I’m over the moon to be sharing my review today of Red Snow by Will Dean as a stop on the blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onboard.
About this book…
One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?
Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.
Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?
Having absolutely loved Dark Pines I was desperate to read this second book about the unusual heroine and her life in the small Swedish town of Gavrik. So if you haven’t read Dark Pines (then WHY NOT?! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!) I think you can definitely read Red Snow as a stand-alone novel but a backstory into this unique environment and the characters who inhabit it, would certainly add an extra layer of knowledge to your understanding of the plot.
My proof copy of Red Snow came will some delicious little salty liquorice cat sweets that are a Swedish delicacy but I didn’t understand why until I picked up Red Snow and started to read. Tuva is drawn into the lives of Grimberg family when she experiences first hand the suicide of one of its members when they jump from their own factory building. When this is closely followed by a murder that is also seemingly connected to the Grimberg liquorice factory, Tuva faces a race against time to solve the crimes before she leaves to start her new life away from the town.
Once again, I wrapped the plot of this beautifully written book around me like a furry blanket so I became completely immersed in the cold and bleak landscapes of the Swedish backdrop. Tuva is a fascinating character that I will never tire of and I love becoming involved in her life as local reporter. Her interactions with a cast of uniquely detailed townsfolk are some of my favourite examples of Will Deans richly expressive style of writing and they make his books really stand out for me. There are some returning characters from Dark Pines but also plenty of new ones for the reader to connect with plus the Grimberg family themselves provide plenty of bizarre events to keep the plot from ever becoming predictable!
As the tension increased in the build up to the final few pages, I actually couldn’t predict how the ending would play out but I have to say “Bravo” to Will Dean for keeping me on my toes till the very last page! And now I need to know more! Hopefully Will Dean has already put pen to paper (or at least switched on his laptop!!) and Tuva will return in #Tuva3 as she’s far too interesting to let go of now!
A unique literary gem of a book!
About the author…
Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. He is the author of Dark Pines.