What’s it about?
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
What a killer debut! I don’t know what Robert Bryndza was doing writing romance because this must be his true calling, he delivered at once a fast-paced page-turner.
I was immediately attracted to the beautiful cover of this book but the plot was equally engaging. DC Erika Foster is still grieving for her husband who died in a drugs raid gone wrong some 6 months ago. She’s still feeling guilty as hell but has no choice to get back on the horse and her first case back is the investigation of a young socialite, daughter of an influential family. She has a hard time moving forward in the investigation as the girl’s father is doing all that he can to keep up the image of his daughter as a good girl and practically steers the detectives in a direction which places her far away from the seedy side of London, where she was found. As DC Foster digs deeper, she uncovers that Andrea seems to have lived a rather colourful life on the side and she gives more credibility to her own lead, even though she’s basing her judgement on an unreliable witness. Together with two of her colleagues, Moss and Peterson, she stubbornly follows up on her own idea and as she inches closer to unrevealing the killer, he is certainly closing in on her.
I have already encountered a lot of detectives in series and I really liked Erika’s character as a female investigator. For once she is not typically standoffish and emotionless, on the contrary, she’s impulsive but has a good gut instinct. Her attitude is bold, brash, audacious. She holds on to what she believes and doesn’t let others change her opinion. I don’t know yet what to think yet of her superior Marsh, but the little insight we got in the personal lives and characters of her colleagues Moss and Peterson made them an odd and diverse but sympathetic little team.
The plot was suspenseful, the opening chapter drew me right in and it didn’t let up until the end. The only remark I have is that the revealing of the killer was never that surprising for me but I liked the action-packed ending and how it all eventually came together. A good start of a new series, one I would like to read more of.
*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for my honest opinion*