Today I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of the third Tuva Moodyson book by Will Dean. Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invite onto the tour and my review copy of the book.
Tuva has been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy has gone 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. But who will be there to save Tuva?
It may be Midsommar in Gavrik, but this is the most chilling episode yet in the acclaimed Scandi thriller series from British writer Will Dean.
If you haven’t started this series already then…WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN? This is Tuva Moodyson’s third outing and it’s just as good as the last two if not BETTER! Tuva is an intriguing character who really comes alive in these books as does the Swedish countryside she lives in. But Midsommar brings its own madness and when Tuva hears that her best friend Tammy has gone missing, she drives back to Gavrik as quickly as she can. As you’ll remember from Red Snow, Tuva has been “self isolating” in the south of the country but her friendship with Tammy means more to her than anything and the persistent reporter is unwavering in her loyalty towards her friend so is determined to lead the search for her. And that leads Tuva to Snake River and some very strange characters indeed!
I was gripped from the start of Black River and was cheering Tuva on all the way as my emotions went on a rollercoaster ride from chapter to chapter. There was so many moments when I feared for, not only Tammy but Tuva as well due to the weird people that she came across in her investigations. This is Will Deans strength as he creates such credible, complex and quirky characters who make you laugh whilst also sending shivers down your spine. He brings a realism to these unorthodox and eccentric personalities and the situations that they find themselves in as Tuva comes across them.
Once again the creepy and atmospheric storyline delivered by Will Dean kept me glued to my sofa and I read it in one intensely satisfying session! I just loved every minute of Black River…well, apart from the last one when I realised it was all over once again! I love Tuva Moodyson and can’t wait to spend time with her again soon. A fabulous read from start to finish.
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 second book in the series, Red Snow, is now out in paperback.