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Black River

(Tuva Moodyson Mystery #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.


Tuvas been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing.


Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammys life. Who has taken her, and
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 12th 2020 by Point Blank
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Will Dean returns us to the creep-fest that is the remote Swedish town of Gavrik with his intriguing protagonist, the deaf reporter Tuva Moodyson, this time she races against time to find her missing best friend, Tammy Yamnim, practically a sister to her. It begins with Tuva working in Malmo on the Sundhumn Enquirer, doing all that she can to impress her new editor, Anders. She has been living a clean life, no drink, but what with refusing all social invitations, she is lonely, filling her time ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If ever I dreamt of moving to a small village near a big forest in Sweden, Black River would seriously make me reconsider that.

Four months ago, Tuva Moodyson left Gavrik and moved down south. But now, her best friend Tammy has gone missing and Tuva races back to Gavrik, fearing for Tammys life. Who has taken her and why? Where is she? When another woman goes missing, the small police force of Gavrik finds itself spread too thin. But if there is one thing weve learned about Tuva, its that shes
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I tried to hold on and read this after Xmas but who was I kidding? Could I stay away from Gavrik? Not at all and I was so happy to be back.

This isn't a full review. Not even close. Just enough to say put it on your wish list, buy it, devour it.

The setting is stunning - Gavrik yet but a new part that we haven't seen before - Snake River and the business that goes on there. A forest so vast and unfriendly that you can feel every branch of the tree scratching
Laura Rash
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As always, Will Dean creates a very atmospheric book that just draws you in from beginning to end. Tuva fascinates me and I love the other recurring characters. This is dark and creepy and I loved reading it in the dark and looking out at my woods and feeling like I was in the story. Thanks to the author and publisher for this early copy for review:)
Louise Beech
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm excited to be the FIRST to review this extraordinary book here on Goodreads. And to be able to give it a glowing, wow, devoured-it-in-days FIVE stars. What a finale to the trilogy! (Suddenly now thinking, maybe there will be more, so maybe not a trilogy...) My favourite of the three, without a doubt. Dean's writing is on form here. The final few chapters, I couldn't breathe. This will be every bit as successful as the first two. I can't recommend it enough.
Jan 27, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-ipad
*** Currently reading. Not a review yet ***

Tuva is much more vulnerable and distraught here, and dispossessed as she's only back in town to search.

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Tuva's new Toyota Hilux
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Quotes and notes:

Theres a strawberry stall in the lay-by outside McDonalds. Two girls who cant be older than fifteen wearing cotton dresses and bored faces, two girls sitting on fold-up camp chairs behind a fold-up decorators table, two girls selling overpriced Swedish strawberries to
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Black River is the third book to feature reporter Tuva. Whilst you could read it as a stand alone, I do think readers would get more out of it if they have read previous books in the series.

I was quite sad to see Tuva leave Gavrik and her friends, so was intrigued as to what the author would bring us in his latest novel. Whilst I was glad that the story is set back in Gavrik, I wish it had been on better terms. Tuvas fears for her good friend, whilst I was fearing for Tuva. She always manages to
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
This is a gripping, intense thriller set in a small, remote Swedish community of Gavrik which is surrounded by dense, dark forests. It is the third book in the series featuring the relentless, courageous deaf reporter, Tuva Moodyson. The atmosphere is eerie, intense and suspenseful.

The author draws us into the setting with his vivid description of the town where most inhabitants are related and everyone is acquainted with the other town folks. It is mid-summer and the light during
Rowena Hoseason
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This third venture into the depth of the northern Swedish forest doesnt quite live up to my (possibly unreasonably high) expectations. But thats not to say this is a bad book, far from it.

The writing is as excellent as ever and the scenario initially engaging. Tuva is a natural investigator and shes more than motivated to follow her suspicions into dangerous territory. Shes convinced that something horrific is happening to her friend possibly amid the swampsnakes and trailer trash.

This story is
Jay Dwight
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the Tuva character and great to have her back on the pages.

Tuva has moved to Malmo, but news of her best friend Tammy's disappearance leads her to race back to Gavrik in order to join the search for her. We have a change of season from the first two books of this series, and summer brings mosquitoes, ticks, wasps, bees, midges... and snakes!

Another totally addictive read and I'll be surprised if you can pick where this story leads.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crime thriller set in rural SWEDEN

Black River is the third book in Will Deans Tuva Moodyson / Gavrik crime thriller series. I had very much enjoyed the first two Dark Pines and Red Snow and was looking forward to the third. I was in no way disappointed.

Tuva (the deaf reporter on the local paper) had moved to Southern Sweden at the end of Red Snow, but she returns to Gavrik in the middle of the country at the beginning of Black River when her best friend from Gavrik, Tammy, goes missing. The
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher.

Compelling, tense, and twisted in its very own special way, makes BLACK RIVER by Will Dean one of the best books I have read this year.

Tuva is back in Gavrik but not because she wants to be. She was trying to get her life in order in a new place, with a new job and giving up alcohol. But she had to come back because her best friend, Tammy, has gone missing and nobody appears to be taking it seriously. But when another woman disappears, the
Susan Hampson
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This is the third book in the Tuva Moodyson series as she is again pulled back to Gavrik when she hears that her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing. The place doesnt have good memories for her but the loyalty she has to her friend make her overcome her fears. The sweltering heat and holiday season work against Tuva as the investigation seems to be quite low key with little urgency about it until a second young woman disappears. A young woman with celebrity status and a family with money ...more
Jude Wright
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well Ive just finished the latest instalment of Tuva Moodyson and the residents of Garvik. It was a welcome distraction from Storm Dennis!

This is the third in the series by the wonderfully talented Will Dean and I tried really hard to read it slowly as I just did not want it to end!

I dont like putting spoilers in my reviews so will try not too. In Black River Tuva returns to Garvik as 2 women go missing, as usual the descriptions of the residents of this small Swedish Kommune are wonderfully
Lel Budge
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is #4 in the series featuring journalist Tuva Moodyson. It can be read as a stand-alone but you are missing out on a great series.

Tuva has moved away from Garrick, stopped drinking, has a new job and a fresh start. But when she hears her friend, Tammy, has gone missing she races back.

Its the height of Midsommar and in the middle of a heatwave too.

Exhausted, Tuva starts her investigation with the help of Lena and Thord, but then another woman, Lisa, goes missing. Can Tuva find her friend?

Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Its so good to be back with Tuva. We knew she couldnt leave that town really didnt we? I cant wait to see what lies ahead for this series and Tuva. Brilliantly written. Brilliant story. It had me hooked! A real page turner. The amount of times this book got my heart pounding is unbelievable.
In Black River things start to get personal when Tuvas best friend goes missing. Tuva is desperate to find her and wont stop until she does, even if that means putting herself in danger. In this story I saw
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a novel to luxuriate over. It should be fast paced, but the atmospheric prose kept meant it was one to take slow.
I had some wild speculations over who was guilty. I was mainly wrong. And the ending? 👌👌👌
Vix Standen
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Will Deans writing is a thing of such beauty that he makes even the most bleak, depressing thrillers seem deliciously tasty. Black River is no exception, and I cant wait for book 4 in the Tuva series. ...more
Marina Sofia
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just couldn't resist catching up with Tuva again - and this is a particularly chilling instalment, as Tuva's best friend is missing and there are some snakes involved (sorry, I cannot bear them, I was shuddering while reading).
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It will come as no surprise that this book ranked HIGH on the Holy Shit Scale of Book Recommendations. Not just high. 10 out of 5 stars high.

I have been one of Wills biggest fans from the early days of Dark Pines being quietly released into the world. I found Dark Pines (and Will) on book Twitter, where the book caught my interest and I figured I would just order a copy in from the UK and see what it was all about.

Cut to - we are on book three of the Tuva Moodyson series and this is now my
Karen Cole
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's so good to be back in the strange little town of Gavrik - although Tuva Moodyson wouldn't agree. At the end of the previous book, Red Snow she left, headed for a new job in the south but though she had no plans to return, one phone call changes all that.
Although Tuva always felt an outsider in Gavrik, she did have a small group of friends, most notably her best friend, Tammy. So when her former boss, Lena calls to say that Tammy is missing, she doesn't hesitate and immediately sets off on
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well. If you thought that moving to a big new job in Malmö was going to end Tuva's long and conflicted association with Gavrik. think again. Within minutes of the book starting our heroine finds herself drawn back into that strange Swedish town with a call she never, ever, wanted to take. Her best friend, Tammy, is missing and it is almost as if no-one cares. it is not until a second woman goes missing, an all white, all swedish woman, that people start to take note and the hunt for both Tammy ...more
What Do I Read Now
Mar 26, 2020 is currently reading it
Ah, Tuva, it's so good to have you back.

Tuva Moodyson, a journalist, is feisty and self-reliant. She's a one-woman force of nature and she's back on form again here in Black River.

Black River, the third installment in the Tuva Moodyson series. Sees Tuva back in Gavrik, Sweden. The town she left to start afresh, stop drinking and now she's back. The town is next to a thick canopied forest and its vast darkness sends a fear into Tuva, as Tammy Yamnim, her best friends missing. Its like trying to
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At the end of the last book we saw reporter Tuva leave Gavrik to work in Malmo. At the scene of a burned car she gets a call from her ex-boss Lena telling her that her best friend Tammy has gone missing and that the Police aren't really too interested. Obviously she feels she has to do something so she abandons her new job and rushes back to Gavrik. The fact that she wasn't really settled in Malmo helps that decision. Anyone who has read the first two books, and I do recommend that you do, will ...more
Gordon Mcghie
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Black River brings another very welcome return for journalist Tuva Moodyson. Tuva has appeared twice before but if you havent had a chance to read any of Will Deans previous books (both highly recommended) the good news is that Black River works great as a stand alone title.

Returning readers will be delighted to learn that Tuva has achieved career progression and moved South, away from Gavrik and its deep, dark forests to take up a new role. However, Tuva receives a call to advise all is not
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-i-ddarllen
Black River by Will Dean is the third book featuring deaf reporter Tuva Moodyson. At the beginning of the story Tuva returns to Gavrik after finding out that her best friend Tammy is missing. She is disappointed that the local police and the people in the community arent doing more to find her so makes it her mission to investigate and find Tammy herself. It is only when a second woman goes missing that the search is amplified, and what follows is a race against time to find the two missing ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Tammy Yamnim disappears, the reporter Tuva Moodyson doesnt doubt to leave everything and return to Gavrik till she finds her. Because she is her best friend and she cant stay without doing as much as she can to find Tammy, her best friend, the only problem is even if the police is trying to find her, not everyone is eager to help. Which secrets and lies are hidden in this small village? Why someone would kidnap a young woman? Is she still alive? So many questions! Yes, youll have to read ...more
Joanne Robertson
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you havent started this series already thenWHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN? This is Tuva Moodysons third outing and its just as good as the last two if not BETTER! Tuva is an intriguing character who really comes alive in these books as does the Swedish countryside she lives in. But Midsommar brings its own madness and when Tuva hears that her best friend Tammy has gone missing, she drives back to Gavrik as quickly as she can. As youll remember from Red Snow, Tuva has been self isolating in the ...more
Paul Gormley
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd instalment in this series. Tuva is a great character, determined/stubborn and fiercely loyal to her friends. On receiving news that her close friend Tammy has gone missing, Tuva abandons her new job in Malmo and heads for Gavrik to lead the search for her friend.

Previous books have introduced us to some weird and perverted local characters and this group is extended by a snake breeder, a pornographer and a foot fetishist! The geography becomes as much a part of the story as the various
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I adore the Tuva Moodyson series and this one (book three) is the best yet. We join reporter, Tuva four months on from leaving Gavrik, shes distanced herself from everything in Gavrik. Including her best friend, Tam. When Tuva gets a call that Tam is missing she jumps in her car and heads to Gavrik without a second thought.

Gavrik is just the same as when Tuva left, the same creepy characters, the same small mindedness and the same small police force who soon become overwhelmed when a second
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Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it's from this base that he ...more

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