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Red Snow: A Tuva Moodyson Mystery
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Red Snow is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dark Pines, selected for ITV's Zoe Ball Book Club TWO BODIES One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who's really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik? TWO COINS Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man's eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition. TWO WEEKS 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?



Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 10/01/2019 ISBN-13: 9781786074799  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it's from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. He is the author of Dark Pines.

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Having very recently read the first in the deaf investigative reporter Tuva Moodyson series "Dark Pines" and having a few issues with her, the main character, I wasn't sure whether this book the follow up to it, "Red Snow" would be the one that would change my opinion of her. Although I did enjoy the story line much more in "Red Snow" and wanted to see it through to the end, I still found her very difficult to endear to and found her to be a moaning, dull and boring character that hadn't changed from her last outing. The dark, bleak, dreary and icy cold Swedish weather did nothing to encourage me to visit the country and the over descriptions and details of the small rural town of Gavrik and surrounding forests filled with oddball and unlikeable characters did not compliment the atmospheric feel of the novel for me at all. Constant putting clothes on and taking them off, scraping windscreens and dry and chapped weather beaten skin did become tedious after the first few mentions. There was one character however that I did take to and that was elderly Cici Grimberg, her eccentricity and attitude was fun to read. I certainly don't want to give the impression that I have a problem with Will Dean's writing because that's far from the truth. He obviously writes with first hand experience of living in long, dark and freezing cold Swedish winters and he's put an obvious amount of passion and effort into a series that I know is going down really well with readers. I suspect this will be just as much a hit as "Dark Pines". I myself, just haven't clicked with Tuva and should the series have had a more endearing main protagonist I would have enjoyed so much more. To die hard crime readers who enjoy slow, unappealing character driven novels not necessarily set in cosy conditions will probably enjoy this series, I wouldn't say don't read - follow Tuva for yourself and hopefully you'll like her a lot more than I did. 3.5 stars for the storyline which did keep my interest.

- 07/01/2019
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One of the absolute highlights of my month was getting to advance read Red Snow by Will Dean which is the second book in his Tuva Moodyson series. From the minute he announced there was a second book coming I was DYING to get my hands on it, because his first book, Dark Pines, was a book that just smacked me in the head with instant love. Will’s writing and storytelling style just click for me as a reader. I can’t explain in, it’s just book magic. I actively forced myself not to rush through this one (although I didn’t want to put it down) and in turn in lived up to and exceeded my every expectation. Another unique and bizarre mystery, channeling the brutal freeze of a Swedish forest winter, and even more wildly eccentric, creepy characters. It was sinister, atmospheric, chilling and exactly what I had hoped for. Red Snow picks up shortly after the events of Dark Pines - Tuva is finally on her way out of town for a better job in a bigger city, she just has to wrap up the last week in her current gig. But nothing is ever simple for Tuva, and suddenly she has not one, but two dead bodies on her hands - one that appears to be suicide and one that is decidedly not. Yet again, Will has managed to create this insanely intense atmosphere that jumps off the pages and sucks you right in - I could actively understand the type of cold Tuva was talking about (and not just because I’m Canadian and that’s a pretty mild winter for us….). I could actively smell and taste the food (although in the case of David’s cooking, this wasn’t necessarily a win - I’m with Tuva on passing on his strange concoctions). And best of all, I felt like I could know the characters that make up the center of this story, Will can make a character come to life with his vivid descriptions. Speaking of characters, I was thrilled to see the return of a few fan favorites from Dark Pines, specifically the wood carving sisters. I was even more excited to be introduced into a whole new group of eccentric, bizarre, complex, broken and hilarious characters this time around. Just when I think nothing could surprise me, Will somehow manages to make his characters more nuts in the most endearing way. I also loved a second round with Tuva, it was fun to get to know her as a character on an even deeper level. Tuva is a complicated and flawed character from the word go, which of course is my very favorite kind, and watching her wrestle with leaving a town she has, against all odds, grown fond of made her all the more relatable. I don’t know that I would ever get tired of reading stories of where Tuva heads next - mostly because shes is always attracting the weirdos. This gem isn’t out until January 2019, but the verdict is in: it’s worth the impatient waiting.

- 17/10/2018
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I read this as a proof (borrowed from my bookseller sister). She has been raving about this, and about the prequel, Dark Pines. I thought Red Snow was simply fantastic. I finished reading it yesterday and I'm still chilly from the experience. Tuva Moodyson is a brilliant protagonist and I've already bought a copy of Dark Pines. I wonder if I lost anything reading them out of order? Time will tell. Red Snow felt to me like a one-off rather than part of a series. I can't really do this book justice. The way the author creates a freezing, hostile, small-town vibe is masterful. I was a little worried as it's a man writing a female lead but I needn't have worried. I'm not deaf so I can't comment as to that aspect but Tuva Moodyson felt authentic to me. The other characters, the Grinberg ladies for example, were interesting. Tuva is refreshingly complex, layered, realistic, no-nonsense and fragile. I 'felt' this book. What I mean by that is the narrative engaged all my senses. I could smell the licorice and I could feel the frost in the air. I read the book in 2 1|2 days and I was left wanting more. Thank goodness I have Dark Pines to keep me going. A fabulous, well-written thriller I will never forget. FIVE STARS.

- 08/10/2018
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