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Dark Pines

By: Will Dean
Narrated by: Maya Lindh
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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An isolated Swedish town. A deaf reporter terrified of nature. A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.

It's week one of the Swedish elk hunt, and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career, she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together.

Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings 20 years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

©2018 Will Dean (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Kathryn
  • 29-08-2018

Blown Away

The first thing that struck me was the performance of the narrator Mars Lindh. Her accent and cadence was beautiful, even lyrical. The second thing that struck me was the fact that the book was written in the first person. That and the short, incredibly detailed sentences. My whole attention was captured immediately and then as the story began to unfold I had to keep in listening because I simply had to know what happened next. Excellent all round. I hope to see more from both the author and narrator.

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 02-01-2019

extremely addictive.

Written in a first person narrative in real time as events occur. This means that you only learn of events when the main character does. I don't know if it's because it is set in Sweden that it reminds me of dragon tattoo. Anyhow to the story there is no cut and thrust, or massive twist / blind side events. The whole thing relies on the shear quality of the writing and the prose. This it does with exceptional consistency. I devoured this book with whisper sync so had the pleasure of both reading and listening, I have to say that in both formats this is an addictive delight. The way the words just flow is superb. The characters are really well developed drawing you in. The book is narrated by a Swedish actress in English this really adds to the effect of being 1st person written as if a diary. Just an fantastic piece of work and a cannot wait for the next book.

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  • Katherine
  • 21-10-2018

Good, but dragged out

It takes a little while to get into the story, but the scenery and descriptions are beautiful. I feel that could’ve been a few hours shorter, but still I found a compulsive listen.

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  • girl
  • 02-03-2019

Beautifully read

Very atmospheric thriller, exquisitely read with a cadence and lyricism that adds to the interesting story. You can almost smell the forest!

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  • Simon4
  • 20-12-2018

Very good indeed

Well written and beautifully performed. I think most people will guess “whodunnit” and in that respect I think the ending could have been more exciting had the narrative broken from the first person to confirm the murderer’s identity to the reader and had us rooting for the hero as the book reaches its climax. But this is a minor niggle (and personal opinion) about a book that was a brilliant travelling companion on a long journey.

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  • Elaine
  • 13-12-2018

Narrator very poor

The narration was almost a monotone. Due to this I just couldn't listen to the story for more than a few minuy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2019

well worth it

narrator is amazing, beautiful voice and I hope to hear more from her. great story.

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  • DocNic
  • 31-07-2019

Very noir Nordic Noir

This is Nordic Noir with an emphasis on the Noir - not for the squeamish but a gripping thriller with a highly original heroine who happens to be deaf.

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  • JulieB
  • 22-07-2019

Promising new series

Being a fan of Scandi Noir on television I decided to give this novel a go, so glad I did.
I found the quiet, lyrical voice of the narrator perfectly suited the story and drew me in completely. The fact that Tuva is deaf could have felt contrived but I found the author handled this well and it added another interesting dimension.

I will definitely look for more by this author.

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  • Sasperella
  • 13-07-2019

Great story, not so great narration.

The story was good and had me gripped, but I did find the narration pretty tough going at times. It was often monotone and was difficult to distinguish if the narrator was reading the story or talking as a character. However it hasn't put me off and I'm looking forward to listening to "Red Snow" and seeing where Tuva ends up next.