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.
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.
Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.
She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.
I promised myself after what others may have considered to be a rather over enthusiastic review for The Night Stalker, I would tone my review for Dark Water down, but HOLY MOLY Robert Bryndza has only gone and done it again and wrote another fabulous book to add to the DI Erika Forster series. So I’m sorry if I get carried away with my review (yet again), but I was honestly convinced the authors last book The Night Stalker would be my favourite, but after reading Dark Waters I’m now convinced this is my favourite in the series by far. This series is evolving into one of the best crime series I’ve read over the last few years each book seems to get darker, and more sinister.
Dark Waters opens with an unsettling and spine chilling prologue, and once I read it I was hooked, it’s one of those books you can’t bear to put down, as each chapter ends you just “have to read one more” and before you know it it’s the middle of the night! This is the third book in the Detective Erika Foster series and although you could read it as a standalone I would urge you to read the series, just because it’s such a fantastic crime series. Erika Foster is one of my favourite crime detectives she’s direct to the point of being brutal but she’s also determined, fearless and incredibly good at her job, we also learn more about Erika and her family in this book which add more depth to her character. Erica faces her most complex case yet when seven year old Jessica’s body is found in a quarry twenty six years after her disappearance, with no witnesses and very little to go on Erika finds herself caught up in an investigation that will test her policing skills to the limits, its a case steeped in lies, secrets and heartbreak.
What I like about Robert Bryndza’s writing is his ability to describe scenes with such conviction that you feel like your there along side Erika and her team, the sights, smells and atmosphere jump out of the pages making for a truly breathtaking read. You feel their every emotion as they deal with the heartbreaking investigation of the missing Jessica. As this is a cold case this book isn’t as fast paced as others in the series, but personally for me it still made it an utterly compelling read, I found Dark Water to be the very definition of a ‘read-in-one-sitting’ crime thriller. What I particularly like about this series is how different each book has been from the last and how each story offers something unique, which is why Robert Bryndza continues to be one of my very favourite authors.
In my opinion Dark Water is gripping from the first page until the last, Unsettling and disturbing, the actions of the all too human characters lead to a devastating and tense climax. I can and I will wholeheartedly recommend Dark Water for anyone looking for an original crime story but with all the hallmarks of a truly gripping tale. Just in case you were wondering I absolutely loved Dark Water and it will certainly be in my top reads of 2016 along with The Night Stalker of course! I can’t wait to see what the hugely talented Robert Bryndza comes up with next.
I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise…….but I won’t be giving Dark Water 5 stars, but I will be giving it the very prestigious GOLD STAR AWARD. I give this award to a book I feel covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grip until I reached the very last page. Robert Bryndza is the first author to receive TWO Gold Star Awards, but I certainly think he deserves them, and let’s hope the next book makes it a “hat trick”
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If you haven’t yet read the Erika Foster series here are the books in order, and I’ve also included the links ……..
Print Length: 341 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (20 Oct. 2016)