When I was asked to be a part of Robert Bryndza’s blog tour for his new book The Night Stalker, I was beyond thrilled. Rob has quickly become one of my favorite authors and his D.C.I. Erika Foster series is building quite a following very quickly. Book 3 in the series is expected out Fall 2016 and I know all us bookworms are more than ecstatic. Below I have reposted my original review of the book in an attempt to not rehash my feelings on this one, but you should know that if you are a fan of the crime-thriller and you like reading books based in the UK, you are truly missing out and should pick up the first in the series, The Girl In The Ice immediately! Wonderful job as always Rob and I cannot wait to see where you take Erika and the gang next!
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.
*”Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”- Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from the UK, Rob lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband and their two crazy dogs. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten by the writing bug in his mid-twenties and hasn’t looked back. His debut novel, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard became an Amazon bestseller, and has grown to a best selling series of five books. In addition to his recent number one romantic comedy Miss Wrong and Mr Right, Rob is excited to embrace the darker side of life, writing his first crime thriller series. He is currently writing the third book in the Erika Foster series, which will be released in September 2016.
The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
From the phenomenal No.1 bestselling author Robert Bryndza comes the second heart-racing, electrifying thriller in the Detective Erika Foster series.Already a top 20 ebook bestseller with over 60,000 pre-orders sales.
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