Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.
Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim is missing.
Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?
Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?
Having enjoyed Dark Pines & Red Snow so much, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Black River as I loved the main character – the legend that is Tuva Moodyson. I loved Will Dean and his writing and am so honoured to be closing the tour for his third novel. Let me tell you that it absolutely lived up to my levels of anticipation and I’ve been lost in Snake River during my period of isolation and I’m not planning on leaving any time soon…
When Tuva leaves Gavrik behind and heads off for a new start in a whole new town, it should come as no surprise to fans of hers that she is plunged headlong into another intriguing case – with a Midsommar angle that really proves to be every bit as gripping as his two previous novels. It must be so difficult for crime writers to keep coming up with fresh and exciting ‘cases to crack’ and I think that this is one of the aspects of Will Dean’s writing that is gathering the most acclaim. You really feel like you get a deep dive into the case of her friend Tammy’s disappearance with Tuva and her somewhat unorthodox way of proceeding with things really sets her apart as a protagonist as well as the dynamic and unforgettable pairing of Lena and Thord – who I absolutely love.
I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to dwell too long on the plot of Black River as I want you to be able to experience all the twists and turns for yourself – suffice to say that the skilful way that Will Dean weaves the many and disparate elements of this case into the narrative is superbly done and remains convincing throughout. I know at times it can feel like the fictional world is saturated with ‘quirky’ detective teams with complicated back stories but this series is something that’s absolutely in its own league and once you’ve read one, you’ll not be content until you’ve devoured all three…
I loved the way that this novel wove many threads together – a convincing detective story, a fabulous Midsommar setting where the nights never come – but the twists and turns certainly do, and a set of fabulously original characters who have felt like real people from the get-go Black River is definitely one of those novels that stays with you long after closing its final page and one that I will definitely be recommending to my friends – it packs a powerful punch and never lets up in terms of keeping you second-guessing its ending right up until the final few pages.
I can’t wait to see what Will Dean does next. I’m a sucker for a fantastically written crime read and Tuva is one of my favourite female creations. I can’t wait to see where this series goes and heartily recommend it for whiling away a long dreich Isolation afternoon by the fire. Away and treat yourself – You’ll thank me for it as it’s just the thing to take your mind off everything that’s going on in these strangest of times.
Writer On The Shelf
WILL DEAN grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled
in rural Sweden, where he built a house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest.
His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for
the Guardian Not the Booker Prize and named a Telegraph book of the year. The third book in the series, Black River, is now out