Crime Fiction

Book Review – Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

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

Book One: The Girl in the Ice
Book Two: The Night Stalker
Book Three: Dark Water
Book Four: Last Breath

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 realizes 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.

My Opinion:

Just a few short months ago I decided it was time to start a new series. I saw many wonderful reviews for Robert Bryndza’s books and I was simply memorized by the cover of book one, The Girl in the Ice. This is where my love affair for the Detective Erika Foster series began.

Erika Foster is a no-nonsense, confident, and independent woman/detective. She doesn’t always play by the rules and often finds herself in trouble with her superiors, but she gets the job done and that is what she lives for, “the job”.

Book five of the series, Cold Blood, is just as fantastic as the previous four! If you haven’t already read the synopsis for this book please take my advice and don’t. This book, as well as the previous four, are even more fun when you have no idea what is going to happen. This is my motto in general, go in as green as you can, it really helps to keep the element of surprise alive.

This book has two storylines. The story opens current day (Monday, October 2nd, 2017) with DCI Erika Foster and her team investigating the mystery behind a suitcase that has washed up on the beach with a body inside. The second storyline is the story of Nina and Max. We are first introduced to Nina and Max in August of 2016. Nina gets a job at Santino’s fish and chip shop and that is where she meets fellow employee Max. This meeting would set Nina’s life on a course that she never would have predicted.

This book, particularly the storyline of Nina and Max, is much darker, more violent, and graphic than his previous books. Some readers may find this to be a turn-off, but I feel like Robert Bryndza may have been spreading his wings a bit and took a different approach. I actually appreciate when a series grows and starts to evolve and isn’t exactly the same format time and time again.

I have had a blast binge reading this series and will probably be on the hunt for a new series to fill hole that has been left because there are no more books at my fingertips to read in this series. That is until book six is released!

*Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture, and Robert Bryndza for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Have you read any of the books in this series? Do you have a favorite?

My Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Crime Fiction

Series: Detective Erika Foster, #5

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: 9/20/2017

Pages: 356 (eBook)

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