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Block 46

Published Date: 14th November 2016

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Description

Evil remembers…

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again. Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald? Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light. Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.

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Winner of Balai de la Découverte 2016 and Nouvelle Plume d’Argent 2016

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‘A real page-turner … I loved it!’ Martina Cole

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‘A great serial-killer thriller with a nice twist … first rate’ James Oswald

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‘A bold and audacious debut from a very talented writer. Heralds the beginning of a thrilling new series’ R J Ellory

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‘Cleverly plotted, simply excellent…’ Ragnar Jónasson

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‘Viscerally brutal yet delicately beautiful, like blood spatter on fresh snow. An unbelievable debut’

Matt Wesolowski

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‘Gripping … utterly mesmerising’ Thomas Enger

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‘If you like your crime dark and unafraid, then look no further than Johana Gustawsson. Block 46 is brutal and sexy, exquisitely written, and unforgettable. Gustawsson doesn’t shy away from anything; she’ll take you where other crime writers might not dare wander, vividly and accurately describing the most brutal of crimes, taking you inside the heads (and hearts) of those on both sides of the investigation, and all this conjured up with the most beautiful prose. The ending left me pacing the house. That’s all I’ll say. Read it.’ Louise Beech

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‘There are two reasons for praising Block 46, the first novel by the French author Johana Gustawsson. It has a strong plot, starting with similar killings on Hampstead Heath and in Sweden. They become linked with horrifying events in Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944. Perhaps as importantly, the grim detection is carried out by two strong women. Emily Roy is a profiler, lent to Scotland Yard by the Canadian Mounties; her friend Alexis Castells is a French writer of true-crime. They make a terrific, original duo. They have a future.’ The Times

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Block 46 left me shuddering as it reached a dramatic conclusion, and yet I couldn’t turn away, oh what a clever and very shocking tale this is!’ Liz Robinson

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‘A jewel of a read, made all the more startling and terrifying by being set in a landscape of fact.’ Catherine Jenkins

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‘Definitely a book with page turning quality, from start to finish.’ Helen Lowry 

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‘A graphic and sometimes harrowing crime thriller with a twist I didn’t see coming! A great read. I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and grabbed my interest.’ Jenny Shirley

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‘Great gripping thriller. I was hooked from the outset and the book kept up the pace. Well written and a great plot. Look forward to reading more from this author.’ Jane Ashbrook

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Block 46 is dark, oppressive and bloody but it’s also thought-provoking, compelling and very moving.’ The Metro

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‘Compelling’ Block 46 was recommended in Women’s Own

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‘Maxim Jakobowski ensures a seamless translation as Johana Gustawsson releases evil behind a stark and deceptively simple writing style. ‘Block 46’ left me shuddering as it reached a dramatic conclusion, and yet I couldn’t turn away, oh what a clever and very shocking tale this is!’ Love Reading 

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‘Multi-layered, superbly plotted, brimming with mystery, tension and bone-chilling violence, and with two very different – but equally fascinating – lead female characters, Block 46 is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted … Disturbing, moving and utterly mesmerising, this is a book that has the power to shock and the artistry to impress long after the last page has turned.’ Lancashire Post

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‘This debut by journalist Johanna Gustawsson is written with an assured hand, woven intricately where the strands knot into a breathless and startling dénouement, so it is of little surprise that further adventures of Alexis Castells and Emily Roy are in the process of translation into English.’ Shots Mag

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‘The constant switching of point of view take some getting used to, but it’s worth persevering for a bold and intelligent read’

The Guardian

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Johana took part in an interview on BBC Radio 4 front row

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Author

Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

Translator

Maxim Jakubowski is a crime, erotic, and science fiction writer and critic.

Jakubowski was born in England by Russian-British and Polish parents, but raised in France. Jakubowski has also lived in Italy and has travelled extensively. Jakubowski edited the science fiction anthology Twenty Houses of the Zodiac in 1979 for the 37th World Science Fiction Convention (Seacon ’79) in Brighton. He also contributed a short story to that anthology. He has now published almost 100 books in a variety of areas.

He has worked in book publishing for many years, which he left to open the Murder One bookshop[1], the UK’s first specialist crime and mystery bookstore. He contributes to a variety of newspapers and magazines, and was for eight years the crime columnist for Time Out and, presently, since 2000, the crime reviewer for The Guardian. He is also the literary director of London’s Crime Scene Festival and a consultant for the International Mystery Film Festival, Noir in Fest, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy. He is one the leading editors in the crime and mystery and erotica field, in which he has published many major anthologies.

Online Reviews

‘Harrowing, ambitious, and downright chilling. Block 46 is not for the faint of heart – and not to be missed’ Crime by the Book

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Block 46 is not for the faint hearted, nor for those of a sensitive disposition.  Johana Gustawsson has written a very impressive and very dark thriller. Block 46 is her first work translated into English (by the very capable Maxim Jakubowski), and I am quite certain it will be a critical success’ TripFiction

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‘I was so intrigued to see where Block 46 was going. Yet, after just a few pages, I had to put the book down for a while, needing a break. I desperately wanted to read more, but also didn’t. Books don’t often have such an impact on me. And not many books make me email a publisher with the expression “OMG”! Block 46 contains everything I want in crime fiction, including twists, turns and surprises. It totally broke me for a while at the end and is certainly not a book that I’ll forget’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Breathtakingly honest and true, Block 46 really is something unique and special, with a writer who has carved out her own place in the Noir genre  – French, Swedish, German and her own personal history woven into the mix – and it’s a raw, emotional and memorable read’ The BookTrail 

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‘With its short chapters and the changing narrative (there are also brief interludes told from the perspective of the killer), Block 46 is a book that demands your full attention. The threads of the stories are gradually woven together resulting in a thrilling and shocking denouement. Block 46 is the best kind of book, it’s a gripping psychological thriller with a clever and engaging resolution but it also does what the most intelligent fiction can do, it reaches into the past and tells us that there are some lessons we must never forget. It’s a book that kept me reading long into the night, then I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it’ Hair Past a Freckle

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‘Without hesitation this book has already made it to my top reads of 2017. Why? Because it’s a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil, good versus bad, death versus life; it’s complex, fast-paced, and disturbing,  all the elements that make a crime read stand out from the norm. Gripping from the first page, Block 46 will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its shocking conclusion, that I can guarantee’ The Book Review Café 

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Block 46 is the type of book you can’t put down. Don’t start it at night like I did … not that you will be able to sleep after reading. Outstanding’ MrsLovesToBake

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BLOCK 46 is a truly unique and chilling blend of Nordic Noir’s dark atmosphere, the sensibility of its French author, and a brutal serial killer plotline. Readers of hardboiled crime fiction will feel right at home in Gustawsson’s world. BLOCK 46 is gritty, bone-chilling, and harrowing—it’s not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed.’ Crime by the Book

Johana talks about her ‘Best of Crime’ as part of the blog tour.

Off-the-shelf books

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‘The writing is crisp, taut and intelligent, the plotting is tight, bold and skilled, and had a profound effect on me as a reader. It’s one of those books that linger well after you finish and challenged me to think in a deep way. Gustawsson is not afraid to take the reader to dark places but it’s not just for shock value, it’s purposeful, meaningful even. This is a stunning beginning to a new series from a formidable author that I couldn’t be more excited about.’ Novel Gossip

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Block 46 is a raw, emotional and memorable read. Set in Falkenberg, London and Germany, it’s a tale of how history can make its mark, how the ripples of one event can filter through and affect humanity for years, how we brave the world around us but sometimes it’s what we hide inside that harms us. Breathtakingly honest and true. Johanna is an author whose personal mix of the Noir genre has got my attention!’ The Book Trai

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‘Despite this book being a dark and disturbing read I was surprised that the writing is both descriptive and beautiful, you really don’t expect that with a crime thriller, but it works, in fact I think it made the book all the more chilling. Without hesitation this book has already made it to my top reads of 2017 … Gripping from the first page, Block 46 will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its shocking conclusion, that I can guarantee.’ Block 46 was given the Gold Star Award rating.

The Book Review Café

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‘Roy and Castells are a perfect match and will undoubtedly have many more crimes to solve. The tenacity of Roy and Castells to get to the bottom of the crime rubs off on the reader as you become amateur detective alongside the fictional investigators, and that, for me, is truly the best kind of crime novel. If future novels are as fascinating as Block 46, I will be first in line to read them.’

 Segnalibro

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Block 46 is the type of brilliantly insightful crime thriller that doesn’t come along that often – dark and brutal yet with some beautiful writing, Johana Gustawsson takes you inside the heads, hearts and every other part of her characters telling an emotional and hard hitting story that will stay with you long after finishing it.’  Liz Loves Books

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Block 46 is abhorrent and it is also quite callous at times. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a psychological thriller weaving threads from a notorious concentration camp all the way to the tortured and abused body of a little innocent child. The author spins a wicked tale of terror, pain and deception. It is an absorbing combination of history and crime, with a flair of Nordic noir and a nefarious mind behind it all.’ MM Cheryl

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Johana names the books she would add to the secret library as part of the blog tour. Café Thinking

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I’m not even going to talk about the plot twist, which I thought was exceptional! If you read only one book I’ve recommended this year, make it this one – emotive, thrilling and beautifully written. Maxim Jakubowski did a wonderful job translating the text, it really feels like nothing was lost in the translation. Nordic Noir you have met your match, French Noir, in the form of Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson! Keeper of Pages

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Block 46 is harrowing, unflinching and brutal; it’s also brilliant, gripping and completely and utterly unputdownable! I highly recommend ordering a copy of this incredible crime thriller right away! I can’t wait to see what Johana Gustawsson writes next, I’ll certainly be first in line to buy it.’

Rather too fond of books

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‘It’s a very well written, with strong and believable characters and plenty of twists and turns. It was definitely not what I had been expecting, but I am delighted that it is book one of a new series featuring Alexis and Emily, I look forward to part two.’

If only I could read faster

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‘I think the story succeeds by the use of a neutral tone in the translation which allows the reader to keep a slight distance from the acts of violence. Nevertheless, the depictions of the killings aren’t for the faint-hearted although readers of crime fiction in translation will probably find the violence no stronger than that of Pierre LeMaitre or Jo Nesbo.’ Crime Places

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Block 46 was a featured book of the month on Love Reading.  See the full feature here:

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‘There are so many elements of this story that just reached out and grabbed me. Apart from it being extremely dark and disturbing in parts, it has everything I love in a crime novel. From the first time I heard about this novel, I knew I had to read it and now having read it, all I can say is that I can not wait to read more by the author. A spine chilling read that is perfect for readers who love their crime books more darker and thrilling.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

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‘Johana manages to combine so many clues to form a tremendous ending without revealing too many secrets. It has been translated from French by Maxim Jakubowski superbly which lets you read it flawlessly. If you like crime, thrillers, history and have a strong stomach then this undoubtedly will be a best-seller. I can’t wait to see what the author produces next.’ Ali The Dragon Slayer

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‘I’m not sure the label matters. What matters is that she has created a very impressive and very dark thriller. Block 46 is her first work translated into English (by the very capable Maxim Jakubowski), and I am quite certain it will be a critical success … Many a truly nauseating discovery is made – Block 46 is not for the faint hearted, nor for those of a sensitive disposition. The book moves to a scary, and unforeseen, conclusion.’ Trip Fiction

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‘This is such an intriguing novel. It has an awesome plot description, that instantly draws you in … There are some references to real people of WW2 and I admire the author for keeping it facts and accuracy. The twists and turns are really ramped up at the end and it really is a cracking read. Highly recommend!’

 Anne Bonny Book Reviews

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‘For me, Block 46 is sheer perfection and I can’t recommend it enough. If I could, I’d give it more than five stars and I have no doubt that it will stay with me forever. As it is, I’m convinced it’ll be in my list of “books of the year”! Johana Gustawsson is one to keep your eye on! Also, a well deserved shout-out to translator Maxim Jakubowski, who did an outstanding job!’ Novel Deelights

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‘I found the story strong enough to work out well as a series but the Buchenwald storyline made this book so much more than a usual crime novel. This was an account that needed to be told and has catapulted it into my top ten list of books read. Not just in 2017 but my all-time top ten.’ Stephs Book Blog

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Block 46 did take me longer to read than is normal for me, yet I think this was because actually unusually for a speed reader like me, I was compelled to read every word. It is a very dark and disturbing book, so not for the fainthearted. Yet the story has a certain flare about it that makes you think, rather than just recoil. I would highly recommend this novel and think it is definitely one of the best I’ve read so far this year.’ A Crime Readers Blog

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‘This book is not for delicate hearts, is merciless, hunting and absorbing. You will have to be prepared for a serial killer that doesn’t have a heart and that his biggest pleasure is to kill! I have to say that there were a couple of twists completely unexpected, but that I really enjoyed, good job Johana, you surprised me!’ Varietats

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Karen, publisher of Orenda Books talks about how and why Violence serves a profound purpose in Block 46 as part of the blog tour.

Random Things Through my Letterbox

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‘It is beautifully written and skilfully conceived. The passages depicting the monstrous treatment of those in Buchenwald Concentration Camp are so horrifying but never gratuitous … This is a gripping and gritty read which deals with issues which take you further than a crime novel. As an examination of evil, it is a chilling but unforgettable read.’ Books Life and Everything

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‘The beautiful writing and gripping plot of Block 46 held me stead fast from the very first sentence, all the way to the very last … Raw, shocking and brutal, this beautifully layered story will not only fill your waking hours but your dreams to. Block 46 is a harrowing and mesmerizing study of the darkest corners that lurk in the human mind. It’s chilling, frightening and horrific. What an incredible book!’

Ronnie Turner

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‘Wow. This book. As dark as this is at times,  it is also so beautifully crafted that it is one of those I will remember for some time … The clues are subtle, their reveal gradual. But then this suits the pace of the book … A dark and at times unnervingly real 5 stars from me.’  Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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‘Dark and disturbing this book has left me with much to think about. I certainly won’t be forgetting it in a hurry. Characters that make your skin crawl with a convincing and intriguing plot. I also thought the working partnership between Emily Roy and Alexis Castells worked really well. There really is nothing to dislike about this book. This is the best book I have read so far this year!’

 Reflections of a Reader

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Block 46 is not a book for all. It is disturbing. The acts committed are very graphic. It is a book that deals with evil and leaves the reader asking the question – Is someone born evil or does society create evil? It is a book that will leave you speechless and quite disturbed, horrified and traumatised, yet wanting more. I feel very strongly about this book and I so hope it gets all the accolades it deserves.’ Swirl & Thread

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‘This is a novel with multiple viewpoints so it’s almost like reading a book in IMAX format. As well as hearing from Alexis, Emily and the Swedish police officers, we also hear from the killer. Chilling doesn’t even begin to describe it. Steadily, the two main plotlines weave together, with a few twists thrown in for good measure, leading to a climatic ‘don’t go in there’ moment. Johana Gutawsson’s debut thriller is impressive.’ Joy Kluver

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Johana takes part in a Q & A session as part of the blog tour. Love Books Group

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‘Gustawasson weaves an unforgettable, dark tale and brings the horrors of the Holocaust to life right off of the pages.  Despite the subject matter being so disturbingly heinous the author’s writing is beautiful and eloquent … I thought I had the ending all figured out but with a twist I really did not see coming the author left me in a state of shock, and I found myself thinking about it long after finishing the book.’ Feminisia Libros

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‘Once you read Block 46, it is tattooed on your mind, for better and for worse, and you are left asking for more. Johana Gustawsson gives French Noir a new meaning with this phenomenal and unforgettable story.’ Chocolate N Waffles

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Johana takes part in an interview at CrimeFest as part of the blog tour. Bibliomaniac

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‘The brutality and courage are described here with equal passion which literally at times stopped me reading. I don’t think that a book I have read has ever captured the essence of pure fear that came from these pages word for word like it did … This is a very powerful story and shocking from beginning to end. Definitely not for the faint hearted. A Superb piece of writing.’

Books From Dusk Till Dawn

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Johana writes a guest post about writing and researching the story behind Block 46. Shots Mag

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‘To have played certain scenes down would have removed the the impact of Block 46.  This is a book where graphic violence is necessary and sadly, true to the story. Would I recommend this book?  I would, but prepare yourself for what is a very tough read in places.  It’s a dark, unsettling, harrowing novel that will make you stop and think. It certainly had that effect on me.  I loved the twist and would read another novel by Gustawsson in a heartbeat.’ Damp Pebbles

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‘The gallic touch that Gustawsson adds to the Nordic crime genre makes for a satisfying, gripping and harrowing read that drew me in completely. I have absolutely no doubt that in #RoyAndCastells I’ve found a new detective pairing that I’ll be telling absolutely everyone about and I’ll definitely be looking out for the sequel. Block 46 looks at evil in a unique and memorable way and the quality of writing makes it hard to believe that this is Johana Gustawsson’s debut novel.’

On the Shelf Books

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Block 46 was recommended on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast

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‘The story was engaging, the plot intriguing and the dénouement played out really well. It was entertaining, thought provoking at times and drew me along. I’m glad I read it. I’ll be interested to see what the second Roy and Castells story has to offer.’ From First Page to Last

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Johana writes a guest post titled The Girl in Green as part of the blog tour. Col’s Criminal Library

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‘This is a totally compelling read – it slowed my reading right down so I could be entirely encapsulated in the story … I couldn’t pick it up and put it down, I needed to finish chapters before I could put my kindle to sleep. As I read the parts the author had read over a month previous, I could hear her beautiful French voice reading and singing to me.’ Crime Book Junkie

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‘The case was interesting with its connection to WW2 and Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Reflecting on the end can I only say that not everything as it seems and even though I was not really surprised to learn who the killer was did Gustawsson add a final twist to the story. One that when I learned thought “of course, why did I not think about that?”.’ Bookaholic Swede

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Block 46 is a murder/mystery in theory. But it is honestly so much more. It delves deep into people’s character, how they behave and react in certain situations and this is expertly written by the author. It’s not often I find myself struggling to find the words for a review. But I am with this one. Block 46 is brutal, honest and emotionally harrowing but it’s so worth reading!’ Bibliophile Book Club

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Block 46, by Johana Gustawsson, absolutely blew me away. This book will end up being one of my favourite reads of the year. Hands down. No questions … Fans of historical fiction will love its general premise rooted in the Second World War and the Holocaust. Suspense and mystery fans will devour its ominous tone, it’s red herrings and intricate, meticulously weaved storyline. Thriller fans will be impressed with the pace, the jaw-dropping plot twist, and the creepy nature of the serial killer character.’ Clues & Reviews

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‘The reader is challenged to consider personal actions and justifications. Despite a lingering degree of ambivalence there is much to ponder from this tale. It developed into a gripping if sometimes harrowing read. I will look with interest for the next book in this series. The author’s astute and uncompromising style suggests she is one to watch.’ Never Imitate

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Block 46 was so much more than I had hoped for in a serial killer thriller. It’s probably one of the most memorable debuts I have ever read. Heart-breaking and hard hitting in equal measures, this book had it all for me and I was an emotional mess by the end of it. Very highly recommended by me!’

 My Chestnut Tree Reading

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Block 46 is quite possibly one of the most magnificent books I have read, it’s absolutely flawlessly plotted, rich in characters and has an astounding level of detail woven into it.  There are so many layers to this novel that it’s hard to begin to describe just how powerful this is … This was a book that well and truly caught me off guard, there were aspects of the plot that I would never have guessed.’

 The Quiet Knitter

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‘The subtle weaving of powerful emotion, murderous intent and the tracking of a deranged killer, all underscored by Gustawsson’s influence of French and Scandinavian fiction, all co-exists and blends perfectly into a brave and beautifully realised book. Disturbing and compelling, Block 46 is an intensely unique read. Highly recommended.’ Raven Crime Reads

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‘This is no easy read it is dark and some of the detail is very descriptive. This is one thriller that will haunt you for some time after you have finished reading. But it is a five star read. The first in a series and if the next instalment is anything like this then prepare yourself. A very talented writer that I think we are going to hear a lot more from.’ The Last Word Book Review

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‘The story, while not action-adventure or necessarily happening at break-neck speed is quite fast moving.  Events start unfolding from page one and, for me, haven’t let up yet.’ Book Lover Worm Blog

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‘With immense skill the writer weaves a story full of characters you want to know more about and others that will chill you to the core of your being … It’s edge of the seat reading. Exciting, riveting and a story that will linger with you. Tension seeps off the page and into your soul.  You will find yourself thinking about it long after you’ve read the last page.’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘Block 46 absolutely blew me away. Johanna Gustawsson has created a taught and gripping thriller, that refuses to let the reader go. The writing in this book is sublime, as readers we are instantly transported between Sweden, London and the Buchenwald Concentration Camps in 1944. It was this aspect that I enjoyed most about Block 46. The different locations and time frames are very visually depicted, and the reader becomes completely engrossed in this compelling story.’ The Bibliophile Chronicles

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‘The coupling of Roy and Castells is genius, they are both wonderfully strong women who have channelled their past pains to shape them into these brilliantly strong and independent people. Their relationship is great and is one that I am really excited about seeing more of in the future. Block 46 is wonderfully complex and well thought out debut novel that will knock your socks completely off!’

 Emma The Little Book Worm

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‘Block 46 is the best kind of book, it’s a gripping psychological thriller with a clever and engaging resolution but it also does what the most intelligent fiction can do, it reaches into the past and tells us that there are some lessons we must never forget. I absolutely loved Block 46, it’s a book that kept me reading long into the night, then I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it. I know I’ll read it again and will be recommending to everybody – that it’s a debut makes it even more stunning.’ Hair Past A Freckle

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‘In Roy and Castells Johanna Gustawsson has created two compelling leads I can’t wait to read more of. In Block 46 she has created a fantastic novel. A thoughtful and tightly plotted book that’s both moving and thrilling, an absolute page turner that delivers in spades.’ Mumbling About

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‘A harrowing read that has been meticulously researched, the novel is a compelling page-turner that will remain in your thoughts for a long time afterwards. Like many other readers before me, I think this is one of THE books of 2017.’ Johana talks about navigating the past on Rachel Amphlett’s blog

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‘While covering some dark subjects this is an excellent read, and it becomes more and more compelling throughout. Jakubowski serves it well in his translation by NOT making it read everywhere just as though it had been originally written in English: there is actually a slight sense of cultural distance maintained which helps to build unease as the death toll grows and the detectives are forced out of their comfort zone. Overall, really a promising start to a series and, as I said, I can’t wait to read more about Roy and Castells.’ Blue Book Balloon

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‘I enjoyed reading Block 46 it never played out how I expected it to, which is really refreshing when you read as many crime novels as I do. I was continually surprised by the plot twists. I enjoyed how the characters developed and would be intrigued to read more in the series. Parts of the book are set in Sweden an area of the world I love and this setting was really bought to life by the author.’

Reading Confessions

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‘Nothing, and I mean nothing could have prepared me for Block 46 by Johana Gustawasson, if you are looking for a unique, nail biting and gripping tale look no further than this book, it’s going to sound cliched but it literally left me speechless.’

 Block 46 is selected as The Book Review Café’s book of the month for May 2017

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‘Block46 is a brilliant crime novel that doesn’t cushion the horrors of the Holocaust. Education is key to stopping racism. Never Forget 6/6.’ Victoria Goldman

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‘The skill in which Johana Gustawsson draws the reader in, made me frantically turn the pages wanting to know what was happening and what would happen next. Block 46 is a book that will stay with you long after you put it down … Johana Gustawsson artfully weaves suspense and mystery together. I am in awe of the final result. Anyone who enjoys suspense, mystery and thrillers needs to read this book!’ Jena Brown Writes

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‘Johana Gustawsson’s seven-year wait for the publication of her debut crime fiction is remarkable. The audacious Block 46 is the fruit of her painstaking research leafing through the documents of the Nuremberg Trial. Spanning over seventy years, it is a tale with an array of settings and flashbacks being approached differently in the génre.’ Geenacre Writers

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‘”Block 46” is a compelling serial killer story that’s dark and twisted – easily sending chills up your spine – with totally engaging characters that have been translated from the original French version flawlessly. It’s a truly thought provoking read that’s set within a superbly crafted plot and indisputably keeps you guessing until the brilliantly terrifying end that has you shocked at the clever and ingenious twist!’ Miriam Smith 

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‘It’s dark and often horrific, told in part through flashbacks to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp towards the end of the Second World War. The characters here are twisted and barbaric in their treatment of the prisoners, and you’re dragged along through the story of Erich Hebner as he does what he needs to do to survive.’ Espresso Coco

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Block 46 is quite simply outstanding. I am still recovering from the powerful impact of this book. It is incredibly clever, multi-layered and it leaves an emotional imprint. I was left speechless, wondering how I could do such a book justice. This is my attempt to share my love for Block 46 … With some intense, gorgeous writing Johana Gustawsson takes us on an unforgettable journey. We learn about humanity and how low it can sink. This is a story of evil. With a twist or two, the ending will simply leave you breathless. This is noir at its best, with some very French and Scandinavian tones. A very unique and stunning read. A book to just savour!’ Northern Crime

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‘Finally, the element of surprise towards the end of the novel has to be mentioned. Here it comes when it is least expected and has the effect of explaining certain parts of the novel that appeared rather puzzling. This could only have been achieved by a very close and detailed attention to plot. The author always planned to account for any apparent anomalies later and the explanation when it finally arrives is indicative of considerable care in plot preparation.’ Crime Review

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Block 46, is a powerful and emotive story. I really had no idea of the direction which Johana was going to take us. The subject of the concentration camps is an area which Johana has researched impeccably well, what Johana has also done in this book is make us, the reader, realise how important it is for us to learn about what happened in these times, to ensure that this atrocity never happens again … A gripping and compelling read, I can’t wait to read more from Johana.’ Hooked From Page One

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I cannot praise this book enough – at times harrowing but always compelling. It threw up the classic reading dilemma – so good I want to reach the end to find out what happened. But I don’t want to reach the end as I was enjoying it so much. Grab this Book 

 

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