Dark Pines

by Will Dean

Part of the The Tuva Moodyson Mysteries Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Dark Pines

A fun and gripping first in a new series of Scandi-noir - unusually written by a Brit now living in Sweden - where a young journalist, hungry for a scoop, risks almost everything to find a killer.

A fun and gripping first in a new series of Scandi-noir - unusually written by a British writer who grew up here but now lives in Sweden. Our heroine - Tuva Moodyson - has also recently moved there, she grew up in rural Sweden but left for the bright lights of London and has returned to near home because her mother hasn't got long to live. Not wanting to give up her career as a journalist she's moved a few hours away from 'home' to work at a local paper. It's pretty sleepy till the entire community is sent reeling when a body is found in the forest during hunting season, shot but with it's eyes removed, no accident and a chilling copy of a spate of murders from twenty years before. Tuva goes on the hunt for the story of her career almost risking everything to find the killer. Adding to the drama is the fact that Tuva is deaf and her ability to both operate without her hearing aids in complete silence when she wants to, and the danger she faces from her hearing aids failing, both up the ante significantly.

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Dark Pines Synopsis

A brand new debut crime writer introduces a Scandi-noir Tuva Moodyson Mystery SEE NO EVIL Eyes missing, two bodies lie deep in the forest near a remote Swedish town. HEAR NO EVIL Tuva Moodyson, a deaf reporter on a small-time local paper, is looking for the story that could make her career. SPEAK NO EVIL A web of secrets. And an unsolved murder from twenty years ago. Can Tuva outwit the killer before she becomes the final victim? She'd like to think so. But first she must face her demons and venture far into the deep, dark woods if she wants to stand any chance of getting the hell out of small-time Gavrik.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781786073853
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Author: Will Dean
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Dark Pines Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Sweden, Elk hunting, the first week and a body has been found, missing it's eyes, enter Tuva a local newspaper reporter, deaf since childhood and waiting for the one story, that will boost her career. Full of oddball characters, secrets and dark humour, in places. Dark Pines is a must read for all those Twin Peaks fans, it would make a great TV series.

Sweden, Elk hunting is in full swing, and gunshots echo round the woods, but it is not just Elks, that are dying, a body has been found, missing it's eyes.
Enter Tuva Moodyson, a reporter won a small local newspaper who has been deaf since childhood. Tuva is looking for that ONE Story, the story that will make her name, and boost her career. Is this is it? Hoping that this is the ONE, Tuva investigates, even though she has a deep dislike for Nature and creepy woods are not her thing.
As she investigates, she comes across a web of dark secrets and an unsolved murder over twenty years old.
When reading this is I could see the oddball characters of Twin Peaks, eg The Log Lady, (LOVED THE ORIGINAL Twin Peaks), Dark Pones is tense, gritty and exciting. Tuva is great character, with a dark sense of humour. Being deaf myself, I understood her mounting frustration at beeping hearing aids!
What a great TV Series Dark Pines would make!

Angie Rhodes

The descriptions of the characters, scenery all add to the brooding presence of the tale. The tension is unrelenting and I'm eagerly waiting on the next in the series.

This is the first in a new series.
Tuva Moodyson is a deaf reporter working for her local newspaper.
She finds herself invoved in a series of murders that have similarities to murders commited in the in last decade of the 20th century.
She finds during her investigation that everyone and no one are suspects.
A read that is sometimes hard to get into. But when it does it grips you and wont let go.
A dark, claustrophobic and edgy read.
The descriptions of the characters, scenery all add to the brooding presence of the tale.
The tension is unrelenting and I'm eagerly waiting on the next in the series.
I think if you like your crime dark and edgy then grab a copy.

Alfred Nobile

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ISBN: 9781786073853
Publication date: 14/06/2018
Format: Paperback

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About Will Dean

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. Will Dean is our Putting Authors in the Picture feature for March 2020. Find out more about Will's author journey!

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