Wendy Cartmell

Author of the Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers

Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3)Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago. As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.
I was so pleased when I realised that Robert Bryndza had another book out and thank goodness I wasn’t disappointed. Rob goes from strength to strength with his writing. Erika continues to be a complex character and in this book faces her greatest challenges to date, not just from work, but in her personal life as well. Moss and Peterson make a welcome return, adding to the tension. Robert is becoming a master of the craft of dark, disturbing crime writing. There are twists and turns a-plenty; lots of conflict; new and interesting characters that we may meet again; and the book is so addictive. I couldn’t wait to get back to reading it and had to force myself to put it down at night and get some sleep. If you are considering reading Robert’s work, then do it! I’m confident you’ll enjoy it. Its a superb, dark, disturbing crime thriller.
I received a copy of the novel from the publisher via Netgalley.

Dark Water is available from Amazon here.

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