Hello and welcome to the final day of the Random Things Tour for Red Snow by Will Dean. I have a review for you below, but first I would like to take a closer look at the author. Many thanks to Anne Cater for including me on this tour and to the publishers and the author for providing me with an ARC of the book for review.
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.
Follow Will on Twitter @willrdean
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?
Tuva returns in the follow-up to Dark Pines (which I reviewed a while back) and what a return it is, I can promise you, even before I get into the review, that this is a book well worthy of your time.
First of all, let’s get the obvious question out-of-the-way… Do I need to have read Dark Pines? Simple answer, NO! This works incredibly well as a standalone. Sure, references are made to the story of book one, but there are minimal spoilers for it. So while I would urge you to read Dark Pines (it is great), you don’t have to have read it to enjoy Red Snow.
Now, on to business.
Red Snow continues Will Dean’s Tuva story. Tuva is a deaf journalist who just wants to ride out her last two weeks in “Toytown” before cutting and running for the big (well bigger) city. But fate has its own plans for Tuva, and it’s not long before she is embroiled in another mystery.
Not much has changed from Dark Pines but Gavrik does have a new police officer, and the interaction between the two throughout the story is excellent. Most of the other characters from Book 1 are still referred to here, but the new cast take centre stage here – mostly in the form of the Grimberg family who are responsible for almost all of the jobs in the area. Following the family and their employees through this story was very enjoyable.
There are many reasons why I have enjoyed both of the Tuva books. Sure I could bang on about the incredible characters, the quality of writing, the perfectly paced storyline and the ease of reading – all of which combine to a great read. But no – there are more important things at play. The story is set around a the Grimberg family, who own, and run a liquorice factory – and liquorice is my favourite snack. Instant love!
I mean, who doesn’t love liquorice? Right? (I know, lots of people, but whatever)
Aside from the awesome liquorice factory (OK I’ll stop now) there isn’t much else to do in Gavrik, unless hanging out in McDonald’s is something you would like to do (I used to work for McDonald’s so that automatically makes me a Burger King man) then there’s not much else. As such the story builds on how trapped Tuva continues to feel in this town, and that feeling seeps through the pages.
As for the mystery itself, I thought it was great. As previosuly mentioned, it is paced wonderfully, and I found it incredibly compelling. All in all, this is a great Scandi Noir – and this is a series that I will certainly be recommending to people. I will be eagerly awaiting more from Will Dean, whether it is in the form of another Tuva novel or not.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going online to find Swedish liquorice….
As today is the last day of the tour, I can’t ask you to continue to follow the tour, but I can ask you to go BACK and have a look at some of the other bloggers on the tour! Enjoy! 🙂