Book Review: Wolf Pack by Will Dean


When there’s a pack on the hunt, nobody’s safe…
After the traumatic events of the past year, Tuva is back as deputy editor reporting for the Gavrik Posten, but her world will never be the same.
A closed community
Rose Farm is home to a group of survivalists, heavily armed and completely cut off from the outside world.
A missing person
A young woman, Elsa Nyberg, goes missing within the perimeter of the farm compound. Can Tuva talk her way inside the tight-knit group to find her?
A frantic search
As Tuva attempts to unmask the culprit, she gains unique access to the residents. But soon she herself is in danger of the pack turning against her. Can she make her way back to safety and expose the truth?
Will Dean’s most heart-pounding Tuva Moodyson thriller yet takes Tuva to her limits, both professionally and in her personal life. Can she, and will she, make the right choice?
Will Dean will be appearing at Capital Crime Festival, London on
Saturday 1 October and is available for interview.

#WolfPack #TeamTuva @PointBlankCrime

About The Author

WILL DEAN lives in the middle of a vast elk forest in Sweden, where the Tuva Moodyson novels are set. He grew up in the East Midlands. After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden and built a wooden house in a boggy clearing, where he lives with his wife and son, and it’s from this base that he reads and writes. Will Dean is the author of Dark Pines, Red Snow, Black River and Bad Apples in the Tuva Moodyson series. His debut novel in the series, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club and shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize. The second, Red Snow, won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020, as was his third novel, Black River. The series is in development for television. Will is also the author of two stand-alone novels, The Last Thing to Burn, shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2022, and First Born, both published by Hodder. Will Dean posts regularly about reading and writing on YouTube and you can find him on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram.

My Thoughts

Firstly, a huge thanks, as always, to the lovely Anne Cater over at Random Things Tours and the author for sending me a copy of the book with a request for an honest review.

My first introduction to Will Dean was from reading the masterful The Last Thing To Burn which I read in one nail-biting sitting. I’d heard so many brilliant things about the Tuva Moodyson series so I had to get on this blog tour. To prepare, I have binge read the 4 previous books in the series and they were all 4-5* reads for me so I had high hopes for Wolf Pack

It did not disappoint. Will Dean is an absolute master at creating suspense and I really feel like I’ve been immersed in the distinctive Gavrik and Visberg community which is by no means a jolly place to live with its peculiar residents, small town claustrophobia and re-occuring murders! I love that so many of the chapters end on a cliff hanger so I cannot help but go “one more chapter”. It’s an immensely addictive series. Although the action of Wolf Pack can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend the whole series, especially as there is a clanger of a spoiler for the end of Bad Apples from the offset and I wouldn’t want that to spoil the suspense for you.

The star of Wolf Pack, an indeed the rest of the series, is journalist Tuva Moodyson, a deaf and lesbian reporter for the small town paper, the Gavrik Posten. She is incredibly brave, unrelenting in her search for the truth but also a troubled woman who I absolutely adore. What I really admire about the series, as is something that as a hearing person I have never considered, is how people treat Tuva when they find out she is deaf – from surprise, to shouting, to denying she is “really deaf”. Although I cannot comment on if this is an accurate representation of what it means to be death (although from the acknowledgements, the author has done his research), I think that it offers a fresh perspective and important representation, without being tokenistic.

The action takes place around a closed-off survivalist community on Rose Farm where a young woman who worked there is found dead. In each of the books in the series, we get to know some of the more eccentric residents of Gavrik and the surrounding area and this is no exception. Each character is fully fleshed and interesting and I was on tenter hooks to find out who was the culprit.

This is not cosy crime – it’s very much in the noir genre and I did find some scenes quite unsettling (the “casket” springs to mind). I’ve found this in the other books too and it really does keep me on my toes!

If you like crime, you’ve got to read the Tuva Moodyson series! Wolf Pack is a brilliant instalment to what may have become one of my favourite crime series of all time.

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