Black River – Will Dean (Tuva Moodyson Book 3)

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 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. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?

About the Author:

WILL DEAN grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.

My Review:

This is the 3rd book in the Tuva Moodyson series and whilst it can be read as a stand-alone, personally I think you should read Dark Pines and Red Snow first to get a better and deeper understanding of the characters and the atmospheric town of Gavrik.

Black River takes us back to Tuva, the feisty, brave and intriguing journalist who left the Toytown of Gavrik after her mother’s death, leaving her friends and job behind to start afresh in a new town several months ago.  Receiving a phone call to let her know that her best friend Tammy has gone missing in Gavrik, Tuva drops everything to return to Gavrik and find her friend.

Arriving back in Gavrik, the reader is once again reminded of the brilliant characters, claustrophobic and atmospheric surroundings of this quirky town and introduced to some utterly odd and strange new townsfolk.  From beekeepers to snake breeders; car component part dealers to shoe shop sellers with foot fetishes, everyone becomes a suspect in the abduction of Tammy.  When another young woman goes “missing” the town folk come together in a show of unity and against the backdrop of Midsommar, it was so easy to imagine yourself in the midst of the town, slapping the mosquitoes away and sweltering in the heat.

This book is dark and creepy, like the forest, with some very disturbing scenes.  The characters are all brilliant, although some are absolutely crackers, and the author is able to bring to life this dark, often foreboding town with such perfect clarity.

Highly recommend to anyone who loves a character driven thriller, but remember to pack the insect repellent!


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