Black River by Will Dean @willrdean @annecater

Book Description:

Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of DarkPines and RedSnow.


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?

My Thoughts:

Black River is the third book to feature reporter Tuva. Whilst you could read it as a stand alone, I do think readers would get more out of it if they have read previous books in the series.

I was quite sad to see Tuva leave Gavrik and her friends, so was intrigued as to what the author would bring us in his latest novel. Whilst I was glad that the story is set back in Gavrik, I wish it had been on better terms. Tuva’s fears for her good friend, whilst I was fearing for Tuva. She always manages to land herself in trouble in her relentless efforts to reveal the truth.

If you have had the pleasure of reading the previous novels, you will know how many unsavoury characters live in this town. The residents who Tuva comes across whilst digging for information, sent shivers down my spine. They really don’t come much weirder or scarier. Snake River also lives up to it’s name, making me want to hide behind my cushions.

Black River is another dark and tense read with a protagonist who I can’t get enough of. I’m sure I’ve said it before but this would make such a great crime series on the telly. Tuva is an unlikely hero as she is quite unassuming for someone in her line of work. She is like a dog with a bone though and her lines of enquiry wholly consume you. A page turner of a read that had me hooked.

My thanks to Anne Cater, NetGalley and Point Black for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Black River is available to purchase from Amazon.

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.

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