Will Dean: Black River

Today I’m absolutely thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Black River. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for providing my copy of the book via Netgalley.


Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.


Tuva has 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?


As a massive fan of Dark Pines and Red Snow, I was delighted to be back with Tuva Moodyson. Although she’s no longer strictly a Gavrik resident, she’s back to help in the search for her friend, and as readers, we too are immediately taken back there. The area of Black River is an area that hasn’t been explored before but Dean’s sense of place is amazing and it makes the novel wonderfully atmospheric. It’s slightly different this time around as Black River is set in summer so there is less snow and more heat, but it is still easy to picture the surroundings. I also enjoyed learning about the traditions of Midsummar.

Tuva Moodyson is a fabulous heroine. Although it is clear that her hearing loss can sometimes make situations difficult, she never uses it as an excuse and she never lets anything get in her way. The disability is an incidental part of her character (which is how it should be) but it’s brilliantly researched to make her character as authentic as possible.

There are a number of characters in Black River, some of whom we have met before. They all have fascinating characteristics, which intrigued me throughout the whole novel. I had no idea who the culprit was, but it could have been anyone!

It takes some time for the mystery to be unravelled, but this allows the tension to build gradually. Dean’s storytelling is excellent and I really wanted the women to be safe so I kept reading right until the end!

The ending of Black River is left open for Tuva to make a decision and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next!

Black River is available from Amazon.

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