Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3) – Robert Bryndza


Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but 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.

I admit Bryndza is on to a winner with this series and this is by far my favourite of the three. Dark Water is set in a cold climate in remote places with lots of hidden secrets. The historical aspect of the main investigation is fabulous giving the series a new spin. It was great to see the old cast of characters together and see how things ‘blossom’ with relationships and how we learn a little more about Erica Foster.

This book was a very good mix of old and new introducing some likely characters we may well meet again in future books.

I think with this being the third in the series we are now forming more of an understanding about the characters on the set. This is the third thriller we have run alongside and are bound to notice much more. The more time you spend with a person the more you see and do not necessarily like.

I did notice that Foster is an arrogant, stubborn and selfish sod when she wants to be and I found more of that character trait in this book. Whilst developed, well-rounded yet complex she has a knack of getting all the wrong backs up, ensuring she gets exactly what she wants and always ever so insistent she gets the front role in the case. I understand why she hasn’t had that promotion yet. People always seem to want to kill her off.

We see another side to James Peterson in this book too. He holds onto his anger and appears very opinionated, almost irrational in his views, not always professional and often misunderstanding of the boundaries but has a soft centre and a warm heart wanting more than he is able to have and feeling on the outside when he would rather be by the fire. At times I feel Peterson needs to grow up and act like the man he should be although do like him and believe he is a strong character throughout I envisage Gary Dourdan from CSI as Peterson when I read about him, I think he would play a pretty good Peterson.

The storyline and historical case kept me gripped, I really enjoy Bryndza’s writing style and find his books really easy to read.

The conclusion was simply amazing, very well thought out and delivered. I had no idea how the story would end and was very satisfied with the conclusion indeed. Maybe in the next book DCI Foster can finally have her heart thawed… she needs to learn to love again.


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