The action swings from London to Sweden, and then back into the past, to Franco’s Spain, as Roy & Castells hunt a monstrous killer … in the lastest instalment of Johana Gustawsson’s award-winning series
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.
Finished reading: September 10th 2019
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*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Anne Cater and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I have lost count of the times the Emily Roy & Alexis Castells series has been recommended to me in the past, and with the first two books waiting impatiently on my shelves I thought ...more
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If this is not one of the most emotional books you’ll read, then I don’t know what is. There are some dark and very emotive subjects interwoven here but it’s such a gripping read, you really do come out of it with a deeper understanding of war, the consequences of war and how it has ripple effects in ways you might never have thought of.
This is a deeply affecting novel. Issues of Franco’s Spain and children’s homes during this time, babies being ...more
I want to put my cards on the table here and say I loved (LOVED!!) the second book in Gustawsson's Roy and Castells series, Keeper. It was my book of 2018 and I still recommend to everyone. The first book in the series, Block 46, is also rather spectacular and well worth a read. Saying that, Blood Song does work perfectly well as a standalone so if you wanted to dive straight in, you could (but why would you do that ...more
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 ...more
This is the third novel in the Roy and Castells series (after Block 46 and Keeper) and it can be read as a stand alone.
Several members of the Lindbergh family have been found murdered – Father Göran, Mother Kerstin and daughter Louise. Between them they have suffered more than 30 stab wounds and each has had their tongue cut out. It was a frenzied murder.
The Lindberghs run a fertility clinic and the indicators for their ...more
I apologise upfront for this review but words completely fail me and I can only hope that what little I say next will convince you that this book, and the rest of the series, is an absolute must-read for any crime fiction fan who also doesn’t mind being educated somewhat.
Few crime fiction series leave me feeling like I’ve been punched in the gut numerous times, wanting to curl up into a tiny ball under my duvet, but Johana Gustawsson manages it every single time. You’d ...more
Where do I even begin? There is a special place in my heart for Johana Gustawsson as she rekindled my love for my native language. Before I even begin talking about the mind-blowing novel that is Blood Song, I must mention that one of the powers of this series is the perfect (and I mean ‘perfect’ in the purest meaning of the word) writing with which the plot is delivered. Each word paves the way for the characters to enter your mind, for the taste of blood to invade your mouth, for the cases to...more
This is the third book in the Roy and Castells series, but I found it easy to read as a stand alone. I haven’t read the previous two, but after reading Blood Song I am going to remedy that right away.
This has a background of the horrors of Franco’s Spain. The persecution of anyone they believed to be communist, socialists or republicans. The numbers given in the introduction to Johana Gustawsson’s tale are difficult to comprehend.
Blood Song covers periods ...more
As with the previous books, Johana has woven a tale with two very different strings: one ...more
– Johana Gustawsson, author of Blood Song
Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson is book 3 in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, featuring profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Having read and been blown away by Block 46 and Keeper, I was wary ...more
in Spain, at the hands of the priest (Father Murillo), nun (Sister Fernanda) and the medic (Carlos Burgos). Each of them had children who never realised that their mothers were all from Spain. It all started with a man called Dr. Carlos Burgos, who was murdered in 2012, he was the ...more
There are well defined characters dealing with impossible situations. A narrative which echoes across the decades, weaving deceipt, betrayal and murder against the backlog of huge ...more
Be warned, the horrors included in this book are brutal and all the more so for being based on facts. More than once it reminded me of the savagery within Block 46 and here, once again, Johana Gustawsson's painstaking research, attention to detail and skilful characterisations bring to life both strands of this monstrous story: Spain's Civil War and ...more
If you haven’t read Roy and Castells yet, you are missing something quite special. Gustawsson has an uncanny knack of being able to harness really strong and often quite unpalatable facts and to weave these into a personal story that brings the history to life and ...more
This was actually my first go at reading a book from this Author, hers wasn’t a name I had previously come across so I was looking forwards to getting stuck in, I mean.. that COVER though! What an eye catcher. It certainly isn’t one you would pass over in a shop, and reading ...more
This is a stunning book, incredibly well translated into English by David Warriner, that brings to life an appalling and dark period of Spanish history along with the struggles couples have who are unable to have children and a murder investigation.
Set in 1938 and 2016 across Europe from London to Falkenberg to Madrid Johana Gustawsson pens a heart rending story that left me amazed at the things humans do to each other, what so many have had to bear and the resilience that so many have ...more
This is the third book in Gustawsson's Roy and Castells series, and while I haven't read the first two books I didn't feel lost at all. I will be purchasing the first two books in the series soon because I am so in love with the way this author writes.
There are two timelines in the story and I ...more
Interestingly enough,Blood Songhas an element of historical fiction to it that I love. We are transported back to Spain during the 1930s. Dictator Francisco Franco is in power, and dang, ...more
Beautifully translated by David Warriner. What a brilliant story! The story flicks from between Spain 1938 to Sweden 2016 but each part is clearly stated at the beginning of each chapter. I found the Spain 1938 parts absolutely heartbreaking, ...more