Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza

Detective Erika Foster is back in FATAL WITNESS – with a chilling new serial killer case in Robert Bryndza’s multi-million bestselling crime thriller series!

How do you find a killer who has destroyed all the evidence?

Detective Erika Foster is on a late-night walk near her new house in Blackheath when she stumbles upon the brutal murder of Vicky Clarke, a true-crime podcaster.

Erika is assigned to the case and discovers that Vicky had been working on a new podcast episode about a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night.

When Erika discovers that Vicky’s notes and sound recordings were stolen from her flat at the time of her murder, it leads her to believe that Vicky was close to unmasking the attacker, and she was killed to guarantee her silence.

The case takes on a disturbing twist when the body of a young Bulgarian student doctor is discovered in the same building, and this makes Erika question everything she thought she knew about Vicky. With very little evidence, the clock is ticking to find the killer before he strikes again.

I was so excited when I heard that Robert Bryndza was bringing back one of my favourite detectives of all time-Erika Foster. And in Fatal Witness she makes a spectacular return with a twisty and compelling new case.

Erika has now moved into her new home but she doesn’t get much time to do any home improvements or even get any new furniture due to stumbling across a murder case whilst out walking near her new house. This leads her to a prime suspect very quickly when one of the victims neighbours is stopped after displaying some very suspicious behaviour. But Erika is going to find out that not all is as it seems…

It was wonderful being back in the company of such a familiar character and within only a few pages it was like she’d never been away-rather like seeing friends again after lockdown finished and being back in that friendship zone again before you know it! She’s such an intriguing character, yet she also wears her emotions more freely than before. The whole gang are also back but if you’ve never read any of the books in the series before, I must say that this can be read as a stand-alone without any problems at all.

The case itself is complex and twisty but easy to become engaged with as the clues lead Erika round the houses! And talking of houses, her new abode indirectly leads her to changes in her personal life which pleased me no end! No spoilers from me though!

Fatal Witness has an unsettling storyline and some disturbing scenes that made my blood run cold at times. This is a serial killer determined to avoid detection at all costs so nothing will stand in their way and that includes Erika herself so be prepared!

I had high expectations for Fatal Witness but thankfully it totally lived up to them. Robert Bryndza has delivered a gripping new story for one of my favourite detectives and I absolutely loved it! He writes such fabulously strong and positive female characters so make sure you read both this series and the Kate Marshall one with is also brilliant!

Robert Bryndza is an international bestselling author, best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over five million copies.

His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months it sold one million copies, reaching number one in the Amazon UK, USA and Australian charts. To date, The Girl in the Ice has sold over 1.5 million copies in the English language and has been sold into translation in 29 countries. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2016), the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle in France (2018), and it won two reader voted awards, The Thrillzone Awards best debut thriller in The Netherlands (2018) and The Dead Good Papercut Award for best page turner at the Harrogate Crime Festival (2016).

Robert has released a further five novels in the Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, all of which have been global bestsellers, and in 2017 Last Breath was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Mystery and Thriller. Fatal Witness, the seventh Erika Foster novel, is now available to pre-order and will be published 7th July 2022.

Most recently, Robert created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Kate Marshall, a police officer turned private detective. The first book, Nine Elms, was an Amazon USA #1 bestseller and an Amazon UK top five bestseller, and the series has been sold into translation in 18 countries. The second book in the series is the global bestselling, Shadow Sands and the third book, Darkness Falls, has just been published.

Robert was born in Lowestoft, on the east coast of England. He studied at Aberystwyth University, and the Guildford School of Acting, and was an actor for several years, but didn’t find success until he took a play he’d written to the Edinburgh Festival. This led to the decision to change career and start writing. He self-published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels, before switching to writing crime. Robert lives with his husband in Slovakia, and is lucky enough to write full-time.

You can find out more about Robert and his books at http://www.robertbryndza.com

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