Red Snow by Will Dean Point Blank Books January 10th 2019
One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected?
And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?
Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes.
The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.
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?
I haven’t read Dark Pines but had heard so much about how good it was that I just had to be part of the blogtour for Red Snow. It was not essential to have read Dark Pines as Red Snow stood up brilliantly as a stand alone novel, and what a great novel it was.
The first thing that struck me was the harsh, cold environment, it was your enemy, the main character in the novel you had to guard against. Yes, a murderer was out there somewhere, but the cold would get you long before any murderer could. The deep freezing temperatures, slowed everything down and Dean’s narrative perfectly matched this, as he drew us in to his brilliant descriptions of the snowy roads, the gloom as the afternoons descended into night, and the echoey, eerie feel of the forest. You could almost sense the ice and snow crackling underfoot, and the ever present danger that enveloped you by just stepping out of your front door, heightened the tension and drama.
Equally brilliant was the character of Tuva Moody, deeply flawed and one very mixed up woman, a woman who couldn’t or wouldn’t face upto the death of her mother, who seemed unable to deal with her feelings for those around her and more importantly her own issues. Tuva’s deafness did not seem to hinder her, in a way it helped, it made her more tenacious, more determined and I felt at times she took more risks, which made for some very interesting reading.
Other characters played their part, none more so then the Grimbergs, owners of the liquorice factory. They appeared impenetrable, a mystery to the small town they lived in, and Dean teased us with his little clues as we accompanied Tuva on her interviews with them, and we became embroiled in her research as the truth slowly emerged. And it was the slow pace of the novel that impressed me, it allowed Dean to burrow deep into his characters, to explore the intricacies of a small town where every knows everyone else, where events can be magnified, the past brought to the fore with devastating consequences.
It wasn’t until the latter parts of the novel that Dean turned the screws, that the truth became clearer and a sense of desperation amongst the characters set in. The pace shifted, became quicker, the atmosphere tense and the outcome uncertain, would Tuva succeed or fail?
Red Snow, was crime writing at its best, intricate, and chilling with an introspective approach that made it stand out from the rest. A perfect read for those cold winter evenings with a roaring fire and a large mug of tea.
I would like to thank Point Blank for a signed copy of Red Snow to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
WILL DEAN grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before
the age of eighteen. After studying at the LSE and working in London, he
settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy
forest clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he
compulsively reads and writes.
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