When I heard that Will Dean had written a second book in the Tuva Moodyson series, having LOVED Dark Pines (see my review here), I will admit to squealing rather loudly and then when I heard there was a #blogtour I practically wet myself in excitement. I must, therefore, thank Anne Cater profusely for letting me join this epic tour and a huge thanks to her and the publishers for my ARC copy.
About the 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?
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. #RedSnow @willrdean @PtBlankBks
My Review: As mentioned above I absolutely LOVED Dark Pines and decided to keep Red Snow until the week before the #blogtour so it’s fresh in my mind. I started reading this book on a Friday and had the entire weekend to savour and devour the book, but for some reason it was taking me ages to read it and I didn’t understand why. The storyline was gripping, the characters fascinating, the writing was beautiful and brilliant but what would normally take me 5-6 hours took me almost 10-12 hours to read and then I worked out WHY?
The book was too bloody atmospheric, set in the snowy, freezing cold town of Gavrik, every time I tried to read the book I went to bed and switched on my heated blankets and 20 mins later fell asleep – like clockwork. The book was so descriptive and authentic I could literally feel the icy wind, see the snow falling and landing on the floor and for some odd reason I needed to be warm and snuggled up in my bed to face The Ferryman and read about The Grimberg Liquorice Factory.
There were several absolutely BRILLIANT sections of writing in the book, that I wish I had the foresight to highlight so I can share them with you, but alas I was too engrossed in the story (and my afternoon naps) to do that. The tongue/penis meal made me laugh; the relationship between Tuva and Tams is wonderful, the strength and dedication behind the Grimberg ladies is incredible.
If you enjoyed Dark Pines you will LOVE Red Snow. If you haven’t read Dark Pines – then do yourself a huge favour and read it now.
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Praise for DARK PINES
‘The tension is unrelenting, and I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’ VAL MCDERMID
‘Memorably atmospheric, with a dogged and engaging protagonist, this is a compelling start to what promises to be an excellent series.’ THE GUARDIAN
‘Atmospheric, creepy and tense. Loved the Twin Peaks vibe. Loved Tuva. More please!’ C.J. TUDOR
‘Challenges the Scandi crime giants on their home soil with this strong contender set in wintry Swedish countryside.’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Crackles along at a roaring pace, as Dean piles on sinister locals, hideous troll figures and danger in the dripping wet forest….’ OBSERVER THRILLER OF THE MONTH
‘A haunting example of stylish storytelling.’ DAILY MAIL
‘A refreshingly different approach to Nordic Noir with a soupcon of Twin Peaks.’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Tuva is a brilliant protagonist. This HAS to be a TV series.’ Nina Pottell, PRIMA
‘A remarkably assured debut, Dark Pines is in turn, tense, gripping and breathtaking, and marks out Will Dean as a true talent. Definitely one to watch.’ ABIR MUKHERJEE, author of A Rising Man
‘Totally immersive from the very first page…Highly HIGHLY recommended’ LIZ BARNSLEY, LizLovesBooks
‘#DarkPines is definitely dark, but it’s also terrifyingly beautiful, and I LOVED it.’ JOANNA CANNON, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
‘Claustrophobically atmospheric and spine-tingly tense, Dark Pines kept me enthralled to the very
last page. A stunning debut from a major new talent.’ STEPH BROADRIBB, author of Deep Down Dead
‘I loved Dark Pines and highly recommend this gorgeous slice of Nordic noir.’ HOLLY SEDDON, author of Try Not to Breathe