Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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.

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