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Black River

Will Dean

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Point Blank
03 August 2021
Series: Tuva Moodyson
Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.

FEAR Tuva's been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim is missing.

SECRETS 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?

LIES 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?
By:   Will Dean
Imprint:   Point Blank
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 28mm
ISBN:   9781786078414
ISBN 10:   1786078414
Series:   Tuva Moodyson
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   03 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball's Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson mystery, Red Snow won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards, 2019, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2020. Will Dean lives in Sweden where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set.

Reviews for Black River

'A closed community with a deadly sense of loyalty. This book will give you the shivers...this is a fine, fine read.' * The Booktrail * '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 * 'Dean has created an electric and relatable character who has been through the tragedy of losing both her parents but comes back stronger and more resilient time and time again... The writing successfully created a claustrophobic feel... an all-round successful creep-fest... if you're an old faithful fan or a new reader of Will Dean, Black River will have you hooked.' * Daily Record * 'Very definitely recommended.' * TripFiction * 'Dean effectively re-creates the frustration and discomfort of high summer in the forested hills... [Tuva Moodyson] is becoming more credible with each novel in the series and Dean brings a refreshingly different voice and setting to the subgenre of 'femjep' crime writing.' * Literary Review * 'Hats off to Will Dean who... is beating the Scandi-noir writers at their own crime caper game... I loved it!' 10* * Peterborough Telegraph * '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 * 'Dean effectively re-creates the frustration and discomfort of high summer in the forested hills... [Tuva Moodyson] is becoming more credible with each novel in the series and Dean brings a refreshingly different voice and setting to the subgenre of 'femjep' crime writing.' * Literary Review * 'Just brilliant. Tense, atmospheric, original with a lead character who's not like any other.' * Hayley Webster, author of Jar Baby * 'A riveting mystery, one of those stories that gives you the impression that the answer is staring you in the face, tantalisingly, teasingly close at hand and yet you can't see the wood for the trees... Reading Black River is an immersive experience... tense and wrought with danger.' * NB Magazine * 'Dean has created an electric and relatable character who has been through the tragedy of losing both her parents but comes back stronger and more resilient time and time again... The writing successfully created a claustrophobic feel... an all-round successful creep-fest... if you're an old faithful fan or a new reader of Will Dean, Black River will have you hooked.' * Daily Record * '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 one *so* much, loved all the new characters and places. And it's so PACY! A dream.' * Bethany Rutter, author of No Big Deal * 'Terrifically tense, Black River is Tuva's most intense story yet. Loved it.' * Alice Clark-Platts, author of The Flower Girls * '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 * '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 * '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 * '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 * 'The pace is as fast as it is electric, the writing fresh and descriptive.. the dialogue crisp and the bonds between women sensitively explored... This book is a winner.' * Mystery Crime * 'Black River is the third instalment of a series that has breathed new life into Scandi Noir and Tuva is a wonderfully crafted heroine whom it is easy to cheer for. The sense of foreboding slowly builds throughout the novel before Dean delivers a cracking finale.' * Daily Express * 'Packed with suspense...a novel that will keep you gripped to the very end.' * The Leveller * '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 * 'A chilling atmospheric thriller that leaves the reader breathless.' * Choice magazine * 'An atmospheric and electrifying return. ****' * HEAT * 'My favourite Tuva novel yet...atmospheric and chilling.' * Jane Casey, author of Cruel Acts * 'Tuva Moodyson is back in the Swedish town of Gavrik at the height of Midsomar celebrations on the hunt for her missing best friend Tammy, but summer in Gavrik is just as dangerous as winter and in this compelling, intriguing, brilliantly written thriller, the relentless pace drives you forward until you are hanging on to the pages by your fingertips, afraid to go on, but terrified to put it down. Another masterpiece from Mr Dean.' * Liz Nugent, author of Skin Deep * 'Once again, I LOVED it!!! Do yourself a favour and read the first two books in the series.' * Marian Keyes, author of The Break * '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 * 'Dean's series about deaf Swedish reporter Tuva Moodyson is a must read - and this book is his best yet... Black River is eerie, unnerving and buckets of fun.' * Observer Thriller of the Month * 'A peerless exercise in suspense.' * Financial Times *


  • Long-listed for Not the Booker prize 2020 (UK)
  • Long-listed for Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2021

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