Bookouture (20 Oct. 2016)
The blurb . . .
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 . . .
OH MY GOD!
Just let me a take a moment while I catch my breath!
I LOVED IT! WHAT A BOOK! WHAT AN AUTHOR! WHAT A READ!
I will never again make the mistake of staring a Robert Bryndza book when I can’t finish it one sitting. This weekend has been a little hellish (sorry kids mummy does love you!) I started reading this last week and wasn’t in a position to read all at once and all I have found myself doing all weekend is thinking about it.
I imagine that this is what it feels like to be a police officer in the middle of a case. I was sat in the pub on Friday night wondering what role Laura and Oscar might have played? Washing up on Saturday afternoon trying to work out where Bob Jennings fit into things? Eating breakfast on Sunday wondering why had that person lied about that thing? What evidence had been gathered . . . What could that mean . . . How soon could I get back to my book?? It as rather distracting but in a blooming brilliant way.
Anyway, now I’ve finished it and I’m flipping breathless!
The brilliant DI Erika Foster is back and she’s back with a bang! Following the discovery of human remains, Erika takes on the role of SIO on a twenty-six year old missing persons case. Jessica Collins. Disappeared without a trace aged seven. The original investigation was a disaster and Erika is putting her career on the line by taking it on now. With very little evidence to go on, she must assemble a team to rake through the old case notes and find out who killed Jessica Collins.
The third instalment in this series, Dark Water works perfectly as a stand alone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two. But DO read them.
Bryndza pulls you into a murky world of secrets and lies, of fear and loathing, of love and hate. It is all consuming, there is no let up, every single page is relevant, every word important and every twist and turn is designed to make you gasp, to make your head spin and your heart beat out of your chest – and it works. Oh boy does it work!
It is easy for people to throw out the words “thriller”, “rollercoaster” and “gripping” but let me tell you know, Dark Water is the absolute epitome of all of these words and more (I just can’t think of any at the moment as my head is still spinning!)
This is an absolute must read, it really is, go and pre-order it now, here . . . hurry up!
Book the 20th October off work, cancel any plans you may have on that day and schedule in to spend the curled up with Erika and her team! Your mind WILL be blown!
Thank you so much to Robert and the team over at Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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 http://www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza
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