Crime Fiction

Book Review – Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

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

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

Goodreads Synopsis:

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger.

My Opinion:

Robert Bryndza has done it again! This is another fabulous installment in the Detective Erika Foster series. It is a gripping, mysterious, murder mystery that you don’t want to miss.

On the outside this book appears to be a good ole’ fashion “whodunit”. Marissa Lewis is found dead on Christmas morning by her mother. There are numerous suspects and quite the cast of characters that Erika Foster and her team need to weed through in order to catch the murderer. Marissa led a fascinating, colorful life only adding to the mystery and intrigue that investigators now need to sort out in order to gain a clear picture of who Marissa was and why someone would want to murder her. Throw in a series of assaults in another case, surrounding an unidentified person wearing a gas mask and we have ourselves a quite a story.

This book held me captive throughout! Bryndza did a fantastic job of casting suspicion on many of the unusual, quirky characters, causing me more than once to second guess whether I had chosen the correct murder suspect. Early on I took a shot and picked a character that seemed very unlikely to be the killer and I was wrong. Can’t get it right every time!

The story picks up just days after the conclusion of Robert Bryndza’s previous book in the series, Cold Blood. She is still reeling from that investigation when she throws everything she has into this latest murder. As the story progresses, so does the stress that Erika is under, until she is forced to take a step back, due to unexpected circumstances beyond her control. Erika just can’t seem to get her personal life on track. I would love to see her as content personally as she is professionally, but this push and pull makes her the intriguing and complex character that she is.

I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get to know one of Erika’s colleagues, Kate Moss, a little bit better. She has been part of Erika’s team since book one of the series and I found it quite enjoyable to get a deeper look into her personal and professional life.

If you haven’t given this series a try, you are seriously missing out. There is not one bad book in the bunch!

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

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series: Detective Erika Foster, #6
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 4/13/2018
Pages: 270 (eBook)

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