Longlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger 2020
The action swings from London to Sweden, and then back into the past, to Franco's Spain, as Roy & Castells hunt a monstrous killer ...
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. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women's prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.
Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Alienor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK's Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.
Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Alienor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells.
Roy and Castells' investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco's rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule. Terrifying, vivid and recounted at breakneck speed, Blood Song is not only a riveting thriller and an examination of corruption in the fertility industry, but a shocking reminder of the atrocities of Spain's dictatorship, in the latest, stunning instalment in the award-winning Roy & Castells series.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Number of pages: 300
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“Powerful and moving”
I'm grateful to Orenda Books for an advance reading copy of this book to consider for review.
Johana Gustawsson's crime fighting pair, profiler Emily Roy and crime writer Alexis Castells, return together... More
“Another fantastic Roy and Castells thriller”
Blood Song is the third outing in the Roy and Castells series from French writer Johana Gutawsson. This series keeps getting better with every new story, showing why it was critically acclaimed and why a TV adaptation... More
“Emotional thriller set in Spain and Sweden”
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... More
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