Title: The Girl in the Ice
Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: 12th February 2016
Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
Fantastic debut in a new police procedural series. Mysterious, dramatic and absolutely gripping. DCI Erika Foster is such a brilliant character; her back-story had me hooked and I rooted for her with her investigation – Bryndza is a hugely talented writer. In fact, I would happily read a prequel of this book to find out more about Erika’s past and what actually happened with the investigation that went wrong and led to the death of her husband.
The twist at the end took me by complete surprise and don’t you just love it when a book can do that? (And I’m usually so suspicious of everyone at some point I get on the right track to guessing the end). I had fun pointing the finger at a number of characters throughout and the plot is terrific, you are pulled in from the get go desperate to know what vicious creature is responsible for the girl in the ice.
Descriptive writing was absolutely nailed to make you feel as though you are there when the bodies are found, I could literally feel my heart pounding at so many moments. If you are a fan of police procedural thrillers I promise that The Girl in the Ice will not disappoint.
Bryndza is currently writing the next novel ‘The Night Stalker’ and I cannot wait to read it!