Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dark Water - Robert Bryndza

Kindle Edition

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: 20/10/16

Pages: 368

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.

The Blurb

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

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.

My Thoughts

Without sounding like a gushing fanboy I believe that Robet Bryndza will become one of the big "names" in the Crime / Thriller genre. The writing in the previous 2 Erika books has been fast paced with fluid story lines that are easy to follow, unpretentious and realistic, and with each book it gets better and better. This book is no exception.

I was afraid that like some of his peers who have found a formula that works, he would fall into the same trap of rehashing and repeating story lines from past books to cover for poor story lines. Needn't have worried because with this story we see a different side to Erika. A softer more human side to her. Personally I would have left the sex out of the book, didnt think the story needed it, but that is just a personal thing.

The case is different as well. This time it is a 25yr old cold case that Erika stumbles upon after searching a quarry for drugs in a case she was working on. There are new characters and a few old ones from the previous books. The ending is a good one and left me slightly upset for the perpetrators.

In the future I would love to see a longer, grittier story with Erika.

A great read which I highly recommend.

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