Thursday 24 November 2016

Review ~ The Girl in the Ice (DCI Erika Foster #1) by Robert Bryndza

Book Description:

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 Robert 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. 


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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“Behind every powerful man is a woman who knows how to push his buttons.”

The Girl in the Ice started a two-day reading binge of the three books that are currently published in this series, each book being a standalone story but with back story plot lines continuing through the three. I had always associated Robert Bryndza with Coco Pinchard the hilarious chick lit series that he penned four years ago, my first foray in this authors work, so I was kind of sideswiped when I realised that this author was one of the same. From Chick Lit to a Crime Thriller, talk about opposites!

Well, I have to say, I prefer his Crime to his Chick, this man has taken me on an unbelievable ride with these three books, they were literally like a tub of Pringles, once I popped I couldn’t stop and this unscheduled two day visit with DCI Erika Foster totally put my reading schedule in disarray.

DCI Erika Foster is one ballsy, kick ass detective, she is one of those old-fashioned detectives that uses their gut and goes with their hunches much to her superior’s dismay. Where their hands are tied by red tape, public figures and golden handshakes, Erika’s only motivation is the truth and no matter what it takes, she gets it.

Set in London, this book gives you glimpses into the problems and issues that the police force faces together with the cold hard truths regarding a murder investigation. The Girl in the Ice covers the investigation into the death of Andrea Douglas-Brown, the daughter of a prominent force in the world of politics, a darling socialite that seemingly had it all. At first glances, she was the perfect society princess but as the investigation starts is Andrea really as innocent as she seemed? Found under a layer of ice the investigation begins into her abduction and murder, with tenuous links to crime and possibly other murders DCI Erika Foster is thrown head first into her first investigation for the Metropolitan Police in London. New job, new city, new start, but Erika Foster’s past is never far from the forefront of her mind.

Robert Bryndza takes us on a journey with this investigation, the roller coaster ride of the investigation, the clues that are smattered throughout, the frustrations of red tape and people’s public images as well as the reputation of the Metropolitan Police itself. I loved Erika Fosters tenacity, her never give up attitude, her work ethic, just everything about her. A woman that has a point to prove and she makes it with bells and whistles on despite the consequences. She fights for her victims, she gives them a voice, she seeks their retribution and she delivers, no matter the risks. She may tread on a few toes, she may upset a few apple carts but she gets the job done, no matter how hard the truth is to swallow.

This was a fabulous introduction to DCI Erika Foster and her band of merry men and women, with a fantastic support cast this book introduces a wide variety of personalities all with their part to play. As I said above, I have read the next two published books in this series, The Night Stalker and Dark Water, both are just as fantastic as this one and the reviews for those will be coming over the next two days. I hope that this is just the beginning of a long running series. While Crime Thrillers may not be my first genre of choice, Robert Bryndza has made a new fan.

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