The Girl in the Ice, Robert Bryndza
Many thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, for making a copy of this cracking book available to me, via Netgalley, for review.
Set in present day London it begins with a young man on a work placement discovering the body of a young woman in the ice of a frozen lake. Initially it looks like a random killing, but when DCI Erika Foster is called in to investigate, she starts unearthing things that some people would prefer left alone. No longer looking for the killer of one affluent young woman, but now searching for a serial murderer, Erika finds herself at risk too. This is her first case after returning to work following the traumatic death of her husband, and there are tensions amongst the team that threaten to hinder the progress of the investigation. Enquiries take Erika to the social elite of the city as well as the less fortunate who struggle to get by in whatever way they can. To say too much would spoil the story, but it’s a riveting read, having all of the elements of a credible yet exciting storyline. As the characters develop, and we learn more about their lives, so the potential for more cases becomes apparent. Erika feels like a real character, working off some of her grief through long hours, considerate of her colleagues, and a genuine ‘good cop’.
This is the first novel I have read by Robert Brenda, and I will definitely look out for more – apparently the next book in the series, The Night Stalker, is now in the making, and I am looking forward to it already.