Will Dean

Will Dean lives with his wife and son in Sweden. He is British and while living and working in London, travelled to Sweden twice a week to build the woodland home where he now lives. Will’s first novel, Dark Pines, was published to huge critical acclaim in 2018. It was selected for the first Zoe Ball TV Book Club and WH Smith’s Fresh Talent, with TV rights optioned by Lionsgate Studios. Red Snow, the second book in the Tuva Moodyson series, was published in January 2019.

Northbank Talent Management represents book-to-screen rights for Will Dean. For book enquiries, please contact Blake Friedmann.


The Last Thing to Burn

Will Dean

He is her husband. She is his captive.

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .

Black River

Will Dean


Tuva’s 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 Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?


Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?

Red Snow

Will Dean

The eagerly-awaited sequel to Dark Pines

Two Bodies. One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

Two Coins. Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

Two Weeks. Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

‘Scandi noir meets Gormenghast. Just wonderful. Can’t get enough of Tuva Moodyson…’

— Mark Billingham, author of the Tom Thorne novels

Dark Pines

Will Dean

An isolated Swedish town. A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods. And an ambitious reporter out of her depth. Gavrik, Sweden: it’s the start of the elk hunt season and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. Tuva Moodyson, the town paper’s reporter, is young, deaf and ambitious. When she gets embroiled in the story that could make her career, she stumbles on a web of secrets and allegiances that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the 1990s ‘Medusa’ killings? Is someone following her? And why does the killer take the victims’ 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.

‘It crackles along at a roaring pace, as Dean piles on sinister locals, hideous troll figures and danger in the dripping wet forest, weaving elements of myth into the tale – at one point his intrepid reporter even ventures into the wood holding the end of a ball of string.’

— Guardian

‘The novel stands out for its heroine, Tuva Moodyson … whose deafness is handled sensitively by Dean … a character whose progress is worth following’

— Observer

‘A brilliant, gripping read! Beautifully written and atmospheric. Highly recommended.’

— Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Local Girl Missing

‘A haunting example of stylish storytelling … This is his first book and, on this evidence, it will not be his last … Dean never lets the tension drop’

— Daily Mail

‘New author challenges Scandi crime giants on their home soil’

— Sunday Times

‘This has to be made into a TV series’

— Prima

‘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, bestselling author of Rattle

‘I loved Dark Pines and highly recommend this gorgeous slice of Nordic noir.’

— Holly Seddon, bestselling author of Try Not To Breathe

‘Terrific thriller, vivid imagery and characters. My heart was pounding at the end – really great read!’

— Mary Torjussen, author of Gone Without A Trace

‘I couldn’t put it down.’

— Zoe Ball

‘It felt like I played chess with Will Dean.’

— Frank Skinner