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Subject: Crime & Thriller

Dark Pines: ‘The tension is unrelenting, and I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’ – Val McDermid

Will Dean

Selected for ITV’s Zoe Ball Book Club and shortlisted for the Guardian‘s Not the Booker prize

Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

‘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

‘Atmospheric, creepy and tense. Loved the Twin Peaks vibe. Loved Tuva. More please!’ C.J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Peter Høeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, a brand new debut crime writer introduces a Scandi-noir Tuva Moodyson Mystery


Eyes missing, two bodies lie deep in the forest near a remote 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.

  • Publication date: June 14, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786073853
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: December 7, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786072498
  • RRP: £1.99
  • Pages: 304


'I LOVED Dark Pines. Loaded with atmosphere, brilliant on setting, and Tuva Moodyson just rocks. A fantastic debut.'

Mark Billingham, author of the Tom Thorne Novels

‘The tension is unrelenting, and I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’

Val McDermid, author of Splinter the Silence

'The best thriller I've read in ages.'

Marian Keyes, author of Anybody Out There

‘Memorably atmospheric, with a dogged and engaging protagonist, this is a compelling start to what promises to be an excellent series.’


'New author challenges the Scandi crime giants on their home soil with this strong contender set in wintry Swedish countryside.'

The Times and the Sunday Times Crime Club

‘Will Dean’s impressive debut shows that Nordic noir can be mastered by a Brit.’

The Times

'[Dark Pines] crackles along at a roaring pace... This is the first in a series, and Moodyson, whose deafness is handled sensitively by Dean, is a character whose progress is worth following.'

Observer Thriller of the Month

‘A refreshingly different approach to Nordic Noir with a soupcon of Twin Peaks.’

Sunday Express

‘[A] brilliantly written debut.’


‘A dark and gripping debut…an intriguing and distinctive addition to the Scandinavian Noir landscape…Dean is definitely an author to look out for in the future.’

Big Issue

‘A murder mystery and a compelling one…a gripping read that will have you guessing to the end.’

Press Association

‘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

Will Dean

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands. 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, won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2020. Will Dean lives in Sweden.

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