Cold Blood

Cold BloodCold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5) by Robert Bryndza
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 300
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Erika Foster is on the case again!

Whew! Where to start…..I know, how about the suitcases containing the dismembered dead bodies of a man and woman. Plus, there is that young girl who is hungry for love, she knows the slightly older man she has a crush on is up to no good, but you don’t get to choose who you love, do you? What happens when you fall in love with a bad boy? A really bad boy – one who sells drugs and progresses to *gasp* kill people. Do you still love him? This reminds me of the quote by Friedrich W. Nietzsche, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” What happens when you love a monster? Do you become one as well? Well, do you?

As Erika begins to investigate the dead bodies found in the suitcases, she finds that there is another victim, a woman in an identical suitcase two weeks earlier. While investigating the case, she is brutally attacked and sadly learns that someone she knows and trusts has set her up. As if she needs more on her plate.

But wait…apparently she does need more on her plate as her colleague’s daughters are kidnapped. The hunt intensifies as Erika and her team are more motivated than ever to find the missing girls. Will there be justice? Will the killer(s) be brought to justice? Read and find out.

Erika continues to be a flawed yet likable character. She is tough as nails but also has a soft side that he keeps hidden most of the time. As with the previous books in this series, this book is fast paced and the action keeps coming. The reader knows from the start the identity(s) of the serial killer(S). There is not much guessing for the reader. I will admit, I do love putting on my super sleuth hat and trying to figure out who the bad guy is when I read a book. Having said that, I do really enjoy how the Author shows us the bad guy and the reader sees what motivates him/her. I like how Erika’s investigation and the killer(s) actions are shown. The reader gets to see the sick and twisted relationship between Max and Nina.

I will admit that I do not think that this book was as good as the previous books in the series(this is book #5). It is still a 4 star read for me. I will absolutely keep reading this series but this one did WOW me as much as the other have. I would also love to see more of Erika’s colleagues have more character development. They are in each book, I would like to get to know them a little better. I think there is a fine line here, in showing us the killers and what is going on in their life, the story cannot fully focus on the investigators besides DCI Erika Foster. I would love to see a way to have the best of both worlds: glimpse into the lives of the bad guys while still getting to see the investigative team in action in both their personal and professional lives.

As long as Bryndza keeps the books coming, I will keep reading them!

I received a copy of this book from Bookouture and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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