Dark Water by Robert Bryndza



Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. 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.

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.


My Review – 5 stars

After reading The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker and being completely wowed by them, I couldn’t wait to get started with this one.

It didn’t disappoint. What a great plot. Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away.

No clues were left, nothing to go on. This was a tricky one for Erika and her team. Being a cold case, so long ago, the only evidence was the body itself.

Going through the old case notes and evidence was a daunting thing. There was so much.

Amanda Baker, the original detective, had her interest sparked by the finding of Jessica’s body. And in her own way was really helpful.

The Collins family were a strange bunch, split up and spread around. Looking into their lives proved a difficult task.

I love how Erika constantly goes on her instinct, her gut feeling. Even when the top brass try to rein her in. She is a great, ballsy and smart character. It doesn’t always go down well with her superiors but it makes her team of Peterson and Moss fiercely loyal. The friendship with forensic pathologist Isaac Strong is a nice one, good pals. She is obviously still struggling with her husband’s death and this shows more so in this book, as she feels kind of guilty sometimes.

We met her sister Lenka again, along with her kids. It caused a few problems when they turned up and took over Erika’s little apartment. I certainly couldn’t deal with the mess they caused.

I loved the pace of the plot. Kept me turning the pages. Kept the adrenaline going for sure! Lots of twist and turns in there too, kept me guessing. I was like…”Is it this person?”, “Omg, could it be them?”, “No way”, “Really?”. I was desperate for the conclusion.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date 20th October 2016

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