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Dark Pines: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 July 2019
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‘A refreshingly different approach to Nordic noir with a soupcon of Twin Peaks.’ -- The Sunday Express
‘Memorably atmospheric, with a dogged and engaging protagonist, this is a compelling start to what promises to be an excellent series.’ -- The Guardian
- Publisher : Bolinda/Audible audio; Unabridged edition (1 July 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0655611568
- ISBN-13 : 978-0655611561
- Dimensions : 14.6 x 2.8 x 13.4 cm
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Tuva is an interesting, multi-dimensional character who I like straight from the start. Being deaf from childhood, life has not always been easy for her, but she is never bitter of bemoaning her fate, determined not to let her disability stop her from achieving her goals. Wanting to be near her dying mother sees Tuva give up her career as a journalist in London and move to the small town of Gavrik in a remote region in the Swedish countryside, where she finds work writing small features for the local paper. Her job suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when a man is found murdered in a gruesome fashion in the forest, mutilated in ways that link him to other killings twenty years ago.
The more Tuva starts investigating the town's dark secrets, the creepier the book becomes. There were some truly terrifying characters there - those woodcarver sisters will give me nightmares for some time to come I think! Everyone seems to have a motive for murder, and most of the characters are - for lack of a better word –odd, yet strangely compelling. There were so many interesting side stories here that would make for whole books just on their own, and I could have kept reading on long after the mystery had been solved just to find out more about this unusual cast of characters. Dean portrays small town mentality perfectly, with all its prejudice, allgiances and narrow-mindedness, Tuva always remaining the outsider. Her friendship with Tammy was portrayed beautifully, and I was glad that at least she had someone fighting in her corner!
I am always a sucker for a creepy remote setting, and the author certainly knows how to set the atmosphere: the dark, sinister woods Tuva is so afraid of take on a life of their own, closing in tighter and tighter around the small town the more people fear for their lives with a serial killer on the loose. Dean does a brilliant job in ratcheting up the tension by including small, seemingly insignificant details that add to the general undercurrent of danger, like the plague of insects that attack Tuva every time she goes into the woods, or the pile of rotting mouse carcasses she finds piled up against a stonewall near one of her suspect's homes. With its air of menace, the forest becomes almost like another character Tuva is up against in her quest to find out the truth.
Dark Pines is one of those dark, atmospheric and haunting thrillers that contains everything I look for in a good mystery, and I was instantly hooked. If you are looking for a sympathetic gutsy heroine, a rich cast of unusual characters, a creepy claustrophobic setting and a chilling murder mystery, you can’t go wrong with this one! It definitely earned itself a spot on my favourites list for the year and I look forward to reading more from the author in future. Very highly recommended.
Years ago several bodies were discovered with their eyes removed were dubbed the Medusa killings and police never found the killer. Tuva learns of similarities between the murders and suspects the killer has struck again or it is the work of a copycat killer. Handmade trolls left on her doorstep and an incident with the creepy taxi driver are a few of the events leaving her with the impression she may be closer to discovering the murderer than she realizes.
Since the death of her father, Tuva has had an intense fear of the forest. Before the end, she will have to confront her fears before she faces the killer.
What a story rich with characters and in an almost bleak environment. Set in a strange village with unusual residents where the weather is cold and the forest dark and intimidating.
It took me a while before I realized the main character was female but that knowledge did not make a scrap of difference to my enjoyment.
I also didn’t realize trolls could be so gross or learn of the wealth of folktales surrounding them until reading this book. They certainly compliment the atmosphere created by the author and a stunning one it is! This is the sort of book, which draws you in and keeps you there until the nail biting end. Perfect for fans of Nordic fiction/mystery/thrillers.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a digital copy of this book via Netgalley. This was a definite five star read and thanks for the opportunity to provide a review.
It was very atmospheric , the grimness of the town of Gavrik where Tuva Moodyson has moved to, so that she can be closer to her mother who is dying, was so astute.
Tuva works for the local paper as a reporter and starts investigating the murder of a local in the nearby Utgard Forest....and then another murder occurs. These murders have the hallmark of similar murders that happened in the same area in the 90’s. Are they related or just copycat killings?
I did find the novel a little hard to get into at first, I think this was more to do with getting a handle on the type of person Tuva was and the unfamiliar sounding names. But once I got going I was very invested. The sense of time and place was great. I could feel the darkness and cold of the forest and Tuva’s fear of all the area (she hates nature)
Then there were the strange inhabitants of the village that sat on the edge of the forest. Strange and quirky is all I can say.
I really enjoyed this story and admired Tuva, suffice to say I will certainly pick up the next installment of the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a copy to read and review.
Top reviews from other countries
As the blurb tells us, Tuva Moodyson is a journalist trying to make a name for herself in the small Swedish town of Gavrik when a body is found shot dead in the forest. Not really a big thing considering it's hunting season and accidents happen, but the eyes … the man has had his eyes ripped out.
Tuva is then drawn into one of the most bizarre murders I’ve ever read.
As the investigation ramps up, Tuva realises that what she thought was a quiet and boring town actually holds some of the most unnerving and twisted secrets.
I adored this book, as I already mentioned, I had to stop listening to it when I was out walking the dog as it creeped me out too much. Tuva may be the main human character, but Dean has such a way with words that the forest came alive and my senses were on overdrive as I listened. I could feel myself being transported to this world he’d created, and it was magical, until the dead bodies appeared that is!
Tuva’s investigations lead her to a cold-case from the town, that of the Medusa Killer. Could this killer be the same person all these years later?
Dean has created a world that deserves to be shouted about, loudly!
Told from Tuva's point of view the whole way through, we are taken a journey with her that is relentless in the tension.
The narrator, Maya Lindh, was captivating and I hope she's going to be around in future books, I will forever hear her voice when I think of Tuva.
From the creepy troll makers, to the menacing forest, there’s nothing about Dark Pines that didn’t unsettle me. AND I LOVED IT!
Atmospheric, compelling, and absorbing, Dark Pines deserves ALL the attention it’s been getting and more! It is the perfect start to a new series, one that everyone should be involved with from the off.
I cannot wait to see what Dean has in store for us in Red Snow, the next book in the series, and have pre-ordered myself a hard-back already!
Set in a near isolated Swedish town it is a story of murder, of secrets, and of one woman's relentless determination to find the killer. Lead female is Tuva, a deaf reporter for the local newspaper. I loved her character, it really added an extra dimension with her being deaf. It was terrifying to think that she was so close to danger and might not even be able to hear it coming!!! It also reminded me of my grandad and his fabulous ability to lip read which always astounded me as a child.
The forest, the humongous, deep, creepy forest in which bodies are found, dead with their eyes scooped out, is probably what I loved most about the story. Will's writing is extremely detailed and I could picture it so vividly in my head that it really brought the book to life. I like being creeped out, and love the woods/forest so this was the perfect setting for me. As well as the creepy forest there is a whole host of wierd and wonderful characters in this book, I'm not going to say too much as would hate to ruin it for the reader. But...prepare to be shocked and repulsed. The characters are genius and definitely some of the freakiest I've come across!
Dark Pines is definitely one of the best books I've read so far this year. It captivated me, made me cringe, had me hooked and I seriously was gutted when it ended. Prepare to get nothing done once you've started as its a really addictive read and I couldn't put it down. Can't recommend this book enough, it's a definite must read!!