He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.
When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.
While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.
Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?
Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.
When I read 'The Girl in the Ice' last year, I couldn't help being swept away by that thriller and I felt sure author Robert Bryndza would never be able to write another equally brilliant thriller, however looking back, he has proved me wrong time and time again. The fantastic DCI Erika Foster series just seems to be getting better and better with each new instalment. With 'Last Breath', the fourth book, the author has once again managed to keep me glued to my Kindle from start to finish.
A vicious killer is kidnapping, torturing and murdering young women. He then dumps the victims' battered and broken bodies in dumpsters around London as if they were bags of rubbish.
Following events taking place in 'Dark Water', Erika Foster is now part of the Projects Team. This is a job she hates and she yearns to go back to the action of the Murder Investigation Team where her ex colleagues and friends Moss and Peterson still work.
When another girl is found in a dumpster, Erika aches to investigate the case, but not being part of the MIT, she's not allowed. Her arch enemy, Superintendent Sparks makes sure she's kept as far as possible from his case. But destiny soon turns things in her favour and Erika finds herself at the helm of this investigation. It is evident that the killer is after a certain type of woman, but with no evidence or witnesses, how can she ever catch this monster? When yet another girl goes missing, Erika and her team find themselves on a desperate race against time to find that elusive link between the victims that will hopefully lead them to the killer. But it's as though they're searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. The killer is shrewd and knows how to cover his tracks. Can they ever stop this killing machine?
All books in the series can be read as a standalone, however to fully appreciate and follow the secondary storylines and character developments, I would still recommend readers to go through it in the correct order.
In the majority of crime thrillers, authors do not reveal much about a killer. Some keep their identity a mystery till the very end, others tell us who the killer is but nothing much more. However in this book, the author does not only reveal the killer's identity, he also makes us familiar with him. He takes us inside his head, his family home and at his place of work. He makes us know his family and colleagues. The killer in this book is just another character. He's given a full identity, description, depth, character, history. He's as real as can be! And I liked that!
Through this book, the author made me more aware of the dangers of social media and internet dating and how impossible it is to read the true nature of individuals just from their appearance. As per all previous books, 'Last Breath' is fast-paced, very well written and full of suspense and realistic characters and dialogues. After reading four books, I have grown to love Erika, Moss and Peterson and almost consider them as acquaintances, not just fictitious characters. I'm always waiting for the next instalment to see what these awesome 'friends' would get up to and I always fear for their safety. Am I going nuts? Maybe, but in my opinion this goes a long way towards showing the author's ability in drawing in the reader and giving vivid life to words.
The last part is so fast paced I found myself swiping furiously the pages on my kindle, holding my breath, wincing and biting my knuckles. I wanted to know what will happen, how it will all end.
From the shocking prologue to the nail-biting ending, this is an absolutely amazing thriller and I can't stress enough how much I loved it. This author's writing skills are impressive and if you haven't read anything written by Robert Bryndza, you're seriously missing out.
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. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series.
The Night Stalker, and Dark Water are the second and third books in the series, and the fourth book, Last Breath, has just been published.
Robert's books have sold over 1.7 million copies, and have been translated into 26 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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