#Blogtour Black River by Will Dean @willrdean @PtBlankBks @annecater #RandomThingsTours #Tuva #BlackRiver

Black River by Will Dean
Point Blank March 12th 2020

Tuva has been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy 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. But who will be there to save Tuva?
It may be Midsommar in Gavrik, but this is the most chilling episode yet in the acclaimed Scandi thriller series from British writer Will Dean.

My Review

I read this whilst in self isolation and it was a brilliant distraction. Tuva was back at her brilliant best, her personal life more stable in one sense, her love life on rocky ground, and her best friend missing.

She found herself back in her old stomping ground of Gavrik, a town in the midst of Midsommar madness, eternal light, a mass of swirling biting insects and a cast of strange and suspicious characters.

And oh boy, Dean’s characters were brilliant from the guy with a serious foot fetish to the woman who bred snakes of all kinds to sell stuff and eat. What became increasingly clear and so cleverly done by Dean was that all could have had something to do with Tammy’s disappearance, all seemed to be hiding something and it was Tuva’s job to investigate.

As usual Tuva was fearless, relentless and at times foolhardy, but you couldn’t fault her dedication and determination. You felt her frustration as people assumed Tammy wasn’t Swedish, not as important as plastic doll heads, and dead animals that led her on a chase through dense forests, and isolated outbuildings.

It was her journey through Gavrik’s surrounding landscape that gave the novel an edgy, nervy feel. You felt you weren’t quite in the real world, that it was somehow post apocalyptic. The buzzing biting insects, dead snakes, abandoned dolls, dense undergrowth and Tuva’s unease at strange sounds as she slept made you feel jumpy, the tension palpable as you read.

It felt as it must have felt for Tuva, never ending as you and she encountered yet another dead end. Then came the break through, as the clues slowly and inexplicably slotted into place, the outcomes surprising but horrifying. But Dean also left us with more questions, threads left dangling as we wondered just what could be next for Tuva?

So Mr Dean, I do so hope you will not leave us dangling for long and that Tuva will be back very very soon

I would like to thank Point Blank Books for a copy of Black River to read and review and to Anne Carter 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 and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden, where he built a house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize and named a Telegraph book of the year. The second book in the series, Red Snow, is now out in paperba

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