Black River

by Will Dean

Part of the The Tuva Moodyson Mysteries Series

Crime and Mystery Sharing Diverse Voices Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading Expert Review of Black River

Reporter Tuva investigates the disappearance of her best friend in this edgy, bold and so so readable Scandi-noir.

Edgy, gutsy, and so so readable, gosh how I love this series. Black River is the third book after Will Dean’s hugely successful debut Dark Pines and follow up Red Snow. Reporter Tuva Moodyson is back, full of spiky attitude and fortitude, which she will need in bucketfuls after her best friend Tammy goes missing. Tuva just has to be on my list of favourite characters, she yells out to me to join her when I see her book waiting! This is Scandi-noir with a twist, the twist comes with essence of wild and remote and heaps of unusual characters. Will Dean’s descriptions plunged me into Gavrik at Midsommar, adding a somewhat fevered dimension to the plot. The occasional little explanations for those of us who don’t live in Sweden were really helpful. Black River is a dream of a read for me, assured and bold it certainly kept me on my toes, and went straight onto my list for Liz Robinson picks of the month. 

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Black River Synopsis

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


Tuva's 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?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781786077110
Publication date: 12th March 2020
Author: Will Dean
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Will Dean Press Reviews

'Just finished Will Dean's Black River. Splendid to catch up with Tuva Moodyson and that very special world... Such a BRILLIANT central character...great on women's friendships.' - Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland Island series and the Vera Stanhope novels

'Once again, I LOVED it!!! Do yourself a favour and read the first two books in the series.' - Marian Keyes, author of The Break

'Devouring Will Dean's Black River, possibly my favourite of his Tuva Moodyson mysteries. Certainly one of the best series of recent years - the perfect blend of pace, plot & atmosphere.' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars

'Well, this was another absolute cracker. Thank you Will Dean for letting me spend some more time with one of my favourite crime fiction characters - Tuva Moodyson. Atmospheric, creepy and utterly gripping.' - Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door

'Black River what can I say? Will Dean raises the bar yet again. Suspenseful, distinctive, each page crackles with menace. Everything you could want in a thriller.' - Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks

'Absolutely love the Tuva Moodyson crime series and Black River doesn't disappoint... Knocked it out of the park.' - Sam Baker, author of The Woman Who Ran

'Terrifically tense, Black River is Tuva's most intense story yet. Loved it.' - Alice Clark-Platts, author of The Flower Girls

'Black River is an incredible read! Be ready for March 2020 people, Tuva is back with a bang' - Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

'Best Tuva yet! And I've loved them all.' - Jane Fallon, author of Tell Me a Secret

'I can't believe how Will Dean keeps getting better and better! ONCE AGAIN I thought I was soooo smart and knew what was going on and ONCE AGAIN I did not! I loved this oneso* much, loved all the new characters and places. And it's so PACY! A dream.' - Bethany Rutter, author of No Big Deal

'Dean just gets better and better and this chilling, gripping story features one of the best crime fiction leads of the last decade.' - The Bookbag

'Finished this BRILLIANT read last night... Will Dean's Black River is tense, searingly emotive and visceral, and I absolutely loved it. Thrilled to have Tuva back!' - Karen Sullivan, publisher at Orenda Books

'A closed community with a deadly sense of loyalty. This book will give you the shivers...this is a fine, fine read.' - The Booktrail

Praise for the Tuva Moodyson Mysteries: 'Tuva is a wonderful creation and Dean's series is not to be missed' Daily Express '[Will Dean] has the potential to be one of the significant voices of his generation' Shots Magazine

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ISBN: 9781786078414
Publication date: 20/05/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786077110
Publication date: 12/03/2020
Format: Hardback

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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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