Thursday 18 February 2016

The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza

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 Abbot and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today. Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster. She's fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

What did I think?

This was brilliant; it's a proper edge of your seat ride and as the end approached, I read way beyond my bedtime as I couldn't possibly have gone to sleep without finishing the book.

I loved Erika Foster; she's lost everything so she has nothing left to lose.  She throws herself into the Girl in the Ice case, putting herself in danger as she vows to crack the case at any cost.  Although Erika comes across as a tough nut, she's recently suffered a personal tragedy and she is slightly fragile underneath her hardened exterior.  This gives her the perfect creme egg mix of hard on the outside and soft on the inside.

With such a fast pace, I found myself having to stop my eyes from reading too fast as my eyes swept over each page gathering clues to the killer's identity.  I really didn't guess who the perpetrator was as Robert Bryndza cleverly drew my interest in other directions and I was suspicious of all the wrong people.

As Erika starts to look into other cold cases (no pun intended) and gets closer to revealing the killer, I was on tenterhooks as the killer turned their attention on to Erika.  I have no doubt that this is going to be a fantastic series and I will be standing in line when the next Erica Foster book comes out.

The Girl in the Ice is a fast paced, chilling thriller with a tough and extremely likeable heroine.

I received this e-book from the publisher, Bookouture, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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