Mystery/Thriller

Book Review – Dark Water by Robert Bryndza


Here are my reviews of the first two books in this series.

Book One: The Girl in the Ice
Book Two: The Night Stalker

Goodreads Synopsis:

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realizes this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

My Opinion:

I’m continuing on with my quest to read the backlist of the Detective Erika Walker series. Dark Water is book three in the series and I’m very happy to report that it is every bit as good as the first two in the series.

The book opens with Erika and her team scanning the bottom of Hayes Quarry looking for 10 kilos of heroin, hidden there by a drug dealer. Not only did they retrieve the heroin, but they also found the skeletal remains of a child. Her name is Jessica Collins, and when she was seven she seemingly disappeared into thin air and has remained missing for twenty-six years. Erika wants nothing more than the opportunity to work this cold case and bring justice for Jessica.

Now that I have read three Robert Bryndza books I’m starting to notice a pattern to his writing style that I am finding enjoyable. He always includes periodic short chapters from the perspective of the “bad guy”. Not too much or too often, just enough to let you know that he or she is out there…watching, keeping you guessing and wondering who they are. Another pattern I’ve noticed is that he always includes just a little bit of humor. I find myself chuckling from time to time about a sarcastic comment or maybe someone’s true inner thoughts. Here’s an example from this book:

“We were planning on doing a television appeal with the Collins family,” said Marsh, speaking for the first time. “But I don’t think this will be something we can pursue. The image of Marianne Collins wielding a knife is looming large in people’s minds…”

“Yes, we need grieving mother, not knife-wielding maniac,” agreed Camilla. 

If you haven’t given this series a try, don’t hesitate – you won’t be disappointed. I’ve had some questions about whether this series can be read as a standalone. Yes, you can, but I highly recommend you read it from the beginning. There are a lot of repeat characters and you would be missing out on a fabulous backstory. I love nothing more than a series with great character development!

On to book four…The Last Breath!

My Rating: 4/5

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Series: Detective Erika Foster, #3

Publisher: Bookouture

 Publication Date: 10/20/2016

Pages: 341 (Kindle)

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