'The perfect book for Erika Foster fans. It has all the same vibes - but MORE. I actually think this is Robert Bryndza's best book yet'
'A gripping read that I could not put down'
'What an absolutely stunning start to what promises to be a brilliant new series'
From the breakthrough international bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice, a breathtaking, page-turning novel about a disgraced female detective's fight for redemption. And survival.
Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare.
Fifteen years after those catastrophic, career-ending events, a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol.
Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. But there's much more than her reputation on the line: Kate was the original killer's intended fifth victim . . . and his successor means to finish the job.
'Twisty, dark and layered . . . A superb start to what promises to be another stand out series' M. W. CRAVEN
'Gripping from start to finish. I will wait with bated breath for the next Kate Marshall thriller' RACHEL ABBOTT
In 1995, Kate Marshall, the heroine of this heart-pounding series launch from Bryndza (the Erika Foster series), was a detective constable when she unmasked the Nine Elms Cannibal serial killer, who left the bodies of teenage girls posed naked with bite marks on their bodies, their heads wrapped in plastic bags around London. Though the killer was sent to a psychiatric facility, the scandal surrounding the cannibal case led to Kate's being unjustly discredited and removed from the force. In 2010, after years of uncontrolled drinking, Kate is a criminology lecturer living on England's south coast when a couple who believe their missing 16-year-old daughter was a victim of the original killer in 1990 beg her to find their daughter's body. A forensic pathologist later consults her about the recent murder of a young woman, whom Kate concludes was the victim of a copycat of the Nine Elms killer. The tension rises as Kate begins a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the new killer, aided by her able assistant, and painful, long-buried memories resurface. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the complex Kate.
This is the sixth book by this author that I have read. As with the previous five, I found this to be very readable. I raced through it, picking it up whenever I had a moment, enjoying it.
It was at times a little gruesome for my taste (pun intended) and at times rather implausible, the reasons for 4* rather than 5.
I look forward to my next Robert Bryndza book.
Loved this book and can’t wait to start the next one!
Brilliant story and great believable characters!
I love Erika Foster books and this did not disappoint. I love that characters are all fleshed out and believable. Robert has a clear voice for female characters.