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Dark Pines 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 woodsIt 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 This was a chilling, atmospheric story set in a village and dense forests of rural Sweden It is gripping and creepy, and there is a sinister feeling connected with its small town inhabitants A menacing mood is prevalent and the tension never lets up I love a story that transports me to an unfamiliar place The author brilliantly evokes the land, painting vivid word pictures of its dark vast forests of spruce, pine and birch, its damp bogs and marshes, the mud underfoot, the rain, sleet, and This was a chilling, atmospheric story set in a village and dense forests of rural Sweden It is gripping and creepy, and there is a sinister feeling connected with its small town inhabitants A menacing mood is prevalent and the tension never lets up I love a story that transports me to an unfamiliar place The author brilliantly evokes the land, painting vivid word pictures of its dark vast forests of spruce, pine and birch, its damp bogs and marshes, the mud underfoot, the rain, sleet, and patches of snow I felt immersed in its moist, claustrophobic atmosphere It is probably a place I won t want to visit anytime soon Will Dean has created an intriguing heroine, Tuva He has written sensitively about her deafness, her concern for her sick mother, her relentless pursuit for a story for the local newspaper, and of her terror of the gloomy woodlands Tuva left a promising career with a big city newspaper, moving to the village to be close to her dying mother She hates the place, has no affinity for nature, and longs to return to a big city Approximately twenty years earlier, three hunters were found at different times shot dead in the forest Their eyes had been extracted The woodland abounds with elk and other wild game, and also mosquitoes and ticks It is the beginning of the elk hunting season, and the sounds of rifles echo through the vicinity Most of the men are avid hunters Soon, Tuva learns that two men have been discovered shot to death and their eyes had been removed In her role of reporter for the local paper, she interviews some quirky characters on the outskirts of the village and believes any of them might be suspects Tuva also wonders if these two murders are connected to the unsolved cases twenty years previously She meets with some hostility as the locals are concerned that her news articles show the village in an unfavourable light and blame her for scaring hunters away She has made two female friends in the village which makes her time there less unbearable The compassionate and relentless Tuva becomes obsessed and dedicated to solving the crimes This leads her to enter the dreaded forest on her own, desiring to overcome her greatest fear She finds the forest eventerrifying and dangerous than she anticipated in her wildest imagination This was compelling, tension filled plot, and the suspense never let up I have already downloaded the next book featuring Tuva Moodyson, and can t wait to encounter her again and her next adventure This is a taut dark, atmospheric crime noir, set in a remote town, Gavrik, in Sweden Tuva Moodyson is a local reporter, deaf since she was a child, who moved here reluctantly after working in London She has settled in rural shitsville only because her mother is terminally ill, expected only to live for a year Two people make life bearable for Tuva, her half Nigerian editor, Lena, whom she admires and learns a lot from, and Tammy, her best friend and crucial support Surrounded by forests, G This is a taut dark, atmospheric crime noir, set in a remote town, Gavrik, in Sweden Tuva Moodyson is a local reporter, deaf since she was a child, who moved here reluctantly after working in London She has settled in rural shitsville only because her mother is terminally ill, expected only to live for a year Two people make life bearable for Tuva, her half Nigerian editor, Lena, whom she admires and learns a lot from, and Tammy, her best friend and crucial support Surrounded by forests, Gavrik is small, everyone knows one another, with a large number of gun owners and hunters, teeming with insularity and prejudices Utgard forest is the biggest, a dark eerie and menacing wood of dank pine trees, wet, soggy, rotten, cold, permeated throughout with clouds of mosquitos and other bloodsucking insects with the sounds of gunshots and the native wildlife all around Tuva is remarkably adept at dealing with her deafness so that she fits in with everyday society and life without any glitches Back in the 1990s, three middle aged hunters were shot in the torso and had their eyes removed in Utgard forest Known as the Medusa Murders, they remained unsolved, only now another hunter has been killed with the same macabre MO, Tuva is determined to get her exclusive, a story that will make her name and give her options to move back to a big city national newspaper Tuva is obsessed with exposing the serial killer as further murders take place amidst the growing tensions and febrile atmosphere in the town Locals start to become hostile to Tuva s press coverage, feeling that it threatens the economic livelihoods of many and hunting, which culturally defines the region Tuva makes frequent visits to Mossen, a tiny village close to where the killings have taken place The residents are eccentric, from the weird and strange sisters that carve trolls, and the loner, David, an odd ghostwriter Utgard forest terrifies Tuva and turns her into a nervous wreck, and the rural makes her feel like fish out of water However, she is going to have to go deep into the forest, to face her fears, to uncover a dangerous serial killer.This is a beautifully written crime story that ratchets up the tension and suspense Will Dean creates a truly compelling character in the deaf Tuva, plagued with unease and guilt over her mother whose personality changed for good when her husband was killed by a bull elk Her good intentions to spend time with her mother are constantly derailed, despite her need to talk with and connect with her The pine forests are a character in their own right, menacing, with numerous rotting animal corpses, where a killer roams free This is an absolutely brilliant and gripping novel which I loved reading Highly recommended Many thanks to Oneworld Publications for an ARC From the blurb one would assume that Dark Pines is a typical Scandinavian thriller a chilly tale of murder set in a small town, deep in the forests of rural Sweden The novel however is written by Brit Will Dean Rather than it just being a copycat pastiche of the many impressive Scandi crime novels out there, it turns out that Dean himself has left the U.K and now lives in Sweden, so has some real experience to draw upon.The novel features Tuva Moodyson, a journalist, previously working for From the blurb one would assume that Dark Pines is a typical Scandinavian thriller a chilly tale of murder set in a small town, deep in the forests of rural Sweden The novel however is written by Brit Will Dean Rather than it just being a copycat pastiche of the many impressive Scandi crime novels out there, it turns out that Dean himself has left the U.K and now lives in Sweden, so has some real experience to draw upon.The novel features Tuva Moodyson, a journalist, previously working for the Guardian in London, now living in Gavrik a fictional town near Gothenburg and working on the small local newspaper She made the move to be close to her mother who is spending her last days in a nursing home nearby.Twenty years ago Gavrik became infamous for a series of grisly murders It seems the murders have started again with the discovery of the mutilated body of a hunter in the forest.Tuva becomes totally involved in the case in the hope that a big story will help her return to top flight journalism, when the time comes.Tuva is virtually deaf I learnt a lot about hearing aids very stubborn, a bit lonely and has a phobia of being lost deep in the forest Oh dear, what could be on its way I enjoyed the setting of small town Sweden and the procession of creepy eccentrics lined up as possible culprits The atmosphere is dark and unsettling and the tension grows steadily with a good, solid ending An exciting first outing for Tuva Moodyson book two is already out there and a series I look forward to following Dark Pines is one of those books where I look up from the pages after finishing it, slightly dazed, going Yep THAT is what I am looking for.Beautiful beautiful writing, totally immersive from the very first page with a main protagonist that you just fall in love with and an atmospheric, haunting sense of things that will linger for a long time Will Dean s intuitive prose just sends you to Gavrik, a small town, a tight knit community, people just looking for a quiet life, but there is a dangerou Dark Pines is one of those books where I look up from the pages after finishing it, slightly dazed, going Yep THAT is what I am looking for.Beautiful beautiful writing, totally immersive from the very first page with a main protagonist that you just fall in love with and an atmospheric, haunting sense of things that will linger for a long time Will Dean s intuitive prose just sends you to Gavrik, a small town, a tight knit community, people just looking for a quiet life, but there is a dangerous underbelly to it all that you just feel throughout the reading Tuva is truly intriguing, living and working in Gavrik to be close to her unwell Mother, just waiting to escape but somehow so very much a part of it all anyway Her so called disability is just part of her, she works around it with no sense of being different to anyone else and I loved that about her.The scene setting is a huge part of what makes this so very very excellent though The Dark Pines of the title, that brooding, beautifully threatening forest is a character in its own right making you want to visit and want to hide from it always in the background, a definable, vivid environment that ingrains itself into the wider story with a truly imaginative intensity.Then you have the quirky, odd and realistic characters that live in and around Gavrik from the sisters my favourites with their extremely strange creative profession and their lilting way of talking to Tuva herself, everyone you meet in Dark Pines will give you a different emotional response The mystery element is so so SO well done, I don t even want to say anything about it, you should just read it and live in it and wait for that downright eerie ending that is elegantly achieved.I loved every moment of this one Every word It was just blinking brilliant This is DEFINITELY one to watch in 2018 and has pretty much guaranteed itself a place in my top ten reads for this year Dark Pines is a novel to watch and Will Dean is an author to watch I sense great things ahead.Highly HIGHLY recommended

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