Book Review // The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Book Review // The Girl In The Ice by Robert BryndzaThe Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
Series: Erika Foster #1
Published by Bookouture on February 12th 2016
Rating: four-stars
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Thrillers, Crime, Psychological
Pages: 381
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Synopsis:

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?

A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today at a special launch price.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She's fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

The Girl In The Ice is a brilliant opening novel to this brand new series, that currently stands at five books (the excitement is real, folks). The pacing was excellent – starting out with a random lad in a tracksuit, as is the British way, who because of new rules for the benefits system (that I have no idea if it’s real) has to go to work in the snow for his money – I mean, how dare the job center make him work in the snow(!) and he happens upon the body of Andrea Douglas-Brown and we have a case! We’re then introduced to Erika Foster, who’s been brought in from the Manchester force after several months absence to be SIO in the case, but as she’s soon to learn, not everything runs smoothly or correctly in her new department and she soon faces a bit of a dilemma – solve the case her way, or her bosses way and it adds an extra something to the plot.

I found The Girl In The Ice to be a brilliant read. It’s my first ever book by Robert Bryndza, he’s written women’s fiction novels prior to this series, and as I said this series now stands at five books so I have a nice catalogue of his books to read from now that I’ve finally sampled his work – and really, really enjoyed it. I’m a bit of a fussy thriller reader, easily turned off for the daftest of reasons, but what can I say, I like a certain kind of thriller (not that I could tell you what that actually IS). I loved The Girl in the Ice. So much so that I’m pretty sure I’m going to dive into the second book, The Night Stalker, just as soon as I’ve finished writing my review.

Erika Foster is a complex character – we learn her husband has died, that something went atrociously wrong in Manchester that led to her being suspended and that even after a forced absence, and in a new job, her new bosses still seem to question everything she does. I feel like there’s so much more back story there, that I’m eager to learn. And I also wanted to throat-punch the men in charge above Erika for not listening to a word she said and trying to push a different narrative as to who had actually killed poor Andrea. I found myself frustrated at times, wanting to punch something every time Erika got pushback for her thoughts and her intuitions, but I also loved that Erika didn’t take any of it lying down, so you can actually root for her.

I’m so intrigued to see where the series goes – I loved the set up, the pacing, the writing. I loved the few characters we got to know like Moss and Peterson and I hope we learn more about all of the detectives in Erika’s new team as the series progresses. This book kept me up way later than I usually let anything keep me up, considering I am a creature of habit, from the North East who LOVES her sleep, but it was just that gripping. I got nowhere near finishing the book, but it was thoroughly entertaining and devouring the next the next night was just brilliant. Robert Bryndza has written a cracking thriller here, and long may it continue with the next four of Erika Foster’s adventures!

four-stars
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