I’m totally late to the party with reading Dark Pines and my TBR was teetering on the brink of collapse so I grabbed myself the audio version to listen to on the school run and dog walks.
And oh my days. In the end, I couldn’t listen on the dog walks. It was far too creepy being out in the woods with the pooch while listening to Tuva and her investigation.
Here’s the blurb …
Oneworld Publications (7 Dec. 2017)
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.
My thoughts …
Where the heck do I start?
As the blurb tells us, Tuva Moodyson is a journalist trying to make a name for herself in the small Swedish town of Gavrik when a body is found shot dead in the forest. Not really a big thing considering it’s hunting season and accidents happen, but the eyes … the man has had his eyes ripped out.
Tuva is then drawn into one of the most bizarre murders I’ve ever read.
As the investigation ramps up, Tuva realises that what she thought was a quiet and boring town actually holds some of the most unnerving and twisted secrets.
I adored this book, as I already mentioned, I had to stop listening to it when I was out walking the dog as it creeped me out too much. Tuva may be the main human character, but Dean has such a way with words that the forest came alive and my senses were on overdrive as I listened. I could feel myself being transported to this world he’d created, and it was magical, until the dead bodies appeared that is!
Tuva’s investigations lead her to a cold-case from the town, that of the Medusa Killer. Could this killer be the same person all these years later?
Dean has created a world that deserves to be shouted about, loudly!
Told from Tuva’s point of view the whole way through, we are taken a journey with her that is relentless in the tension.
The narrator, Maya Lindh, was captivating and I hope she’s going to be around in future books, I will forever hear her voice when I think of Tuva.
From the creepy troll makers, to the menacing forest, there’s nothing about Dark Pines that didn’t unsettle me. AND I LOVED IT!
Atmospheric, compelling, and absorbing, Dark Pines deserves ALL the attention it’s been getting and more! It is the perfect start to a new series, one that everyone should be involved with from the off.
I cannot wait to see what Dean has in store for us in Red Snow, the next book in the series, and have pre-ordered myself a hard-back already!
Want to get your hands on a copy?
And you can grab the audio book here
I recommend you get on-board with this series from the off, it’s going to be HUGE!
About the author …
Will Dean grew up in the Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.