Dark Pines

Pages: 336
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Point Blank

Dark Pines

A Tuva Moodyson Mystery 1

Will Dean

Five villagers. Six hundred square kilometres of Swedish forest. One reporter. Two bodies...
9781786072535 (4 Jan 2018)
RRP £12.99

The Book

A Tuva Moodyson Mystery


Eyes missing, two bodies lie deep in the forest near a small Swedish town.


Tuva Moodyson, a deaf reporter on a small-time local paper, is looking for the story that could make her career.


A web of secrets. And an unsolved murder from twenty years ago.

Can Tuva outwit the killer before she becomes the final victim? She'd like to think so. But first she must face her demons and venture far into the deep, dark woods if she wants to stand any chance of getting the hell out of small-time Gavrik.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 336
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying Law at LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it's from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.


'A brilliant, gripping read! Beautifully written and atmospheric. Highly recommended.'

- Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing

‘Will Dean's atmospheric crime thriller marks him out as a talent to watch. Dark Pines is stylish, compelling and as chilling as a Swedish winter.'

- Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

‘I loved Dark Pines and highly recommend this gorgeous slice of Nordic noir.'

- Holly Seddon, author of Try Not To Breathe

‘Terrific thriller, vivid imagery and characters. My heart was pounding at the end - really great read!'

- Mary Torjussen, author of Gone Without A Trace

‘I think this is an astounding and confident debut. Superbly plotted and beautifully written. The characters jump from the page in perfect 3D. The tension builds exquisitely all the way through to the dramatic end. From the first page you know you're in the hands of a major new talent.'

- Imran Mahmood, author of You Don’t Know Me

‘Dark Pines is the kind of thriller I've been waiting to read for a long time. Claustrophobic, creepy and completely compelling, it feels both classic and fresh at once. I adore Tuva - a gorgeously drawn character I want to see more adventures with. I loved it!'

- Miranda Dickinson, author of Fairytale of New York

‘Haunting, immersive and beautifully written, I loved every page of Dark Pines. Will Dean is a major talent.'

- Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks

‘Atmospheric, creepy and tense. Loved the Twin Peaks vibe. Loved Tuva. More please!'

- C.J.Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

‘Ace! Tuva is a fascinating character in a sinister world. Highly recommended.'

- Adam Hamdy, author of Pendulum

‘Intended on an early night but couldn't put #DarkPines down. Hurrah @willrdean - smart, modern writing, atmospheric, cracking plot, loved it.'

- Holly Cave, author of The Memory Chamber

‘Claustrophobically atmospheric and spine-tingly tense, Dark Pines kept me enthralled to the very last page. A stunning debut from a major new talent.'

- Steph Broadribb, author of Deep Down Dead

‘Bravo! I was so completely immersed in Dark Pines and Tuva is a brilliant protagonist. This HAS to be a TV series!'

- Nina Pottell, books editor for Prima Magazine

Dark Pines, with its abundant atmosphere and compelling protagonist, is a taut, gripping debut.'

- Kate Mayfield, author of The Parentations

'A remarkably assured debut, Dark Pines is in turn, tense, gripping and breathtaking, and marks out Will Dean as a true talent. Definitely one to watch.'

- Abir Mukherjee, author of A Rising Man

‘It's incredible. Exceptionally well written, thought provoking and deeply unsettling. Bravo.'

- Rebecca Tinnelly, author of Never Go There

‘Loved this atmospheric book. A dark, tense, and vivid piece of Nordic noir. Bravo. Can't wait to read more of Tuva!'

- Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

‘I read Dark Pines last night. It's spectacular. The writing's classy, the character's full, the plot gripping. It will pull you in.'

- Hayley Webster, author of Jar Baby

‘Great work. Creepy cast, terrifying trolls, sinister setting… Those pines are dark!'

- S.R. Masters, author of The Killer You Know

‘Compulsive Scandi Noir! Highly recommended.'

- Syd Moore, author of Strange Magic

‘Beautiful, beautiful writing, totally immersive from the very first page with a main protagonist that you just fall in love with and an atmospheric, haunting sense of things that will linger for a long time. This is DEFINITELY one to watch…Highly HIGHLY recommended.'

- Liz Barnsley, book reviewer at Liz Loves Books

'This is going to be a biggy! Great protagonist. *pre order alert*'

- Nina Pottell, writer for the Guardian, Prima and Waterstones