The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…
When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.
As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.
Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.
But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.
Well Robert Bryndza has done it again. I've just finished reading 'Cold Blood' and am still reeling from that terrifying, heart-pounding ending!!!
In this book, a suitcase containing the dismembered body of a man is washed ashore the Thames. After the gruesome discovery, DCI Erika Foster and her partner Moss immediately start their investigation, but first they have to try and identify the victim. Not an easy task without any ID and with a smashed in face! Erika soon learns that another suitcase with similar grisly contents had already been fished out of another part of the river a few weeks earlier. That suitcase contained an unidentified dismembered female body. The similarities between the two discoveries leave no doubt that these are both the work of the same killer. Who were these people? How were they connected? Who has done this to them? And why?
Nina and Max, a young couple, meet at their place of work and start a relationship. It's immediately evident that Max is involved in some secret dodgy affairs, but Nina doesn't care. She's in love with the bad boy and is prepared to do anything, even sell her soul if needed, to keep him happy and by her side. At first it seems there is no clear connection to the case being investigated by Erika, until the two stories are skilfully twisted, weaved and converged into one...
I've been a big fan of Robert Bryndza ever since I read 'The Girl in the Ice', his crime fiction debut and the first book in the Erika Foster series. His writing is absolutely flawless and the plots he comes up with time and time again, simply clever, original and ingenious.
Oh yes! I had one hell of a time reading Cold Blood. It is a fantastic, fast-paced, suspenseful thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The murders are gruesome, the characters (both good and bad) bold and true to life, and the plot superb. With Nina and Max the author showed some degree of boldness too I have to say. You'll understand what I mean when you read their story. I may be wrong but I think Cold Blood is possibly the darkest book in the series to date. It's not a 'whodunit' as some of the other books in the series are, as the reader can guess pretty much early on who's behind these atrocious murders. But Erika and her team do not and they must put together and in the right order all the scattered puzzle pieces and form a picture that will help them catch whoever is behind the killings.
Having read all 5 books in the series now, I truly consider Erika Foster one of my favourite fictional characters. I love her character, attitude and determination. I also love the fact that she's very tall lol! Not a very common trait among female lead characters. But I also feel so terrible for her. She's always so lonely and sad, mourning her dead husband and living and working so far away from her close relatives, with no true friends other than her colleagues. The author is always so hard with her, but in Cold Blood I have to say he was even harder. I hope in future books Erika smiles and laughs more and finds love again.
When I'd read it, I thought Mr Bryndza could never come up with a book better than The Girl in the Ice, however he has proved me wrong with every book he has written since. This series just gets better and better and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
With huge thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this fabulous 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.
The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.
Robert's books have sold over 2 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