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** My greatest thanks to the publisher and author for my very early review copy of this book **

 

Description:

Red Snow is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dark Pines, selected for ITV’s Zoe Ball Book Club

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

 

My Thoughts:

The much anticipated follow up to Dark Pines is set to publish in January 2019, and readers will be delighted to see the return of protagonist Tuva Moodyson who is ready to take up a new job away from Gavrik, the small town where everyone knows each other and more importantly, they know her and her connection to that case. But before she leaves town, she has a story to report on and a mystery to clear up.

I don’t know about you, but I have been eagerly waiting for my return trip to the Swedish forest, and Red Snow is just the perfect book to transport readers to this chilly, wintry setting. The approaching blizzard makes for a dangerous and menacing presence, the townsfolk are on edge with the recent deaths and worrying about the future of the Grimberg liquorice, the main employer in town.
Tuva is not the only character to reappear; many fans will be delighted to see the woodcarving sisters making a return, as does a certain taxi driver and the reclusive writer. But best of all is the return of Tami and her food van, the delights that she cooks up have your mouth watering as you read, but Dean manages to offset this with the inclusion of salted liquorice amongst other things.

The plotting and pace of Red Snow are excellent; you are aware of mysterious goings on and are drawn in by it all. As tension mounts, Dean manages to inject moments of “normalcy”, glimpses into Tuva’s personal life and relationships, making her an even more relatable and tangible character. But at the same time, he manages to show a side of her that shows vulnerabilities and insecurities. Her wit and unique way of seeing things definitely plays a huge part in this book and I was delighted to see it again.

Swedish cultural references add a wonderful authenticity to the story, the descriptions of the snow skulls was both intriguing and creepy! Will Dean has captured the small town feel perfectly, he’s woven some of the most vivid descriptions of settings and people into a tale that is both clever and complex and proved that his is a name to watch!

There’s always a worry when the second book of a series comes out, will it meet the high standard of the first book? Will the characters continue to act in the same manner or will they develop strange tendencies or quirks between books? Rest assured, there is nothing to worry about, Will Dean has penned am impressive second novel that thrills, chills and delights, it is a worthy addition to the series and I look forward to the next book.

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