 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. Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French noir.

Who’s the author?

Johana Gustawsson is a French writer with a background in political science and journalism. Her life certainly seems to have influenced much of the setting of Block 46 – 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.

What are people saying about the book?

A lot! People are raving about Block 46 and it’s already being billed as a future classic of French noir fiction.

Martina Cole described it as a “real page turner” as she knows her stuff.

Block 46 is out now in paperback. Find out more from Orenda Books. 

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