Book Title: Dark Water
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: DCI Erika Foster #3
Genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Date Read: 10/31/16
Pub Date: 10/20/16
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.
Once again folks, Robert Bryndza has created another zinger with his surly DCI Erika Foster series! I swear each book continues to top the previous one, and I can see myself being invested in these characters for many books to come. I’m not quite sure how he does it, but Rob somehow creates characters who are realistic, flawed, and unlikable in the most likable way. Erika is not someone I could ever see myself connecting with in real life; she is battered, dark, and rude, yet in these books I simply cannot get enough of her. While each mystery is well done in the series, the real test on how compulsively readable these novels are is the complex web of relationships weaved between the multitude of characters. And speaking of characters…
I’ll be honest, I had a slight heart attack when the book led off with no mention of Moss or Peterson. I wanted to raise my fist and scream “How could you Bryndza?!”; alas, I was a bit premature and they came along to the rescue. After I calmed down a bit I was able to realize how immaculately the author can bring minor characters in and out of the storyline. We were able to briefly meet Erika’s sister Lenka in The Night Stalker and continued to acquaint ourselves with her little family in Dark Water. As an only child, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Erika and Lenka’s ups and downs via sibling spats and make up sessions. Also, I have a confession to make- my favorite character is a minor one, but I’m always pleased to see Isaac Strong make an appearance! Seriously, where is the Isaac to my Erika? I’m accepting applications currently. I realize he had a huge role in the previous novel, so I can accept he had to take a backseat to others and wait his turn, but more Isaac please. *Pretty Please Pretty Please Pretty Please*
The mystery kept me befuddled until the very end; I had suspicions about certain characters but didn’t put the pieces together which was a nice twist! There were quite a few smaller shocks, along with larger ones, and I loved how in the end all the seemingly unrelated pieces tied together nicely. I appreciated the furthering of Peterson and Foster’s relationship and was pleased with how the book ended to set things up for #4. Overall, an excellent read that was fast paced and kept my interest engaged throughout. If you have been putting this series off I highly suggest you pick up The Girl In The Ice as quickly as possible and catch up. Once again, Bookouture has found a winning author with a growing fan base that will follow him anywhere. Well done, and I cannot wait for the next adventure involving Erika and her gang (most importantly-ISAAC!) 🙂
“If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.”
*Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.