The Girl In The Ice (DCI Erika Foster #1) – Robert Bryndza

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?

Sometimes when you hear the hype before reading a new book it usually does not reach the mark and I am left disappointed.

Not this time, Bryndza debut Crime Novel The Girl In The Ice is a classic thriller with a strong plot that catches you instantly continuing to keep you hooked as the novel progresses at a fast edgy pace, gathering speed at every twist and turn finally completing with a very satisfying finale.

I really like DCI Erika Foster, she is a very personable character as she tag teams with Moss and Peterson working well together as a tight team unit, they are a key set of characters who all work well with each other and the relationship between them is a solid and loyal one. They respect DCI Foster.

What I really appreciated throughout the novel is Bryndza’s descriptive narrative, the sunrises, the weather, the scene setting. I envisaged the gritty seedy locations, the desolate unloved flat and the ever changing weather conditions. Bryndza’s attention to detail gave the novel that extra depth and called him out as a good writer, the one that can manipulate the imagery allowing the reader to feel a part of the story, absorbed within the pages and standing on the edge of each crime scene.

The display of emotion throughout was excellent, written in such a clever way that you understood absolutely how each character felt, watching exposed emotion, playing out throughout each scene, the juddering breath, the frozen limbs or the deep rooted frustration and anger manifesting in violent outbursts and uncontrollable raging. The writing so well penned we could have been watching a film rather than reading a novel, a excellent talent right there.

Over half way in I had three suspects all lined up and ready to lock away, one was filtered as the story progressed and another I was never too sure about, with the end in sight I had figured out the connection but not the reasoning and once all the lose ends were tied I was left with a satisfying ending. I wasn’t disappointed I had worked out who the murderer was, I needed closure as to the reasoning why.

I am really pleased to hear there is a second book in the series, DCI Foster and her small banded team are going to be very popular in the world of fiction and I sincerely hope that down the line there will be some happiness for Erika.

The letter that Robert Bryndza has included at the end of his book to his readers is a beautiful touch and feels very personal. I appreciate the hard work that goes into writing a novel, but it is the readers that decide it’s fate. Bryndza knows how to make his readers feel valued.

I would most certainly recommend The Girl In The Ice and praise Bryndza for his excellent penmanship, I look forward to reading more.

 

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