Red Snow by Will Dean blog tour #bookreview @willrdean @PtBlankBks

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TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

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?

MY THOUGHTS

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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Dark Pines by Will Dean #bookreview @willrdean @PtBlankBks

Dark Pines: 'Stylish, compelling and as chilling as a Swedish winter.’ - Fiona Cummins by [Dean, Will]

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SEE NO EVIL

Eyes missing, two bodies lie deep in the forest near a remote Swedish town.

HEAR NO EVIL

Tuva Moodyson, a deaf reporter on a small-time local paper, is looking for the story that could make her career.

SPEAK NO EVIL

A web of secrets. And an unsolved murder from twenty years ago.

Can Tuva outwit the killer before she becomes the final victim? She’d like to think so. But first she must face her demons and venture far into the deep, dark woods if she wants to stand any chance of getting the hell out of small-time Gavrik.

MY THOUGHTS

Deep within a Swedish forest, the body of a huntsman is discovered with his eyes gouged out, and deaf reporter Tuva Moodyson sets out to track down a killer. But is the death linked to a very disturbing series of murders that took place in the 1990s and how can Tuva uncover the truth when the people of the town don’t want her to report it?

Tuva is such an excellent character. After the discovery of the body in the woods, she sets out to investigate the locals, and she speaks to some unsettling people who are very different, but who all live near to each other. Tuva is hoping to get her big break in her career as she is desperate to join one of the nationals in London and she thinks that this case may just be her lucky break.

I loved the sense of menace which gets darker and darker as the novel progresses, making you think that Tuva is getting closer and closer to danger as she starts to unravel the truth. I became quickly immersed in Will’s brilliant writing which is so atmospheric and brilliantly written. I really liked the way he describes the forest and the weather. This is the perfect book to read on a cold winter’s evening, while wrapped up warm of course.

The characters who Tuva speaks to are so intriguing, and they all made me feel just that little bit uncomfortable; particularly the wood carving sisters, who make their living by carving creepy trolls, and the ghostwriter. I was thinking this especially when he was trying to interview Tuva. My own thoughts as to who the killer was were thwarted in the final chapters.

The forest does create an impending sense of doom, very much so when we think about the murders that are taking place there and the ones that took place decades earlier. Every time that Tuva was alone in these woods I was fearful for her, thinking that something was going to happen, or that someone was going to leap out of the trees brandishing a rifle. The forest is a character in its own right, and Will Dean draws on the gloominess and darkness so, so well.

Dark Pines is a chilling first novel from Will Dean. I’m very excited to see where he will take Tuva next. You really don’t want to miss this book.

Publisher: One World Publications

Publication date: 7th December 2017

Print length: 336 pages

If you would like to purchase Dark Pines, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below. 

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