Dark Pines by Will Dean @willrdean #Review


So here’s a crazy thing this review isn’t for a blog tour it’s a book from my own TBR pile. Told you it was crazy! 😉

After hearing so many great things about this book I had to read it, first of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…


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 woods.

It’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.




I have to admit when I first sat down to write this review I had all of these thoughts bubbling around in my head but when it came to writing it all down I’m really not sure I can do this book justice. There is just something special about this book and it isn’t just one thing, it’s pretty much everything, the setting, the characters and especially those last few chapters that can only be described as nail biting! So forgive me if I ramble on or don’t make much sense but what I will say is that Dark Pines is a book that is definitely worth picking up!


When I started this book I knew that I wouldn’t be able to read it in one go because I had so many other book commitments and well life gets in the way too. So in actual fact it took me quite a while to read it. However I loved that I could actually savour the story and for me reading it this way probably made it even more enjoyable! I didn’t forget what was happening even if I may have left it a day or two before picking it back up and for me this is a sign of a well written and thoroughly engaging book. One that will stay in your mind making you think about it even when you aren’t reading it.


The setting is what can I say other than perfect, almost like a character in itself one minute a calm and quiet environment then the next moment changing into something else entirely. The mystery side to this story easily kept me guessing with plenty of suspects to choose from. This all added to the tension and suspense that Will Dean expertly weaved through his story. At times it was subtle but still simmering and then at other times it was making me sit upright waiting to see how it would all end.


Tuva is such an interesting and engaging character and by the end of the book I was really attached to her. There is a feisty but sensitive side to her personality and she has her hopes and fears just like the next person. Tuva is deaf but it doesn’t define her she is matter of fact about it and just gets on with her daily life.  Tuva along with her best friend Tammy really help to bring this story to life and I’m so eager to see what will happen next in Red Snow.


As you can probably tell I really enjoyed Dark Pines, a book that pulled me into the forest and the community along with experiencing the growing tension page by page!




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