It’s an @OrendaBooks #CoverReveal: The Bleeding by Johana Gustawsson tr. David Warriner

Hi and welcome to the cover reveal of The Bleeding!

The Bleeding will kick off a new series by one of my favourite authors, Queen of French Noir Johana Gustawsson. It will be translated from French by the brilliant David Warriner, who also brought us the English versions of Roxanne Bouchard’s Moralès series, Johana Gustawsson’s Blood Song and Ragnar Jónasson’s Winterkill.

The Bleeding is a dark, horrifying, powerful historical thriller with an extraordinary mystery at its heart and three women pushed so far beyond breaking point, they have only one way out, and it is my absolute honour to reveal its gorgeous cover here today!

Let’s start with a look at the blurb:

1899, Belle Époque Paris. Lucienne’s two daughters are believed dead when her mansion burns to the ground, but she is certain that her girls are still alive and embarks on a journey into the depths of the spiritualist community to find them.
1949, Post-War Québec. Teenager Lina’s father has died in the French Resistance, and as she struggles to fit in at school, her mother introduces her to an elderly woman at the asylum where she works, changing Lina’s life in the darkest way imaginable.
2002, Quebec. A former schoolteacher is accused of brutally stabbing her husband – a famous university professor – to death. Detective Maxine Grant, who has recently lost her own husband and is parenting a teenager and a new baby single-handedly, takes on the investigation.

Under enormous personal pressure, Maxine makes a series of macabre discoveries that link directly to historical cases involving black magic and murder, secret societies and spiritism … and women at breaking point, who will stop at nothing to protect the ones they love…

Surely you need some more info about the author before you see the cover!

Born in Marseille, France, and with a degree in Political Science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French and Spanish press and television. Her critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, including Block 46, Keeper and Blood Song, has won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards, and is now published in 23 countries. A TV adaptation is currently underway in a French, Swedish and UK co-production. The Bleeding – a bestseller in France and the first in a new series – will be published in 2022.  Johana lives in Sweden with her husband and their three sons.

How about some publication dates?

The Bleeding will be out in audiobook on the 1st of September and in digital formats and hardcover on the 15th of September. A long wait but I have no doubt it’ll be worth it!

Right, that’s all the practical stuff out of the way!

After everything I told you, now it’s time to show you, isn’t it!

You ready?

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Isn’t it beautiful?! I can’t wait to read it! Find out more about Johana Gustawsson’s Roy and Castells series: Block 46, Keeper and Blood Song or check out my talk with her here.

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