Tuesday, 11 October 2016

5* review: The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

After reading The Girl in the Ice by Bryndza earlier this year I was waiting for more from him, it really was good and although the detective Erika Foster books are a series (this is no.2) they are easily a standalone.

It is summer in London, and an old lady goes to feed her son's cat while he is on holiday, but after letting herself in we realise he is not on holiday - he's been brutally murdered in his bed. And there is no trace whatsoever of the killer.

Erika Foster and her team are brought in to investigate (for readers of The Girl in the Ice, the old team are back together) and the rapport and chemistry between them is as good as ever. But the problem for them is that the death toll is rising, the Night Stalker kills again, and again is meticulous in hiding their clues.

We do learn who the killer is, and it's a shock, but very well played. It is then a game of cat and mouse throughout the book to find him before he kills again, he just needs to slip up.

The case is thrown by the murder of someone close to home, and goes in the wrong direction - one that Foster is outraged about so decides it's something she needs to solve alone...of course that goes well!

I really, REALLY enjoyed this offering from Bryndza, it's fast paced and well written, and the characters are really believable and well developed. I enjoyed how this story played out and fans of this genre should love it.

A highly recommended read, am just about to start Robert's new book - Dark Water (out October 20th) Dark Water on Amazon.co.uk

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ecopy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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