Friday, 5 February 2016

Book review: The Girl In The Ice - Robert Bryndza (DCI Erika Foster #1)


Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. 

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. 

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. 

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? 

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. 

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today – at a special launch price. 

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes. 


My opinion.
I must say I was more than just a little surprised when I found out Robert Bryndza's next novel would be a crime thriller. Colourful as Coco Pinchard and her adventures may be, they couldn't be more different than Erika Foster's life. What didn't surprise me however, is that I enjoyed Robert's first thriller just as much as his previous books - maybe even more!
Erika Foster is a complex character and not always easy to relate to, so it took me a while to warm up to her. She's incredibly stubborn and very impulsive. Much to the frustration of those around her. I love a strong female character though and Erika turned out to be a brilliant one. There's definitely a lot more about her and her story than those details we learned in this book, which makes me all the more excited that she'll get at least one other starring role ;-) So we won't just be treated to at least one other crime thriller from Robert Bryndza, we get to see tough DCI Foster again! Win-Win!
The Girl In The Ice is a great crime mystery with lots of shady characters and full of twists and turns. Robert really takes his time and the progression of the investigation feels natural - however excited you may be as a reader to solve the case and rush things along. A few times we get a glimpse of the killer when Robert switches to the killer's perspective. Not only does this make him feel more dangerous, it also heightens the tension and trepidation.
I really enjoyed reading The Girl In The Ice and I can't wait for more crime thrillers by Robert Bryndza!


 





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