Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.
London, 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.
Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?
Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down. Following the highly acclaimed Block 46 and guaranteed to disturb and enthral, Keeper is a breathless thriller from the new queen of French Noir.
Keeper is the second book in the Roy & Castells series. I wouldn’t say it was a necessity to read them in order but I highly recommend reading Block 46 solely because it is a great read.
I wasn’t sure if the author could top Block 46. The author has a way of combining past with present to deliver a truly dark and deliciously disturbing reading experience. If at all possible, I loved Keeper even more.
As soon as I read the blurb and Jack the Rippers name is mentioned I was already sold on this book. Who could not be fascinated with the brutal murders in an historical case that has never been solved? I was really interested to see how the author would work this in with a modern day crime story and I have to say it worked perfectly.
The story flicks from past to present of which each time scale was as fascinating as the other. The murders that take place in both are horrific and gruesome. We start off in a court room of which the person on trial sings a song in his head which just set the bar well and truly high for what gruesome things as a reader we can look forward to.
Emily and Alexis yet again work tirelessly in trying to solve the case and I was well and truly fascinated with how they go about it. I have to say I am quite fascinated with profilers so Emily’s side of the investigation was especially gripping stuff.
Keeper is just a truly awesome read. It is dark and twisted and I absolutely loved every minute of it. This is one unputdownable, spine chilling read and an absolute must read for crime fans.
My thanks to Orenda and Anne Cater for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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