Book Title: The Night Stalker
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: DCI Erika Foster #2
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, British Literature, Crime Fiction
Date read: 05/06/16
Pub Date: 06/02/16
If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… The Night Stalker, dare I say, is even better than our first introduction to character DCI Erika Foster. From the first page, we’re sucked in with tension that had me holding my breath. OPENING SCENE: An unknown killer breaks into a man’s house and very methodically kills him. I’m talking covers all the bases; drugs him, cuts the power and phone lines while crushing the cell sim card, creeps back upstairs and waits for him under cover of darkness with a bag to complete the mission. Was this a sexual tryst gone wrong? DCI Erika Foster fears its worse than her colleagues suspect. One dead man can be explained away, but when another turns up murdered in the exact same fashion, DCI Foster fears a serial killer is on the loose.
“Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.”*
You must learn to let him go Erika…
The team follows many false leads, twists, and turns throughout the story and eventually catches their killer, but this wasn’t even what made the book a 5 STAR read for me. I LOVED how this installment gave us deeper insight into the character’s personal lives. We finally get more dirt on Erika’s tragic marriage, but we also grow a little closer to Peterson and Moss. I told the author last go around that I wanted more of those two and my request was heard! There are a few other familiar characters from the previous novel that I wasn’t sure whether we’d see back again, but it was nice to follow their stories as well. We really get to dive into Isaac’s character, the forensic pathologist from the previous story. I simply adore his bosom friendship with Erika and hope to find a true friend like that in my own life. Overall, the character development was right on track for a second book in the series.
I’m not sure what else to say other than I love this series and Robert Brynzda is a talent that I am very pleased to have discovered! This one is still available on Netgalley and is published on June 2. Be on the lookout around pub day for Author Robert Brynzda to be making a stop at The Suspense is Thrilling Me for his book blog tour!
*”Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”- Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)