Black River by Will Dean @willrdean #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Black River by Will Dean today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…


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? 


I’m really not quite sure how to write this review. If I’m honest I’ve tried a few times to compose something that at least makes a little bit of sense. I guess I’ve found it difficult to put into words how much I enjoyed not only this book but how much I love this entire series! Anyway here goes…

In Black River we catch up with Tuva a few months after she has started again in her new job, in a new town. Unfortunately Tuva’s move from Gavrik is short lived and she has to make a sudden return when her best friend Tammy disappears. Can Tuva solve this mystery and find her friend? That is the big question and this all adds to the pressure that Tuva is under as she begins to attempt to solve this mystery. Anyone who has read this series from the beginning is probably just as fond of Tammy’s character. Which means there was also this added tense undercurrent as I worried alongside Tuva for her friend. However as ever Tuva is determined to get to the bottom of things including going to extreme lengths and taking extra risks.

Throughout the story I was never quite sure what would happen next. I loved this feeling of uncertainty as it helped to add to the overall dark atmosphere. The inhabitants of Gavrik once more managed to provide an extra creepy vibe. Along with meeting some new characters who will make you question how innocent they really are. The characters in this book bring a dark edge and I loved the fact that I wasn’t quite sure who would be behind it all. Let’s just say that they were all pretty shifty in their own right!

Will Dean always builds his stories up carefully and masters the slow burn perfectly with an amazing amount of detail. The kind that made me feel as if I was right there with Tuva. Whether that was in the forest experiencing the vastness and dark fairy tale feel or the confinement of living in Gavrik that seems to leap from the pages. There has always been an intense feeling within this entire series and I do think that this feeling is intensified in Black River. This story pulled me in and refused to let go until the very last page. I loved it!

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