Sunday, April 29, 2018

Rome's Chance by Joanna Wylde

Title: Rome's Chance 
Series: Reapers MC #6.6
Author:  Joanna Wylde 
Release Date: April 24, 2018 
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes a new story in her Reapers MC series… 

Rome McGuire knew he was in trouble the first time he saw her. 

She was sweet and pretty and just about perfect in every way. She was also too young and innocent for the Reapers Motorcycle Club. He did the right thing, and walked away. 

The second time, he couldn’t resist tasting her. 

Gorgeous and smart, fun and full of wonder, she jumped on his bike and would’ve followed him anywhere. Still, she deserved a shot at happiness somewhere bigger and better than a town like Hallies Falls. Walking away wasn’t so easy that time, but her family needed her and he had a job to do. 

When she came around a third time, he’d had enough. Randi Whittaker had been given two chances to escape, and now it was time for Rome to take his. 

This time, the only way Randi would be leaving Hallies Falls was on the back of Rome’s bike. 

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It has been a while since I read the last Reaper's book. It took me by surprise that Gage is the current president. I had forgotten it. For me, it was still Picnic.  Anyway, I was happy to be back in this MC world. I have missed it. 

Rome McGuire is an EMT but he's also part of the Reapers. He likes to ride and enjoys spending time with his brothers. They have been there for him and he will be there for them too, no matter what. As for his female company, he could have plenty but now that Randi is back in town, she's the only female he's interested in. He let her go once. Almost a decade later, he's ready to make her stay this time. 

Randi Whittaker is back in Hallies Falls for her high school reunion. She's also spending time with her two siblings and her mother. Her mother is unable to work any longer. She's disabled and Randi is worrying about the future of Lexi and Kayden. Randi's considering taking a job locally and helping her family out. She's also very attracted to Rome and walking away from him again could be the hardest thing she has to do.

I like both Rome and Randi. I could feel their desire for each other. They had a connection which began years ago (Reaper's Fire) until Randi's family moved away. This is their second chance to get it right. Of course, there are other things to consider, like her family, finding a job, dealing with Rome being part of an MC.  There were all valid reasons for Randi to worry. Rome was very understanding and he stole my heart right away. 

The one thing different in this novella is that there isn't much drama or conflict. I was expecting more trouble. 

For any fans of the Reapers series, you can't pass up Rome's Chance. It's short, fast-paced and engaging.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Title: Triptych 
Series: Will Trent #1
Author: Karin Slaughter 
Publisher: Delacorte Press

In the city of Atlanta, women are dying—at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways—someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open...

Triptych was so good! It had a great twist early on. One I did not see it coming.

The novel starts with the murder and rape of Aleesha Monroe, a prostitute at Grady Homes, one of Atlanta's projects. Detective Michael Ormewood is assigned the case and Leo Donnelly is another cop helping him with the investigation until a newcomer is pushed to his side. Special Agent Will Trent with the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) is designated to help Michael. Michael doesn't care for Will very much but he's forced to play nice after there's a question of other rape victims being attacked by the same perpetrator.
“I’m part of a special division of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation set up to aid local law enforcement around the state in apprehending violent criminals. My role here is purely advisory.”
Besides Michael and Will, two other characters are quite important.

The first one is Angie Polaski. She is a vice detective who's good at her job but the complete opposite in regards to her personal life. During her undercover work, she meets John Shelley. A man who was in prison for twenty years and who has been recently released. John is trying to keep his nose clean from any wrongdoing. He doesn't want to go back to prison. He would rather die than go back in. 

And this is where the story becomes quite interesting and I'm afraid I can't divulge more without giving spoilers.

I was hooked after the introduction of Special Agent Will Trent with the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation). He sure made an impact in this novel. Will is very smart. He does his job well but he has a few big vulnerabilities which only made his character even more interesting to me. 

“You one weird motherfucker.”
Will's damaged goods but so is Angie. Angie reminds me a little bit of Lena but I'm hoping I won't hate her as much as I hated Lena in the Grant series. 

I was happy with the resolution of Triptych and I'm excited to learn more about Will in the next few books.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs 

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

Title: Our Little Secret 
Author: Roz Nay
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: April 17, 2018

Roz Nay's Our Little Secret is a twisted tale of love, pain, and revenge that will stay with the reader long after they turn the last page.

They say you never forget your first love. What they don't say though, is that sometimes your first love won't forget you...

A police interview room is the last place Angela expected to find herself today. It's been hours, and they keep asking her the same inane questions over and over. "How do you know the victim?" "What's your relationship with Mr. Parker?" Her ex's wife has gone missing, and anyone who was close to the couple is a suspect. Angela is tired of the bottomless questions and tired of the cold room that stays the same while a rotating litany of interrogators changes shifts around her. But when criminologist Novak takes over, she can tell he's not like the others. He's ready to listen, and she knows he'll understand. When she tells him that her story begins a decade before, long before Saskia was in the picture, he gives her the floor.

A twenty-something young professional, Angela claims to have no involvement. How could she? It's been years since she and H.P., Mr. Parker that is, were together. As her story unfolds, it deepens and darkens. There's a lot to unpack... betrayal, jealousy, and a group of people who all have motives for retribution. If Angela is telling the truth, then who's lying?

Despite Our Little Secret been a super easy read,  I thought it was missing something. Maybe more drama, maybe another voice. The book is told from Angela's perspective only and I think it would have help getting someone else's point of view here.

Our Little Secret is the story of Angela. A woman who at the beginning of the story is being interviewed by Detective Novak in regards to the disappearance of Saskia. As the tale unfolds we learn who Saskia is, how she came into Angela's life and what she took from her.

From Angela's voice, we learn she only had one good friend while growing up. His name is H.P. He became her defender and her person. Despite H.P. dating numerous girls, Angela was always there for him and vice-versa. At some point, they became more than friends but then Angela leaves for Oxford and things get complicated. What develops is a story full of jealousy, obsession, and revenge leaving nothing but questions behind. 

Is Angela protecting someone or is she protecting herself? Worse is Saskia disappearance her own doing? Or is someone framing Angela to take the fall?

Angela wasn't an easy character to like and maybe that was one of my problems with the story. Her behavior was erratic and her decisions were poorly made. Most of the time, she fell flat to me. Notwithstanding my misgiving with Angela, I think this is a good debut novel that readers will enjoy. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Marting Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
Series n/a; standalone
Genre Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date April 24, 2018

Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, accomplished photographer Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and is content with the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family’s secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she’s about to embark on an adventure that will shake her complacency and utterly transform her.

Camille, Julie, and Camille’s father, Henry, return to the French town of Henry’s youth, sparking unexpected memories for him—recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provençal countryside that they will uncover their family’s surprising history.
While Provence offers answers about the past, it also holds the key to Camille’s future. Along the way, she meets an American historian who stirs a passion deep within her—a feeling that she thought she’d never experience again.

Brilliantly written and infused with Susan Wiggs’s trademark style, this hugely popular author has created her biggest, most powerful story yet in MAP OF THE HEART—an instant New York Times bestseller on the hardcover list. MAP OF THE HEART beautiful and heartfelt novel that celebrates the bonds of family and pays homage to the sacrifices of the past.

A car’s headlights swept across the front of the house, and crushed shells crackled under its tires. She glanced at the clock—nine p.m.— and went out onto the porch, snapping on the light. Her heart flipped over. Mr. Ponytail Professor was back.

“Did you forget something?” she asked when he got out of the car. “My manners,” he said.

What the . . . ? “Pardon me?” “Do you drink wine?” he asked.

“Copiously. Why do you ask?”

He held out a bottle of rosé, the glass beaded with sweat. “A peace offering. It’s chilled.”

She checked the label—a Domaine de Terrebrune from Bandol. “That’s a really nice bottle.”

“I got it from a little wine shop in the village.”

She nodded. “Grand Crew. My father was one of their suppliers. He’s retired now.”

“He was in the wine business, then.”

“He owned an import and distributing firm up in Rehoboth. And why are we having this conversation?”

“I came back to apologize. I got halfway across the bridge and started feeling bad for yelling at you, so I turned around and came back.”

She caught herself staring at him like a smitten coed with a crush on her professor. She flushed, trying to shake off the gape-mouthed attraction. “Oh.” An awkward beat passed. “Would you like to come in?” She held open the door.

“Thought you’d never ask.”

In the kitchen, she grabbed some glasses and a corkscrew. What was he doing back here? “Actually, you did forget something—your sunglasses.” She handed them over.

“Oh, thanks.” He opened the wine and poured, and they brought their glasses to the living room and sat together on the sofa. He tilted his glass toward her. “So . . . apology accepted?”

She took a sip of the wine, savoring the cool, grapefruity flavor of it. “Apology accepted. But I still feel bad about your film.”

“I know. You made a mistake. I should have been more understanding.” He briefly touched her arm.

Okay, so maybe he wasn’t such a jerk. She stared at her arm where he had touched it. Why was this stranger, whose one-of-a-kind film she’d ruined, taking care of her? Watching him, she tried to figure it out. “I’ve never screwed up a project like that,” she said.

“So what happened?”

“Everything was going fine until I got a phone call from the local hospital that my daughter had been brought in by ambulance. I dropped everything and ran out the door.”

“The girl I met earlier? Oh, man. Is she all right?”

“Yes. Yes, Julie’s fine. She’s upstairs now, online—her favorite place to be.”

“So what was the emergency?”

“She was in a surf rescue class—most kids around here take it in ninth grade. She hit her head and got caught in a riptide.” A fresh wave of panic engulfed Camille as she pictured what could have happened.

“Thank God she’s okay.”

Camille nodded, hugging her knees to her chest. “I was so scared. I held myself together until . . . well, until you showed up. Lucky you, getting here just in time for my meltdown.”

“You should have said something earlier. If I’d known you rushed off because you got a call about your kid, I wouldn’t have been such a tool.” He offered a half smile that made her heart skip a beat.

At least he acknowledged that he’d been a tool. “Well, thanks for that, Professor Finnemore.”

“Call me Finn.”

She took another sip of wine, eyeing him over the rim of her glass. “You look like a Finn.”

“But not a Malcolm?”

“That’s right. Malcolm is totally different.”

He grinned, flashing charm across the space between them. “How’s that?”

“Well, buttoned down. Academic. Bow tie and brown oxfords.” He laughed aloud then. “You reduced me to a cliché, then.” 

“Guilty as charged.”

“Want to know how I pictured you?” Without waiting for an answer, he rested his elbow on the back of the sofa and turned toward her. “Long dark hair. Big dark eyes. Total knockout in a red striped shirt.” He chuckled at her expression. “I checked out your website.”

Oh. Her site featured a picture of her and Billy on the “about us” link. But a knockout? Had he really said knockout? He was probably disappointed now, because on this particular night, she didn’t look anything like the woman in that photo.

“You look just like your photo,” he said.

Wait. Was he coming on to her? No. No way. She should have looked at his website. Did history professors have websites?

She saw something flicker across his face, an expression she couldn’t read.

“Go ahead,” he said. “You can look me up on your phone. You know you want to.”

She flushed, but did exactly that, tapping his name on the screen. The information that populated the web page surprised her. “Ac- cording to these search results, you’re a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former intelligence officer. You’re now a professor of history at Annapolis, renowned for tracing the provenance of lost soldiers and restoring the memories to their families. You’re an expert at analyzing old photos.”

“Then we have something in common. If you ever come across something mysterious in a picture, I can take a look.”

She couldn’t decide if his self-confidence was sexy or annoying. In the “personal” section of the page, it was noted that he had been married to “award-winning journalist Emily Cutler” for ten years, and was now divorced. She didn’t read that part aloud.

“I’m renowned? You don’t say.” He shifted closer to her and peered at the screen.

“I don’t. Wikipedia says. Is it accurate?”

“More or less.” He grinned. “I don’t know about the ‘renowned’ part. I’ve never done anything of renown. Maybe choosing this exceptional wine. Cheers.” He touched the rim of his glass to hers and took a sip. 

SUSAN WIGGS is the author of more than fifty novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series and her most recent, instant New York Times bestseller Family Tree. Her award-winning books have been translated into two dozen languages. She lives with her husband on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

No Contest by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt

Title: No Contest 
Series: Blood and Glory #3
Authors: Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: January 15, 2018

Perfect for fans of Katy Evans, this third book in the sizzling and electrifying Blood and Glory series reveals that sometimes, the power of temptation is stronger than the pull of a championship belt.

Leandro Oliveira—hunky MMA fighter, playboy billionaire, and newly crowned champ of the World Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division—is used to getting his way. But when his party lifestyle threatens to cost the WFC sponsors, he has to clean up his act or he’ll be stripped of his contract. Forced to give up late nights of booze and women, Leandro resents having to change his behavior—until he lays eyes on the sexy publicist hired to manage his image. He plans to seduce her to regain control of the situation, but falling for her wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal.

Freelance publicist Ashylynn Fields has never taken on a client she wasn’t certain she could handle. But her latest project might just be the guy who kills her perfect record. Between his sex tape, his exploits at strip clubs, and his nights spent street racing expensive sports cars—not to mention his smoldering good looks and near constant flirting—Leandro might prove to be impossible. But with a full-time position with the WFC on the line, Ashlynn is more determined than ever to ignore his good looks and charm, and get this bad boy on the straight and narrow. Not only is he her client, but he’s completely wrong for her. When the chemistry between them explodes, she’s left wondering: how can the wrong man feel so right?

No Contest is an irresistible, emotionally charged read that proves once again that Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt always bring “tons of emotion and heat” (Molly O’Keefe, USA TODAY bestselling author) to their novels.

No Contest is book 3 in the Blood and Glory series. However, it can be read as a standalone. 

Leandro Oliveira is an MMA fighter and recently the Champion in the light heavyweight classification. He's also as entitled as he can be. He believes he can do whatever he wants. From a sex tape to fights in a strip club, to doing illegal racing. He doesn't think the rules apply to him since he's a trust fund baby and great as an MMA fighter. His ego needs his own zip code. But when the sponsors threaten to walk away unless he cleans up his act and a PR publicist is hired to babysit him, his first thought is to sleep with her in order to make her do what he wants. Nonetheless, when she keeps on turning him down, his interest in her only deepens. 

Ashylynn Fields is the new PR publicist hired to help change Leandro's image. She knows she has her hands full after she meets him for the first time. It doesn't help that he continues to hit on her. Yet, as they are sent to have interviews in different states, she's forced to spend more time with him. She starts seeing the other parts of Leandro no one else knows. Those ones are what makes her start falling for him. But, Ashylynn has a choice to make, losing the possibility of a permanent job at the UFC or choosing Leandro since there's a very specific clause preventing them from being together if they are discovered.

No Contest had one thing that prevents me from loving it. I don't like insta love novels and this book has an insta love feel to it. Just after a few encounters Leandro and Ashylynn were falling for each other. Saying that I still enjoyed the ride. They were cute together and I liked seeing a change in Leandro's entitled personality. He became much more likable than in the prior books. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Pocket Star via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Faithless by Karin Slaughter

Title: Faithless 
Series: Grant County #5
Author: Karin Slaughter 
Publisher: Random House

The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods–then killed in a horrifying fashion. When Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver stumble upon the body, both become consumed with finding out who killed the pretty young woman. For them, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of life into the case.

For as Jeffrey and Sara move further down a trail of shocking surprises and hidden passions, neither is prepared for the most stunning discovery of all: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed.

Faithless is good but not as great as its predecessor. 

A young girl is found dead and poisoned by Jeffrey and Sara while they're out walking while fighting through the woods (what's new, right?). 

Jeffrey has recently moved in with Sara when he discovers he might have Hepatitis C after his one indiscretion years ago. Predictably, Sara is upset. She might be infected as well and carrying the virus without knowing it. She wants Jeffrey to be tested again (her cousin has already done a test) when they stumble onto an uneven area making them lose their balance. Soon, they both realize something is under the dirt. After more digging, they find a box and the remains of a young woman. The young woman is Genie, she's part of a weird family with strong religious beliefs were men make decisions and women follow them without questions. 

As I said before, I liked Faithless. It had a clever plot with enough action to keep me interested. Unusually, there were not a lot of suspects so it was not difficult to pinpoint the culprit. Yet, it didn't take anything away from the story. 

I still love Sara. I think she's brilliant yet not perfect. She's trying very hard to forgive Jeffrey and move forward. I'm slightly terrified as to what's to come up next in the last book. Karin left us with a big foreshadowing at the end of the novel. 

I still hate Lena. She has learned nothing. I think Jon Snow knows more than she does. She's nothing but trouble for Sara and Jeffrey as well as for Nan and Greg. Why is she still part of this series???? I can't stand her. She is NOT a good cop. She isn't a good investigator or and definitely not a nice person. 

One thing that surprised was some of the prejudices the author brings up into this novel. As an example:

"people tended to homeschool for two reasons: to keep their white children away from minorities or to make sure their kids weren’t taught anything other than creationism and abstinence."

I know plenty of people who are homeschool and is for neither of those reasons (avoiding bullies being the most common) but I digress.....

My friend told me I should start the Will Trent series before I read the last book since both series will connect. So I'm doing just that.

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books
ISBN: 1250168457



Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.


"Young’s brutal, emotional debut is set in a land that is as unforgiving as its people. The strongest aspect of Young’s work is the world building; she packs it with details that viscerally pull the reader into Eelyn’s world. Young has alsopopulated this world with complicated characters who evolve as readers get to know them. Even better, the theme at the core of the story—overcoming prejudice and unifying to fight a greater threat—resonates with current real-world issues. With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied." —Booklist

"Young has woven a Viking tale of blood, gore, and love that keeps the pages turning. The author has taken Norse mythology and made it accessible to young adults. The characters are all fully developed, and teens will be rooting for them to succeed. With a little bit of a love story, there is enough action, blood, and gore to engage reluctant readers. A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections." School Library Journal

Sky in the Deep was an addictive, enthralling, and captivating novel! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED! THIS IS THE FEMALE VIKING BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

Eelyn, the main character, was such a badass yet completely relatable character. There was so much depth to her character and I loved the development she had throughout the story. She was such a dynamic and well thought out character that I loved immensely. I wish more YA characters were like her. I am trying to avoid spoilers about Eelyn, but just know that she is incredible and everyone will love her. EELYN IS MY WARRIOR QUEEN THAT I WILL WORSHIP FOREVER!!! SHE IS A BADASS THAT WILL NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO AND WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES IN!!! I LOVE HER!!!

I don't want to spoil anything about the plot of this book, because this is definitely one of those books where it is better going in knowing nothing. The whirlwind plot of this book mesmerized me and kept me glued to the pages. The book was perfectly paced so that even during the scenes with no action, I still felt the high-stakes pressure! Also, the inclusion of the Vikings and their clans was SO INTERESTING. I loved learning about the different clans and the wars going on between them. I was completely engrossed by the world and the characters. 

The action scenes in this book were EPIC! I GENUINELY FELT LIKE I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BATTLES AND I COULD VISUALIZE THE BADASSERY TAKING PLACE RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES! Adrienne clearly has a talent for writing, especially epic battle scenes. 

It wouldn't be a book review if I didn't talk about the romance, and LORDY I LOVED THE ROMANCE. The romance in this book was a slow-burning enemies-to-lovers type romance. I ATE THIS ROMANCE UP! The romance was passionate, sexy, and perfectly paced. The romance wasn't a huge plot point, which was nice because it never took over the main plot of the story. The relationship was something small on the side that only enhanced the plot, which is the best kind of romance in a fantasy book. GIVE ME MORE OF THE SLOW-BURNING PERFECTION OF THIS COUPLE, PLEASE!!!

I could go on and on about this book, but I don't want to drone on or accidentally spoil anything. So, if you are looking for a gripping YA novel with Vikings, badass women, relationships that punch you in the feels, unforgettable characters, and an enemies-to-lovers romance, THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Title: The Girl In The Ice
Series: Detective Erika Foster #1
 Author: Robert Bryndza 
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 24, 2018 

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?

“She only looked surprised when my hands had been on her throat for longer than a minute. It was then that she realised she was going to die.” 

I have seen the cover of The Girl In The Ice for a couple of years now. It has been on my TBR as well and I was happily surprised to find out it was available on NetGalley. So of course, I HAD to request it. 

The Girl In The Ice is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series. 

The prologue pulled me right into the story. A young woman, Andrea Douglas-Brown has been abducted and later on found murdered under the ice of a South London park. Her father is Lord Douglas-Brown, a very influential man. 

DCI Erika Foster is called back to work and ordered to take command of the investigation by Chief Superintendent Marsh. She's a seasoned detective who has been away from the force after her last investigation ended badly. During her last raid, her husband Mark perished and Erika has not recovered from her loss. Getting back to work can help her focus on something else, and for this she's thankful. 

As the investigation progresses and leads start pilling up suggesting the work of a serial killer, Erika continues to find herself in murky waters. Her superiors and the Douglas-Brown family are impeding her investigation at every turn. Still, Erika won't be deterred. The five dead women are counting on her and she won't let them down.

Very good beginning into a police thriller series. I read a lot of them and it's always nice to see another good series beginning to take form. Mr. Bryndza does a good job creating relatable characters. As with other series, the main character is damaged. She also makes some hasty decisions that endanger her life but how else can we find the killer sometimes, right?

The Girl In The Ice had a cohesive storyline with a fast-paced action who kept this reader going. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.