Book Reviews

The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1)

Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: February 12, 2016 by Bookouture
Genre: Crime Thriller
Paperback: 390 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
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The Girl in the Ice is the first in a crime thriller series by the new-to-me author, Robert Bryndza. I’m a little behind the curve because other book bloggers are reviewing his most recently released book, Cold Blood, which is the fifth book in the series, and receiving rave reviews I might add. That is how this book came on my radar.

When the body of a beautiful, young socialite is found beneath the ice in a less than desirable part of London, it poses more questions than answers for the London police squad. The investigation is led by Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster, a fearless cop who is still dealing with the loss of her husband and colleague, Mark Foster, in a raid gone bad that she was the lead on.

When she starts to piece together the victim’s whereabouts on the night in question, similarities in other unsolved murders become apparent, and she realizes they have a serial killer on their hands. The problem is though, the other 3 victims are all prostitutes. Lumping them together with the socialite’s murder sends the family into a tail spin, and the investigation becomes very political. Not only is the victim the daughter of Lord Simon Douglas-Brown, but she also has an influential and wealthy fiancé, and they seem to have connections in the highest echelons of the police force.

Although mostly told from the perspective of the police, there are a few times we get a glimpse of the killer when the author switches to the killer’s perspective. He’s got DCI Foster in his cross hairs, which makes him seemingly even more dangerous, and the plot sizzles with tension.

Ultimately, DCI Foster has to go up against her boss, the family, and one of the other detectives on the squad to find the truth that others seem to want to bury. She is driven by her passion for finding justice for the victims. If it was my murder investigation, I’d definitely want her on my side! She ranks right up there as one of my favorite detectives in a novel. The Girl in the Ice is everything a good crime thriller should be and it’s definitely a series that I’m happy to jump on the band wagon for!

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