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Blood Song

(Emily Roy & Alexis Castells #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  50 reviews

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.

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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published July 19th 2019 by ORENDA BOOKS
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: September 10th 2019


"We all see the world through our own lens, which is shaped by our past and our upbringing, our desires and our fears."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Anne Cater and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Ingstje
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been putting off writing this review… dear god no, not because I didn’t like this novel, it’s more because this one’s making it hard to find the right words without sounding like a crazy fan. You see I’ve been with this series since the first novel and each one is so special. I’m not an historical reader but this author really made me one. Gustawsson entangles crime and historical facts like none other and creates a unique reading experience. If you ask me this is a collector’s item you ...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
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Emma
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free eARC of Blood Song but that has in no way influenced my review.

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
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booksofallkinds
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser

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
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Tripfiction
Vibrant and thought provoking thriller set in Franco's SPAIN and 2016 SWEDEN



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
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Eva
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am broken. Good grief.

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
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The Book Review Café
Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson is the third novel in the Roy and Castells series, I know what you’re thinking ‘not another crime series’ but Blood Song is like no other crime series you’ve ever read. Johana Gustawsson the author weaves historical fact with fiction blurring the edges so the two stories fit perfectly together creating a dark and emotive read. The thing I admire about this author’s novels is the fact she can take a period in history, in this case Spain 1938 and the brutalities of ...more
Meggy
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

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Louise Beech
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply stunning.
Joanne Robertson
I’ve read the first two books in the Emily Roy and Alexis Castells series and didn’t think they could be topped but Blood Song completely blew me away! It follows the familiar pattern that Johana uses for her narratives, with events from particularly nasty periods of history having a connection to a present crime, but this time it was an historic period that I really didn’t know an awful lot about! And for me, that made the horrific experiences that occurred even more shocking when I was faced ...more
Lel Budge
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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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
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Kelly Van Damme
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m delighted to share my review of Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson with you today, even though I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing it justice. It’s no secret I loved Block 46 and Keeper, I was really late to the Roy and Castells party but I’ve been a huge fan ever since listening to the first chapters of Block 46 and I didn’t think it was possible but I believe I’ve become an even bigger fan with each book.

As with the previous books, Johana has woven a tale with two very different strings: one
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
‘Although the characters who live and die in these pages are the figment of my writerly imagination, the experiences they endure are rooted in the terrible truth of a dark, dark chapter in Spanish history’
– 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
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Ken Fredette
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
An amazing story by Johana Gustawsson Johana Gustawsson filled with an astonishing aspects that these women did not know each other when they all moved to Sweden from Spain. All had dealt with the abuse as children at an orphanage
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
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Jessica
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profiler Emily Roy and true crime writer Alexis Castells find themselves working side by side on a new case after tragedy strikes the Lindbergh family. Three members of this wealthy family have been found brutally murdered in their home in Sweden. Left behind is their fellow co-worker, Alienor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard. Despite the lack of clues for who would want to target this family and what the motive behind the slayings might be, Roy and Castells do not shy away ...more
Rachel Bridgeman
In other, less skilled hands, this could be a confusing and almost overloaded tale. However, with surgical precision, Jo Gustawson not only achieves an incredible effect through her deliberate and delicate word choice, the sublime translation by David Warriner adds a whole other layer to experience 'Blood Song'through.

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
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Patricia
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Song is classic Johana Gustawwson and gives us again that wonderful duo Roy and Castells with the supurb Aliénor thrown in as a bonus. But Johana is not content with just giving us a crime mystery. She also wants to educate us (like she did in Block 46) on a past moment in history so that it is not forgotten, or in this case, covered up. Growing up in the 50s/60s in America, Franco was not an unknown entity to me. Frequently seen on the news smiling while shaking our President's hand, we ...more
Julia
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blood Song is another thrilling, powerful and emotional read from Johana Gustawsson, author of one of the best books I've ever read, Keeper.

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
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Mary Picken
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is bold, sweeping storytelling confident and assured as it alternates between countries and its dual timeline connects past and present in a riveting, emotive tale that seizes the attention and never loosens its vice-like grip.

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
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Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I pick up a book from OrendaBooks I know that the story is going to be a brilliant read! I have never felt let down or disappointed by what’s between the covers, and Blood Song is certainly no exception to that!

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
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J Fearnley
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5-5*
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
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Amy Bruno
Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson is a brilliant, unrelenting thriller that will sink its hooks into you and not let go! I have no idea how I can possibly do justice in my review to how amazing this read was.

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
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Patricia
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood Song is classic Johana Gustawwson and gives us again that wonderful duo Roy and Castells with the supurb Aliénor thrown in as a bonus. But Johana is not content with just giving us a crime mystery. She also wants to educate us (like she did in Block 46) on a past moment in history so that it is not forgotten, or in this case, covered up. Growing up in the 50s/60s in America, Franco was not an unknown entity to me. Frequently seen on the news smiling while shaking our President's hand, we ...more
Jessica Belmont
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After readingBlood Song, I’m feeling pretty down in the dumps that this is my first Johana Gustawssson novel. Her writing is fabulous. It is so different than any crime fiction I have read this year and yet it still packs that suspenseful punch I was hoping for. I am most definitely reading her previous work now.

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,
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Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Blood Song is book three in the Emily Roy and Alexis Castells series and yet again I’ve come into a series LATE! Ahhh. Nevertheless, it read perfectly fine as a standalone and now I need and want to go back to the previous books, yes I already have them.
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,
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Justin Sarginson
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
The second book is amazing. Unfortunately, this is the third book and it’s a real disappointment. A bare and predictable plot filled with characters that are great to see again, but ultimately this story is a disappointment and slightly confusing towards the end.
WR
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still a good, gripping read, but the coincidences are getting a little more tedious.
Paddy
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just couldn’t get into this - too many threads, too many people - would need a who’s who to figure it all out.
Judie
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. That's all I have to say about Blood Song.
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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.

Other books in the series

Emily Roy & Alexis Castells (3 books)
  • Block 46 (Emily Roy & Alexis Castells, #1)
  • Keeper (Emily Roy & Alexis Castells, #2)