Mini Review: Dark Pines by Will Dean

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.

Big dark forests are creepy enough to begin with but when bodies start turning up that’s when things get scary. Whats more scary is finding out this happened before and that the person responsible was never caught!

“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 really enjoyed Dark Pines, it is very atmospheric and you almost feel claustrophobic at the thoughts of being surrounded by all of those trees, darkness closing in on you with hunters all around. All killers but who is killing the other hunters?

I loved Tuva she is my favourite kind of character, stubborn to the end and a real Jessica Fletcher. Tuva is going to find out who is responsible and no one is going to stop her! That is until she lands herself in hot water and suddenly realises just how much trouble she’s in.

A highly enjoyable read, very much looking forward to sharing my review of the next Tuva book Red Snow.

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