Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

Review published on June 11, 2018.

Johana Gustawsson follows up her highly successful debut with Keeper, a brilliant second book in her Roy and Castells series. Once again, she has written an excellent serial killer thriller with a few twists you just do not expect. Every time I thought I had solved the mystery and worked out the killer’s identity, Gustawsson threw a twist in just to keep the reader on his/her toes.

This is a story that looks back at the Jack the Ripper murders, back in 1888, to London 2015 via Falkenberg in Sweden. Emily Roy, a Scotland Yard profiler, and crime writer Alexis Castells are drawn into an intriguing case. There are links in this case that are a little too close to home for comfort.

London-based actress Julianne Bell is abducted from outside her house on the way to a television interview, and there are unnerving links to a series of crimes from ten years before. The murderer in that case is now in Broadmoor, which raises a series of questions the police are not particularly happy to look at once again.

A murder in Falkenberg, Sweden, seems to have links to the solved murders in London from ten years earlier. With the disappearance and the discovery of a dead body, have the police managed to catch the real killer? Did he have an accomplice? Or is this just a copycat at work? What Roy and Castells were not expecting was how close to home this case would come.

Keeper is a brilliantly multi-layered thriller that features so much blood-curdling violence and touches some of the taboos that society would rather not know about. At the same time, you just want to read on as you want to know who, what, where and why. While at times being challenging, this book soon has you engrossed, hours will go missing.

Johanna Gustawsson is the new Queen of French Noir and her writing is addictive, you will just want more of her!

Paul Diggett 5/5

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson
Orenda 9781912374052 pbk Apr 2018

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