Don’t you just love when a book series gets better and better with each book!? And I take nothing away from the first two books in this series (‘The Girl in the Ice’ and ‘The Night Stalker’), I highly recommend them both.
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.
One girl. One book. Eight hours. That’s all that was required to bring you this review of this fantastic one-sitting read!
Detective Erika Foster is back to solve possibly her toughest case yet. Now working in Bromley Police Station, Erika is paired with Detective Sergeant John McGorry working a drugs case .…*insert gasp here*…. I forgot she’s no longer working in Lewisham, does that mean Moss and Peterson are no more?… Fear not, my panicked readers, they return, we’ve just got some new additions to the team. Now as a reader if you’re picking up this book without reading books one and two, you may be wondering what I’m talking about, so I’ll answer the question on your mind before we proceed– can I read this book without reading book one and two first? In short, yes, the case is a standalone and has no links to the previous cases, it starts and ends in this book, however, to understand the character’s backstory completely and why many of us are rooting for a ‘Foster and Peterson romance’, I recommend you read books one and two (trust me, they’re great reads too!)
DCI Erika Foster is one of my favourite fictional detectives, if we gathered all fictional detectives together, Erika would stand tall in the realm of police procedurals; she’s strong, dedicated and determined! I love female leads who know their own mind, are tough and to the point but still very likable.
When the remains of 7 year old Jessica Collins are found, Erika fights to become lead detective on the case, she wants her team back, and requests Moss and Peterson assist her in solving this one.
Alongside this case, we are shown a bit more of Erika’s personal life, which I thoroughly enjoy reading about. It shows her as a real person and allows us to understand, why at times, she can be abrasive – but you know what – she’s here to solve crimes, not be your friend! (I’m joking, Erika is extremely likeable and I would so be her friend!)
Regarding the case itself, Bryndza has given us another well thought-out plot that is in equal measure both chilling and thrilling. To end on a cliché: clear your schedule before picking up this book as you won’t want to put it down!
*Thank you to the author (Robert Bryndza) and publisher (Bookouture) for granting me access to a digital copy of this book via Netgalley*
This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK