About the book…
Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. 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.
Well, I didn’t think it could happen but Robert Bryndza has done it again! This series just gets better with every instalment and the third book is the best one so far in my opinion. DCI Erika Foster is an incredibly complex but fascinating character who is a joy to follow. The cases she becomes involved in seem to bring out more of the real Erika each time and by the end of every book I just want MORE! If you haven’t read any others in the series this can easily be read as a standalone but to get the most out of the intriguing and enigmatic Erika please do start with The Girl in the Ice and I’m convinced you will then join the ever-increasing fan base of this talented author.
DCI Erika Foster is now working in Kent where she has just recovered a huge stash of drugs from a local quarry. But whilst beneath the water, the police diver discovers another bundle…the skeleton of a small child. Erika is unable to think of anything else afterwards and persuades her superiors to let her take on the case. So with the help of her old dream team of Moss and Peterson and police pathologist Isaac, she throws herself into solving the case. I found the scenes describing the discovery absolutely heartbreaking especially when it becomes clear the body was that of a seven year old little girl who had disappeared 26 years ago.
What I find fascinating about Erika is her determination to always bring someone to justice and how it takes over her life. There are lots of strong, memorable female police officers around at the moment but Erika Foster is by far my favourite. She has a strength of character that belies her traumatic past but there is also a softness and a vulnerability about her that keeps her from being unlikable when she becomes the driven and compulsive Erika we have come to know and love. We also get more of an insight into her Slovakian family this time which I have been looking forward since The Night Stalker.
I read this in one sitting as it was totally addictive and had me gripped from the very first page so there was no way I was putting it down! And this is one series you can rely upon for a twisty plot that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. I just adore Erika and can’t wait to see what Robert Bryndza has in store for her next. A fabulous five stars from beginning to end!
Dark Water: A totally gripping thriller with a killer twist (Detective Erika Foster Book 3) is published by Bookouture on 20th October and is available to purchase here at Amazon UK
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