Saturday 9 September 2017

#BookReview Dark Water by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @bookouture

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.


I love reading about cold cases and this case, about the finding of the skeleton of a child that went missing twenty-six years ago is both tragic and chilling to read. This book is the third book in the Erika Foster series, but you can read them without any problem stand-alone.

Erika is a brilliant police, but with some problem with both keeping her mouth shut and her temper in check. She is still quite pissed about not getting the promotion she thinks she deserved, and changing unit after that have not made her life happier. She, therefore, is quite thrilled to get the chance to try to crack this case, although not many want it to be honest. The detective in charge of the case back in the 90s, Amanda Baker, career was ruined thanks to this case. But, Erika is hell-bent on solving it, despite lack of evidence.

Cases that involve children are always so tragic to read about and this is not an exception. It gets even worse when it is revealed that a pedophile was keeping the young girl under surveillance, although he apparently has an alibi. For Erica is this a tough case, trying to bring justice to little Jessica will be hard when so many years have gone by. I found this book to be just as good as the previous books in the series, and it was also nice for the first time to meet Erika's sister and her daughters. Although I did understand Erika's frustration with them. And, speaking of family, Erika is still mourning her dead husband, but she finally seems to be able to perhaps move on with a certain colleague...

Dark Water is a great book in a great series!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

1 comment:

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