Wednesday 12 April 2017

Release Day Review ~ Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by Robert Bryndza

Book Description:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case. 

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery. 

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist? 

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Her last evening. Her last breath.”

Oh, how I have missed DCI Erika Foster. Robert Bryndza delivers once again, a fast, action packed, gripping, suspense filled thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout and at the epi centre as ever is our tough as nails DCI, Erika Foster.

In Last Breath, Erika is struggling in her new role and the boredom is well and truly setting in, Erika is definitely not destined to do a desk job. When Peterson gets a call while Erika is with him about a body being found in a dumpster, once again, Erika’s nose begins to twitch and her inherent coppers instinct kicks in and it isn’t long before she has herself situated as the senior investigating officer.

The characters that we have come to know and love are ever present and Erika takes no time in re-assembling the team that she trusts. Robert Bryndza tackles the ever-present worry of social media in this book as the serial killer in Last Breath uses these tools to find and trap his victims. I certainly am dreading the time that my kids want a social media presence as you never know who is actually watching. This message was well done and expertly delivered without overpowering the story.

In Last Breath, the reader is given the identity of the killer very early on and Robert Bryndza gives the reader a front row seat into the investigation itself where Erika and her team are in the dark and are slowly unearthing clues piece by piece. This shifted the dynamic in this book and was actually well executed and as the suspense builds page by page the reader is swept along for the ride.

“They’d never know exactly what happened…in those seventeen minutes. It was as if she vanished into thin air.”

The pace of this book was perfect and I couldn’t put it down. Every word, every page had me captivated and on the edge of my seat. The building suspense and the constant worry that this would be “the one that got away” was ever present and as our clever and intuitive serial killer seemingly gets away with murder time and time again you are just waiting for mistakes to be made. Erika is like a pit bull though and with the bit firmly between her teeth and with her tenacity and perseverance the serial killer doesn’t stand a chance.

With office politics and the constant battles of senior management Erika has her work cut for her but I loved the fact that Erika’s character development in particular was really a focal point in this book. Erika’s emotions and her softer side are there for all to see and this was an extremely welcome addition as we finally get to see that Erika is made of skin and bone like the rest of us. Erika has always been a closed book, but with the few pages that she shared in this book I am hoping that this is the beginning of a few new chapters and Erika finally opens herself up to the possibility of more on a personal level.

“…you might have been handed your superior rank by brown nosing, but you have to earn authority.”

Once again Robert Bryndza delivered and I cannot wait for the next instalment. This is firmly becoming one of my favourite thriller series.

“So you nagged him to death?”

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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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Book Description:

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead… 

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. 

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. 

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer? 

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line. 

The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.

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Book Description:

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but 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. 

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

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