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.
When earlier this year, I read 'The Girl in the Ice', the first book in the DCI Erika Foster series, I was literally blown away. It was a fabulous thriller that kept me hooked from start to finish and I can still recall many scenes I've read in that book. So when the second book's beautiful cover was revealed online, I was over the moon and couldn't wait to start reading it.
As opposed to the first book, 'The Night Stalker' is set in the middle of a severe heatwave pressing down on London. A vicious serial killer is on the loose, gaining access to houses, lying in waiting in darkness and pouncing on the victims like a spider on an unsuspecting insect, before disappearing into the night without leaving any trace.
Apart from being male and living alone, the victims have nothing in common and are vastly different people coming from different backgrounds with different professions. But something MUST be linking them to each other... and to the killer. But what? This is the puzzle Erika Foster and her team must put together and ASAP before the number of victims increases further.
DCI Erika Foster is one of my favourite fictional characters. She's a strong woman with a painful past. She's bold, direct, driven and brilliant. In order to get results and solve cases, she's not afraid of clashing with her superiors, making enemies within the MET and risking her own career. As in the previous book we find a strong bond, friendship and teamwork between her and her colleagues DI Moss and DI Peterson.
"I'm going to find you."
In this book Erika is faced with a rather unusual, meticulous killer. About halfway through the book, we learn the killer's identity and the reason behind these murders, but Erika does not and she won't rest until she has this killer behind bars. But for that to happen she has to engage in a dangerous, suspenseful game of cat and mouse, a game in which the predator is not necessarily the cat!
'The Night Stalker' is a very gripping, engaging read full of nail-biting tension. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop! I wanted to know how on earth will Erika discover this killer's identity. The murder scenes are very realistic and terrifying, the final confrontation - breathtaking!
Though second in a series, this book can very well be read as a standalone. It is an amazing work of fiction no reader of the crime genre should miss and is probably even better than the first book! Robert Bryndza has excelled once again!!
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through NetGalley.
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.