DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) by Will Dean
7th December 2017, Point Blank Books
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.
DARK PINES was one of those books I saw being heavily reviewed and spoken about in late 2017 across the bloggerverse and one I was more than interested in. As with most bookworms, it is sometimes impossible to read everything on your TBR straight away 😦 With the upcoming release of RED SNOW – the sequel to DARK PINES due in January, I knew I had to pull my finger out!
With Melbourne starting a rather hot summer, I welcomed the cold and wintery setting of rural Sweden. The town surrounded by woodland, ice and snow. Even in 30+ degree weather, the descriptions alone of the town were enough for my imagination to take me there and feel the same chills as Tuva.
Tuva Moodyson is a special character in that you don’t encounter many like her in crime fiction. A young deaf woman working for the local paper in order to build her portfolio in the hope of working for larger publications. When the body is discovered in the woods, with the eyes removed – Tuva sees this as her opportunity to put her all into the story and uncover the truth. She is a strong willed and determined character, however we get to see the softness she possesses in how she interacts with the townsfolk and her own mother.
If you are into gritty Nordic Noir with claustrophobic settings and unreliable characters, then DARK PINES is a must read!
A big thank you to Point Blank Books & Will Dean for gifting me a copy of DARK PINES. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!
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