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Published: 20 October 2016
Reviewed: 11 October 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

My Thoughts & Review:

Dark Water sees the much anticipated third instalment of the DCI Erika Foster series.  I would thoroughly recommend reading the previous two books (The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker), but this can be read as a standalone, enough detail is given to understand previous cases and relationships mentioned in this book.

While working to recover vital evidence in a narcotics case, a shocking discovery is made in a disused quarry.  The skeleton of a child is a grim discovery, but when the remains are identified as a girl who went missing 26 years ago, Erika is determined to solve the cold case and bring justice for the family of little Jessica Collins.

Erika Foster is a fantastic character, the development over the three novels has been so carefully and cleverly done.  She’s come a long way from her cold and hostile beginnings in The Girl in the Ice, granted knowing the back story of this character helps immensely in understanding her.  Her hard earned reputation of solving the almost impossible cases proves how determined she is, how hard working she is and most of all stubborn she can be.
The appearance of Moss and Peterson was a welcome surprise, initially I had worried that they had been written out when I saw that Foster was no longer with the Murder Investigation Team in Lewisham.  But Bryndza knows how to keep his fans happy, after developing these characters more in The Night Stalker, especially Moss, it was nice to see a little more of Peterson.  The continuation of the friendship between Foster and Dr Strong was also great to see.

The layers of the plot are masterfully crafted, so many little tangents add up making this an utterly thrilling and addictive read.  There are so many secrets in this book, and the key to solving the case is unlocking them all.  As always, the reader is kept guessing as to “whodunnit”, Bryndza expertly leading the reader astray with red herrings and enticingly dangling clues.  The underlying menacing presence that tries to thwart the investigation really builds the tension, and makes the final quarter utterly addictive reading.

This is a book you really need to finish before bedtime, otherwise you will be up into the wee hours of the morning hooked!
Now I just need to catch my breath and patiently await the next book……..

You can buy a copy of Dark Water here.

About the Author:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series.

The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, is available to pre-order and will be released October 20th 2016.

Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 18 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza

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The Bitter Season

Author: Tami Hoag
Published: 10 March 2016
Reviewed: 18 March 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy supplied by Orion Publishing Group in return for an honest review

4 out of 5 Stars

 



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