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  • Location: Falkenberg, Spain, Madrid

Blood Song

Blood Song

Why a Booktrail?

1928, 1990, 2016: The third in the Roy and Castells series taking them to Franco’s Spain

  • ISBN: B07QZ7C83V
  • Genre: Crime, Historical, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

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, Aliénor 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 Aliénor 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. Joining forces once again, 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.

Travel Guide

Travel BookTrail style to Falkenberg and Spain

This book has two main settings but it’s the story which begins in Spain that takes the reader on the more emotional journey. The settings in modern day in and around Madrid show the story from the past coming back to haunt. That story of course is the one of the atrocities of Franco’s Spain. Tragedy, horror and unforgivable violence splatter and stain these pages, a memory of the past which really did exist and happen. The author is keen to point out that her characters and story may be fictional yet the background of violence and babies being forceably taken from their mothers, really was true. The violence where a family is taken from their homes and shot for being suspected militants….the violence of religious orders supposed to be looking out for young babies and mothers….the ripples of these events on the present day.


The story of the police investigation and the present day enquiry unfolds in this small Swedish town. There are some nice (sandy) locations as the family in the main story live very close to the beach. Violence and tragedy soon leave their mark however.

Past and present collide in this beautiful Swedish village.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Blood Song ( Roy & Castells 3)

Destination: Falkenberg, Madrid, Spain  Author/guide:   Johana Gustawsson Departure Time: 2016, 1930s, 1990

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