Dark Water

Dark WaterDark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3) by Robert Bryndza
Published by Bookouture on October 20th 2016
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three-half-stars

Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third book in the Erika Foster series but works very well as a stand alone book. For those who are following the series, we do see some character development with Erika Foster. We see her beginning to move on past the death of her husband.

While Detective Erika Foster, her co-workers and divers are looking at the bottom of a local quarry for a hidden drug cache, they come across the body of a young girl. A girl who had gone missing twenty-six years earlier. Intrigued by the discovery of the 7 year old’s body, Erika asks to be put on the case. She is made the lead detective and works with her co-workers to investigate the girls disappearance and death.

Twenty six years earlier, 7 year old Jessica Collins was walking to a birthday party and never arrived. She had not been seen since her body was found in the quarry by police divers. After her disappearance, another female police detective investigated the case and eventually lost her job and the force was sued by a prime suspect.

Both Erika and Amanda, the previous detective on the case, want to find out how Jessica was abducted and left in the quarry. Both have suspects in mind, both are trying to hunt down a killer in their own way. While Erika and to a small degree, Amanda, are trying to solve the case, they are being watched. The Author even gives us the name of the person watching them but it really gives nothing away. Someone is hell bent on keeping a secret and covering up the young girl’s death.

Erika continues to work with her team to find justice. The Author does a good job with police procedures and detective work. His books are emotionally grabbing and intelligent. Everything her writes makes sense. Nothing in his books feel rushed. His books progress at a nice pace. He also does not fill his books with gritty violence or graphic sex which makes his books more reader friendly(for lack of a better word)for the squeamish or those who don’t like graphic sex or violence in their books.

This book is full of secrets and interesting characters. Some of the characters seem a little over the top but in a good way. I really liked how the book unfolded and the case was solved. I didn’t figure this one out but in the end everything made sense. I found that I enjoyed the first book in the series much more than I enjoyed this one, that is not to say that this is not an enjoyable book because it is. I do plan on reading book #2 in this series and I will definitely keep reading books by this Author.

I find it interesting that this Author first wrote romantic comedy novels. This goes to show his versatility as a writer. I have not read his other books, outside of the Erika Foster series, but I assume that are as equally as enjoyable as this series.

three-half-stars

The Girl In The Ice

The Girl In The IceThe Girl In The Ice (DCI Erika Foster, #1) by Robert Bryndza
Published by Bookouture on February 12th 2016
Pages: 396
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five-stars

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Wow…just Wow…

Honestly, I can tell you that this book is FANTASTIC! This book really took me by Surprise. From the very beginning, when a woman is walking alone and a car pulls up beside her, I was hooked. This book had a great build up from beginning to the end. I thought the pace of this book was perfect. Nothing felt rushed. I really dislike when I read a book and it is great and then the ending comes out of left field. There is no disappointment to this book. The investigation felt like it was moving at the right speed. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

The woman’s body is found under the ice. Thus begins the investigation into her murder. She turns out to be a wealthy socialite. The investigator in charge, Erika, comes with understandable baggage. During her last investigation, her husband, as well as fellow officers, were killed. She is still recovering from her loss when she comes back to work as the officer in charge of this investigation. She is faced with red tape, bureaucracy, a killer hell bent of not being found, and the uncooperative family of the victim.

The story is smart. This book has layers and various plot twists. The story is very well thought out and comes together very nicely in the end. What doesn’t make sense will in fact make sense in the end. Brilliant.

The victim count rises as does the suspense in this novel. I loved that I did not figure out who the killer was until the end. I figured out who was the killer when Erika did. I thought this was a great touch. Erika is a great character. A strong female protagonist. She has her issues but is dedicated to solving this case no matter what toes she has to step on or what she has to do to get to the truth.

five-stars