Book Title: The Girl in The Ice
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: DCI Erika Foster #1
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Detective, British Literature, Fiction
I would like to thank Netgalley and author Robert Bryndza for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I cannot stop gushing about this one! This is the debut in a new police procedural series starring DCI Erika Foster and once again I have found a brand new strong, female detective to love! I would compare this to the likes of S.J. Bolton’s Lacey Flint series and Angela Marsons’ DI Kim Stone. If you have enjoyed either of these series I HIGHLY recommend taking this up; you won’t be sorry!
We are hooked from the first page by the telling of Andrea Douglas-Brown’s kidnapping and murder. She is later found under a layer of ice and DCI Foster is called to the scene. We are vaguely made aware of Erika’s personal issues by references to a tragic event involving the death of her husband, Mark, and how this has kept her off the Met police force for the past 7 months. She throws herself completely into the mystery of this young lady’s murder but immediately hits roadblocks by the victim’s wealthy father and her bosses. What is the Douglas-Brown family trying to keep quiet? What could be so detrimental to their reputation that they would be willing to hinder an investigation into the murder of their favorite daughter?
We follow DCI Foster through many ups and downs which only caused me to love her more. I was completely surprised by the ending and did not see it coming. This book was a well constructed police procedural, but I also thoroughly enjoyed the story lines into the various characters personal lives as well. Each character came alive for me off the pages and I felt the development was deep and had me begging for more. I’m ready for #2, The Night Stalker, which the author is currently working on. I would LOVE to see more into Erika’s backstory in the next novel clearly, but I really enjoyed seeing Detective Moss’ family life. I would really like to see more into them as well! Altogether, this was a BRILLIANT read that I can see becoming a long term series that everyone will be talking about. Bravo, and write quickly please!! 🙂