Black River

Pages: 384
Imprint: Point Blank

Black River

Will Dean

Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.
9781786077110 (12 Mar 2020)
RRP £14.99

The Book

Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.


Tuva's been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim is missing.


Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy's life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?


Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?

Additional Information

Pages 384
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying Law at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden where he built a 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. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball's Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. The second Tuva Moodyson mystery, Red Snow, was published in January 2019 and won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards, 2019.


'Just finished Will Dean's Black River. Splendid to catch up with Tuva Moodyson and that very special world... Such a BRILLIANT central character...great on women's friendships.'

- Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland Island series and the Vera Stanhope novels

'Once again, I LOVED it!!! Do yourself a favour and read the first two books in the series.'

- Marian Keyes, author of The Break

'Tuva Moodyson is back in the Swedish town of Gavrik at the height of Midsomar celebrations on the hunt for her missing best friend Tammy, but summer in Gavrik is just as dangerous as winter and in this compelling, intriguing, brilliantly written thriller, the relentless pace drives you forward until you are hanging on to the pages by your fingertips, afraid to go on, but terrified to put it down. Another masterpiece from Mr Dean.'

- Liz Nugent, author of Skin Deep

'Devouring Will Dean's Black River, possibly my favourite of his Tuva Moodyson mysteries. Certainly one of the best series of recent years - the perfect blend of pace, plot & atmosphere.' 

- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars

'My favourite Tuva novel yet...atmospheric and chilling.'

- Jane Casey, author of Cruel Acts

'Well, this was another absolute cracker. Thank you Will Dean for letting me spend some more time with one of my favourite crime fiction characters - Tuva Moodyson. Atmospheric, creepy and utterly gripping.'

- Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door

'Black River what can I say? Will Dean raises the bar yet again. Suspenseful, distinctive, each page crackles with menace. Everything you could want in a thriller.'

- Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks

'Absolutely love the Tuva Moodyson crime series and Black River doesn't disappoint... Knocked it out of the park.'

- Sam Baker, author of The Woman Who Ran

'Terrifically tense, Black River is Tuva's most intense story yet. Loved it.'

- Alice Clark-Platts, author of The Flower Girls

'Black River is an incredible read! Be ready for March 2020 people, Tuva is back with a bang'

- Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

'Best Tuva yet! And I've loved them all.'

- Jane Fallon, author of Tell Me a Secret

'I can't believe how Will Dean keeps getting better and better! ONCE AGAIN I thought I was soooo smart and knew what was going on and ONCE AGAIN I did not! I loved this one *so* much, loved all the new characters and places. And it's so PACY! A dream.'

- Bethany Rutter, author of No Big Deal

'Dean just gets better and better and this chilling, gripping story features one of the best crime fiction leads of the last decade.'

- The Bookbag

'Just brilliant. Tense, atmospheric, original with a lead character who's not like any other.'

- Hayley Webster, author of Jar Baby

‘Dean effectively re-creates the frustration and discomfort of high summer in the forested hills… [Tuva Moodyson] is becoming more credible with each novel in the series and Dean brings a refreshingly different voice and setting to the subgenre of ‘femjep' crime writing.'

- Literary Review

'Finished this BRILLIANT read last night… Will Dean's Black River is tense, searingly emotive and visceral, and I absolutely loved it. Thrilled to have Tuva back!'

- Karen Sullivan, publisher at Orenda Books

‘Dean has created an electric and relatable character who has been through the tragedy of losing both her parents but comes back stronger and more resilient time and time again… The writing successfully created a claustrophobic feel… an all-round successful creep-fest… if you're an old faithful fan or a new reader of Will Dean, Black River will have you hooked.'   

- Daily Record

'A closed community with a deadly sense of loyalty. This book will give you the shivers...this is a fine, fine read.'

- The Booktrail

Praise for the Tuva Moodyson Mysteries:

'Tuva is a wonderful creation and Dean's series is not to be missed'

Daily Express

'[Will Dean] has the potential to be one of the significant voices of his generation' 

Shots Magazine

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