On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a 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…
Why is it that every time I finish reading the latest book by Robert Bryndza, I always find myself saying 'this has to be his best to date!'? Probably because it's true. Since his first book (which was absolutely brilliant btw), this author has gone from strength to strength, always coming up with brilliant ideas and intriguing, original plots for his thrillers, keeping me practically glued to my kindle from start to finish, desperate to have a myriad questions swirling in my head answered and wondering how everything would end.
This book kicks off with a vicious murder. It's Christmas eve and Marissa Lewis, a young woman, is slashed to death on her own doorstep by a stranger wearing a gas mask. The victim was a rather promiscuous lady who worked as a burlesque dancer in Soho. Erika's investigation soon provides various leads that indicate the woman had made quite a number of enemies in her short life, people who had good reason to want her dead. But who was actually capable of turning feelings into actions? The man in the gas mask has been terrorising and assaulting unsuspecting individuals for sometime already in the area but never murdering his victims. Why did he escalate his deed with Marissa? Why didn't he just assault her as he did with the others? Who is the man in the mask?
As the rest of the series, this book is just brilliant, and yes, I think it's the author's best to date! Though part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I would still recommend readers to go through the series in the correct order, since some secondary plot lines develop with every book written. Believe me when I say I wish I could unread and reread them all. They're all fabulous. Once again in this book, the author was very hard with Erika. It seems he enjoys himself causing her heartache and misery. Why Robert??!!
With non-stop action, great, believable, engaging characters, an intriguing twisty plot, red herrings, numerous possible suspects and seemingly no evidence helping Erika, this book has all the ingredients I seek in the thrillers I read, namely the fact that the author keeps the killer's identity well and truly hidden till the very end. By the last chapter I was still clueless. I honestly couldn't have predicted the way the author twists the story at the end and was truly shocked when the killer's identity was finally revealed. I think the way Erika links the dots at the end is just ingenious. Well done Robert!
Needless to say, I really enjoyed and highly recommend this fantastic work of fiction that is worthy of not 5 but 10 stars and more. Robert bring on the next one!
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through Netgalley.
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. It has sold over one million copies.
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, has just been published.
Robert's books have sold over 2.5 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.
You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza
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