Dark Pines (Will Dean)

January 16, 2018

4/5 Stars


Scandi-thriller with some good characters.

I'm not adverse to the occasional bleak Scandinavian murder novel, though in all honesty, I do feel they are becoming a little formulaic. However, this one had enough 'new' elements to keep me reading on.


Tuva is a deaf young woman, who has returned to a remote part of Sweden to be nearer to her dying mother. Working for the local paper, she's suddenly pulled into a full-blown murder case as 'Medusa' (a killer with a penchant for removing people's eyes) re-emerges.

There are some genuinely gripping moments and the characters are wonderfully realised (loved the Troll-making ladies)! I also loved that the main character was deaf - nice to see, and added an interesting twist to many of the scenarios, where you'd traditionally rely on sound. And the environment - brilliantly depicted, I could really imagine it.

I struggled a little with the first-person present narrative; there was a lot of repetition of sentences starting with 'I', which felt a bit like a long list at times. Likewise, it was slightly formulaic - I'd have loved it to bust out of the expected conventions of this saturated genre a little more.

But overall, a good read; definitely for you if you're into bleak murder stories!


I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

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