#Blogtour #Review: Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks @annecater #BloodSong #RandomThingsTours #NordicNoir
Book length - 300 pages
Publisher - Orenda Books
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I want to thank Anne from randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 realize 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 by Johana Gustawsson is an uncomfortable, terrifying, and absolutely heartbreaking story that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
Blending past and present, the author opens up Spanish history under the brutal dictatorship of Franco, of which I must admit I knew very little, and the devastating reality of the horrific treatment of everyone but especially women and children then, in turn, links to a modern-day chilling crime where a wealthy family are found slaughtered in their home in Sweden.
Profiler Emily Roy and her friend Alexis Castells are eager to capture the killer as always but this triple murder feels much closer to home as it centres around Emily's protégé, Aliénor - the victims were her family. It appears to be a very personal attack but there is also something off about this wealthy family's reproductive clinic which seems to achieve phenomenal success rates. Could their massacre be business-related? And as two similar crimes become known to Emily and Alexis, a heartbreaking and harrowing story from the past may just hold the key to unlocking the truth.
This book broke me. I cried, I felt physically ill, and I felt anger at the absolute horror that the victims under Franco's reign experienced. Yes, this book is fiction but elements are based on the real events of the past which made it all the more devastating.
Taking this traumatic history, Johana Gustawsson weaves an unbelievable web of murder and destruction with a gripping group of characters that will hold your attention at all times and keep you hooked to the very end.
BLOOD SONG by Johana Gustawsson is the third book in this excellent series (Block 46 and Keeper being the first two) and I highly recommend you buy them all because this author's writing is beyond talented - also a huge thank you to David Warriner who translates these compelling words into English.
Johana Gustawsson's writing has the power to actually change you, to open your eyes to history, and to make you physically react, and BLOOD SONG is another excellent example of this. An excellent and disturbing novel that is beyond measurement - a must-read for all crime fiction readers.
Born in 1978 in Marseille, France, and a graduate of Political Sciences, Johana Gustawsson was a journalist for television and French press. She now lives in London, England.
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Website - johanagustawsson.com/en/
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