Last Breath by Robert Bryndza #BlogTour @bookouture

I am delighted and extremely excited to be kicking off the blog tour today for Last Breath as it’s publication day!! And I’m sharing my review of this fantastic book alongside my lovely blogger friend Sarah Hardy who is probably Robert’s biggest fan so make sure you check out her review as well by clicking on her name above.

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About this book…

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

My review…

Every book in this series just seems to get better with every one that is released and Last Breath is no exception. In fact I think I found this one the most chilling of the Erika Foster books so far due to the online dating plot that provides a serial killer with his victims. It is just felt so relevant to today’s generation who still seem to take everyone they meet online at face value without thinking of the consequences. This made the book feel very realistic to me.

Erika Foster herself always makes these books for me, she is a brilliant character creation who is developing more with each case. Her relationships with Peterson and Moss are always fun to watch as they have now settled into comfortable friendships (and maybe more but I’m not saying anymore about that!). The whole feel of the team works well but Erika, being Erika, is still making her mark but making up her own rules as she goes along. As Isaac says to her at one point “You’re not a bitch, but you have to act like one sometimes. It helps you get the job done” and that sums up Erika perfectly! The job is her life but slowly she is letting others become part of it and I’m loving watching her emotional journey as much as her professional one.

The serial killers identity is known quite early on but this actually makes the book even creepier as we watch the way he plans and stalks his next victim. Honestly, every young woman needs to read this book!! It’s no good just telling your mate you will text her when you’ve met your “mystery man” because by then it could be too late! And Mr Bryndza, while we are on that subject, I got so involved and invested in these victims that you really shocked me with one of them!! How could you!?!? Needless to say I was on my guard for the rest of the narrative, trusting nothing and no-one, especially not the author!

This is another triumph for Robert Bryndza who has truly found his niche within the current crime market and I loved every single page. And I can’t wait to see what my favourite “girl crush” gets up to next.

Many thanks to Bookouture and netgalley for my review copy of  Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) which is published today 12th April 2017 by Bookouture.

Meet the author…

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, and Dark Water are the second and third books in the series, and you can now pre-order the fourth, Last Breath which will be published on April 12th 2017.

Robert’s books have sold over 1.7 million copies, and have been translated into 26 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at http://www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza #WeekendBlogShare

About this book…

A sparkling feel-good Christmas comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy?

It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz.

Throw into the mix a horrible boss, a lazy husband, and the prospect of her in-laws arriving for the festivities, and Coco wishes she could cancel Christmas and sail off to a desert island somewhere – preferably with the gorgeous-yet-unattainable Tom from work.

But retail therapy is at hand! Coco’s faithful friends Chris and Marika rally round, and even her mother-in-law Ethel tries to help in her own eccentric way.

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everythingin the hope that Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.

My review…

Although this is book 5 in the Coco Pinchard series it’s actually a prequel and so can be read as a standalone Christmas novella. Even if you’ve not read any of the series you will appreciate the humour of the situation here as Coco attempts to make sure her son has the best Christmas ever!

Now every parent dreads it being the year that their child really, REALLY wants the must have toy that Christmas. I have fond memories (NOT!) of dashing to Argos late one Christmas Eve as they had had a Barbie VW Beetle returned that day and my child had told everyone it was the only gift she wanted from Santa that year. And don’t even start me with the must have toy this year (Hatchimals anyone? ANYONE?!?!) because doesn’t every parent want their child to explode with joy on Christmas morning?

So back in good old 1992 the UK went mad for the Thunderbirds Tracy Island and I will always remember Blue Peter for trying to come to the rescue of parents up and down the country with a plan to “build your own”. And it looks like that may be the only option available to Coco after her many near misses with a real life Tracy Island. Some of the funniest scenes in this novella are of Coco desperately trying to find her son his perfect gift, only for it to be snatched away at the very last minute. Honestly, I was giggling constantly throughout this extremely funny lead up to Christmas Day for poor Coco.  Most of the best lines go to Ethel, her mother-in-law, but a few other snippets that had me practically crying with laughter were the encounter with the Sylvanian families lady (my daughter still thinks she had a deprived childhood as she was the only one of her friends not to have a little cottage full of miniature woodland creatures!) and the ashtray comment!! 

I love the fact that Robert Bryndza can turn his hand to both crime thrillers and comedy, his writing style adapts perfectly to fit whichever voice he is using. I adore the Coco series of books and often recommend them to friends looking for a hilarious feel good series to follow especially if they are fans of the Shopaholic series or Bridget Jones. This Christmas prequel is quirky, very funny and highly entertaining. I loved it so much that I downloaded his other Christmas novella, A Very Coco Christmas, as soon as I had finished it. These books will definitely make you forget all your Christmas holiday stresses! And if you haven’t discovered Coco Pinchard yet then this is the perfect introduction and I guarantee you will love her and her madcap life as much as I do.

Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story: A sparkling feel-good Christmas comedy! (Coco Pinchard Series Book 5) is out now and available to purchase form Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series.

The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 21 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

You can find out more about the author at http://www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza #BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog

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.

My review…

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

About the author…

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series.

The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, is available to pre-order and will be released October 20th 2016.

Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 18 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

You can find out more about the author at http://www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza

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