Dark Pines by Will Dean

4 Stars from me

This beautifully, artfully crafted story was crammed full of interesting and well-defined characters. To be fair I expected nothing less from the author of The Last Thing To Burn – a book that virtually blew my mind.

In Dark Pines we meet Tuva Moodyson (great name) a young and incredibly ballsy reporter living in a tiny nordic town and dreaming of hitting the big time. Tuva is a superb character and I felt that Dark Pines was worth of a Fargo-esque series with it’s comedic bit players who all live within the tall trees.

So many reviews describe this book as dark and atmospheric – yep, it is. It is also creepy, clever, absorbing and has a softly building tension that is just delicious to read. I found myself half wishing I could live in Gavrik and yet 100% knowing I would hate it.

Speaking of reviews – wow this books gets its fair share of haters! I guess anything that can spark so much passion must fall into the ‘any attention is good attention’ category, right?

As for me, I look forward to reading more about Tuva. The scenes regarding her mum were poignant and a little bit haunting. Her friendships within the town were charming and her desire to succeed was admirable. There was so much I loved about this book.

Blurb: An isolated Swedish town. A deaf reporter terrified of nature. A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.

It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

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