The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza
Bookouture (ebook), 2016
I got this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
The pavement glittered in the moonlight as Andrea Douglas-Brown hurried up the deserted high street. Her high heels click-clacked in the quiet, frequently breaking rhythm – a result of all the vodka she’d consumed. The January air was sharp, and her bare legs stung from the cold. Christmas and New Year had been and gone, leaving a cold aseptic void. Shop windows slid past, bathed in darkness, broken only by a grimy off-licence under a flickering street light. An Indian man sat inside, hunched in the glow of his laptop, but didn’t notice as she stalked past.
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is my first time reading Robert Bryndza.
The Girl in the Ice is a first-rate crime thriller. The opening is one of the best – and most shocking I’ve ever read. I love the title as well. I thought the characters were great. I loved Erica – she was so real and human and wonderfully flawed. The book is well-written and hugely enjoyable as the characters move from one crisis to another in the search for a serial killer. I really liked all the twists and turns. I had some suspects in mind for the serial killer and was surprised when their identity is revealed – I didn’t see that coming. I had a great time reading this book.
I’d highly recommend The Girl In The Ice.