Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
You know you're reading a great book when you can't stay away from it for long and in those moments when you're not reading, you keep thinking about it, reliving the book's story in your head and trying to guess how things will end up. This is exactly what I experienced while reading 'The Girl in the Ice' by Robert Bryndza. I'm just so glad that this author has started writing books in my favourite genre as he's absolutely an outstanding storyteller.
This book does not only have one of the most beautiful, striking covers I've ever seen - you almost expect that eye to open up at any moment - but the story within is just as stunning. I already have a feeling that this will actually be one of my top reads of this year.
"She was beautiful... even dead, under the ice."
When Andrea Douglas-Brown, the young beautiful daughter of a very powerful man is found dead in a frozen lake in London, DCI Erika Foster is called in to lead the investigation and solve the crime FAST. In order to do so and catch the murderer, Erika has to piece together the girl's life and her final movements. But with political interference, this proves to be a very challenging case for Erika - THE case that will either make or break her. Who killed Andrea and why? Soon a picture of Andrea starts to be painted on the empty canvas of her life... but is it the picture everyone was expecting?
This book is brimful with great, realistic, solid characters and dialogues. I have added Erika to my list of favourite fictional characters. With a painful past behind her, Erika is bold, strong-headed but also a sensitive Slovak woman. She's a fierce detective that is prepared to fight tooth and nail to get to the bottom of a mystery and she's not afraid of the consequences of her actions, whatever they may be. Peterson and Moss, her closest team members, are also equally interesting and likeable characters and together they form a great team.
Thanks to the author's brilliant descriptions of the characters and the surroundings, it was as if I was there with Erika and I could almost see through her eyes and think with her head. Everything was so realistic.
With twists and turns throughout and a gripping, complex plot, this book kept me hooked till the end and made me bite my nails on more than a few occasions, especially when I arrived at the breathtaking finale, when I thought everything was lost. I actually thought I guessed the murderer's identity early on but the ending slapped me in the face with the truth. How wrong I was!
This is a brilliant start to an exciting new series. I highly recommend this book to every crime thriller reader. Robert Bryndza is a new name to watch in this genre.
With huge 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, and has just signed a three-book deal with Bookouture to write a crime thriller series. The first book, The Girl In The Ice will be released in Spring 2016.
You can find out more about Rob at www.robertbryndza.com