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?
Will Dean is a seriously talented writer, especially when it comes to atmosphere and description. Once I started reading Red Snow, I became completely wrapped up in the story and in the setting that is so brilliantly described. If you enjoyed Dark Pines, you are going to love this.
I only read the first book in this series towards the end of last year, and I was so excited that I could dive into the next one straight away.
After the events in the first book in the series, Tuva is facing strong animosity from the locals of Gavrik; some haven’t forgiven her for writing on the Medusa murders and putting Gavrik in the spotlight, and they are quite happy to see that she is leaving to go south. But with two weeks before her departure, she asks to help ghost writer, David Holmqvist research his next book on the liquorice factory, one of the town’s main sources of income. But trouble seems to have a habit of finding Tuva in this book, and she finds herself investigating a families murky past, with danger always just around the corner.
Will Dean is quite inventive when it comes to the nature of some of the deaths in both of these books, particularly the way in which the bodies are found. I think the next time we have snow, I’m going to be picturing snow skulls inside my head, they were so, so creepy. We also see the return of the wood carving sisters, who I am getting more and more curious about and I would really like to learn more about their history.
The family at the centre of this book, who Tuva is researching, are very mysterious and fascinating, and again there is a level of creepiness about them when Will Dean takes us into their home and explores their hobbies and especially some of the things that they collect. I wanted to know more about them and why strange things were suddenly starting to happen in their factory, especially since Tuva has arrived on the scene.
There is a dark undertone that runs right the way through this story which always keeps you thinking, about the places that Tuva visits and the people she encounters. Once again Will Dean has created an absolutely chilling read took me right into the depth of a Swedish winter as I was reading. During the time I was reading this, I sometimes expected to look up and see snow lying on the ground outside. I’m certainly interested to see how Will Dean will develop this series further.
Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to the publisher for sending me an advance review copy.
Publisher: Point Blank
Publication date: 10th January 2019
Print length: 400 pages
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