Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Black River by Will Dean, which is available now (links below).
About the book
FEAR – Tuva has been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy has gone missing.
SECRETS – 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?
LIES – 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. But who will be there to save Tuva?
It may be Midsommar in Gavrik, but this is the most chilling episode yet in the acclaimed Scandi thriller series from British writer Will Dean.
I’m 100% sure that tiny Gavrik town has an unnaturally high ratio of oddballs to regulars in its population. Similar to Cabot Cove’s murder rate but with creepy peeps instead of actual killers.
In Black River we get to meet some more: the residents of freaky AF Snake River, which feels more Louisiana swamp than Scandi Noir. It’s Midsommar in Sweden and it is interesting to see Tuva handle the heat instead of the cold, ice and snow of the previous two books.
Will Dean once again gives us good insight into Tuva’s personal struggles, both physical and emotional, and the way of life peculiar to this little town in the North, the shocking news of Tammy’s disappearance having dragged Tuva inevitably back from her new life in Malmo.
Tuva is as wonderfully prickly as ever and even more determined than before in solving this particular mystery. The scenes around Snake River are tense and atmospheric and frequently disturbing and there are some genuinely heart-wrenching points.
I would say you definitely need to read these books in order so, if you haven’t, pick up a copy of Dark Pines and Red Snow now and if you have I’m sure you’ll enjoy reacquainting with Tuva in Black River.
Thank you to Point Blank Books for my copy of Black River and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for my spot.
About the author
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.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on the tour for Black River: