Book Title: Deadly Secrets
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: Erika Foster #6
Genres: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Serial Killers
Pub Date: 04/13/18
To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.
On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?
Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.
Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.
Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…
As a long time fan of this series I gotta ask; how has Rob Bryndza kept us holding bated breath for so many years?! Typically (maybe 90% of the time?) I lose interest in long running series after the third book; at this point the author has usually lost their mojo or become too repetitive for my taste, but not here. Bryndza has created a memorable cast full of heart, soul, and wit that isn’t found elsewhere. It’s no secret that police procedurals can become stale and monotonous, but Erika Foster and her gang of humorous law enforcement agents have that special something that a reader looks for when committing their time on numerous occasions to the same atmosphere.
I hate delving into plot details for these novels, but the format reads fairly similar to the others in the series. The chapters are brief and snappy, holding the attention well and gripping you from beginning to end. We do get some unique perspectives, mostly from Erika but also from the darker side of the story (I’ll not say more for risk of spoilers!) and from the teammates as well. The book is easy to breeze right through, the case(s?) pertaining to this installment were intriguing, and we receive some shocking development from one of our reoccurring characters. Duh duh DUH!!!!
All in all, this was a fabulous read. If you’ve enjoyed the previous novels in the series it’s a sure bet that you’ll love this one as well. If you haven’t had the pleasure of diving into this series yet, please do yourself a favor and start at the beginning! There are some details mentioned here that would make it difficult to go back and enjoy the twists as they were meant to be absorbed in previous novels. In case you’re new to Bryndza’s work, The Girl In The Ice is the first book in the series and is currently being released in the US! Woo hoo! Well done Rob; I can’t wait to read more about Erika and how she resolves a few things in her personal life. ❤
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets is now available to purchase. Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages. In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia
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