The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza ~Goodreads~
Published by Bookouture 2016
Kindle edition 396 pages ~Amazon~
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?
I’m a big lover of psychological thrillers in general, but when I saw a Twitter followers review of this book I just knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as I can. Luckily for me I purchased it on my kindle for only 99p!
Set in and around London, (an area I’m familiarising myself with a great deal this part year) a body of a young woman is found frozen in the ice by the Horniman museum’s boating lake. The victim comes from a rich family, and is a well known beautiful socialite but ends up in the wrong crowd.
Our detective Erika Foster is assigned the case, and as well as getting to the bottom of the murder we get to learn a lot about herself and of her own mysterious past that I presume in later books we will discover more about her background. We see Erika face a number of drawbacks in the case, to the point where its uncertain whether she will be able to solve the case herself or not. Erika is the typical hard-nosed detective that doesn’t give up, which made her real gutsy and I love that in a female character who seems to feel a little undermined by her male peers and yet she is determined to prove them wrong.
I felt the only drawback for me personally was I needed a bit more action, it was certainly creepy but I felt it was a lot of interviewing suspects and not so much detail of the murderers point of view. For me at least this could have been a bit more explicit, but otherwise I have no complaints.
Like most psychological thrillers I’ve read this story had me guessing who the murderer was right from start to finish, and I was still wrong as to who it could possibly be. I think if you manage to fool the reader then you’ve nailed it, and Robert Bryndza certainly has done that and I can’t wait to read more of Erika Foster’s crime adventures in the future.