Review: (Detective Erika Foster #1) by Robert Bryndza

Print Length: 396 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 24, 2018)

From 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?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

What I expected from the synopsis? A strong female lead with a dark and troubled past barely managing to stay one step ahead of a ruthless killer. 

What I got from the book? A mess that was harder to get through that trying to trudge uphill through quicksand with ten pound weights attached to your ankles. 

To begin with Erika as no business being the lead investigator on anything much less a high profile investigation. She's brash (she butts heads with everyone including the victim's parents), she has no respect for authority, and she goes off into dangerous situations half cocked. Its a miracle she wasn't killed (actually it was sheer luck, but that's a different story). 

The story was slow moving, even for a police type novel. And key pieces of information were easily overlooked (without giving too much away, all I can say is the minute the words au pair came up during her investigation a critical piece of information should have immediately been recognized and wasn't). The ending again seemed to be more about luck than any solid leads (and again it blows my mind how the information that eventually lead to the arrest of the subject was overlooked before that point). 

Overall, this story may still appeal to those who enjoy this type of novel, it just wasn't for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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