Red Snow

Tuva is due to start a new job in a couple of weeks, and is looking forward to moving south where she imagines life will be more interesting (and warmer). But the best laid plans…

Red Snow is the sequel to Dark Pines – the second book by Will Dean to feature journalist Tuva Moodyson – and you really need to read them in order to understand why Tuva responds the way she does, especially regarding the characters that live on the edge of the forest.     

Superb writing and vivid descriptions emphasize the claustrophobic isolation of life in this small Swedish town in the middle of winter; the repetitive descriptions drive home the relentlessness of the cold and dark winter months (so realistic I had to wrap myself in a blanket while reading).  

Although I found her slightly irritating, Will Dean does a good job of getting inside Tuva’s head and making her come alive on the page. The town of Gavrik seems to be populated by a lot of really weird and creepy characters; the descriptions of David Holmquist’s unusual cooking actually made me feel ill!   

With Tuva due to leave, and the ‘Ferryman’ still at large, the ending comes as a shock; with so many possibilities I had no idea who the killer was. I will read Dark Pines next to fill in Tuva’s missing back-story, and look forward to reading her next adventure.

Thanks to Tripfiction for a copy of Red Snow in exchange for an honest review.