** Advanced copy received via publisher **
Author : Robert Bryndza
Title : Cold Blood
Series : Detective Erika Foster #5
Pages : 300
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : September 20, 2017
When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.
As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.
Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.
But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before.
Cold Blood is the fifth instalment in the Erika Foster series and if you’re not reading this one, you are missing out! Start with book one and catch up. It’s a good tip from me. 😉
Erika and her team are in for a gruesome ride when a suitcase containing a dismembered body is found on the shore of the Thames. With a completely unrecognisable face, the team are struggling to identify the victim. As it turns out, another body was found in the same condition. Surely these two victims are connected. But how? And why were they so brutally murdered?
I remember from my review for Robert Bryndza’s previous book “Last Breath” that I called him consistent. I’m not sure why that stuck in my head other than I kept feeling it sounded slightly condescending, which wasn’t my intention at all. I have the utmost admiration for any author who continuously delivers a solid plot with solid characters and that’s what this author does time and time again. The Erika Foster series is one of the best ones out there and has been since book one. But with this latest one, Robert Bryndza totally raised the bar and his game!
It’s dark and disturbing, harsh and brutal. It had me guessing until the end, not being able to predict the outcome at all. The investigation the team conducts is incredibly gripping and had me utterly hooked. But I also enjoy the balance between Erika’s job and her personal life, complicated though it may be at times. There’s something so completely enjoyable about following a character and watching them develop, or even struggle, in a mean sort of way. It makes them all the more realistic and believable when they have baggage and flaws.
The truly gripping bit is of course about the serial killer. I found parts of that story incredibly heartbreaking. It’s hard to say anything else about it but I will say there was a character I was rooting for all the way and to have chapters from that character’s point-of-view interspersed throughout truly brought this story to a whole other level.
Cold Blood is most definitely the best one in the series yet! I can’t wait for the next one!
Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!
Cold Blood was published on September 20th.