Cold Blood - Robert Bryndza

Reading Challenge Category: A Re-read of a book as part of a series

Official Blurb:

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…
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. But it’s not the first time she’s seen such a brutal murder…
Two weeks earlier, the body of a young woman was found dumped in an identical suitcase. What connects the two victims? As Erika and her team set to work, they quickly realise they are on the trail of a serial killer who has already made their next move.
Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the target of a violent attack. Forced to recover at home, and with her personal life falling apart, everything is stacked against her, but nothing will stop Erika.
As the body count rises, the case takes an even more twisted turn when the twin daughters of Erika’s colleague, Commander Marsh, are suddenly put in terrible jeopardy. The stakes are higher than ever before, but can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

My Thoughts:

This is a re-read of this book. I first read this back in June 2018, and it is actually the first-ever crime fiction book I had read. It got me started on the whole genre I enjoyed it so much. So of course now that I have found the time to go back to the start of DCI Erika Foster’s journey it felt only fitting that I re-read this as part of the series rather than jumping over it and missing it out.
I’d forgotten how much is packed into it compared to the others. So much happens and you are following so many different threads of story that I almost forgot about the body that was found at the very beginning that sparked the whole investigation off.
You really get enthralled in the lives of Max and Nina, and luckily it had been long enough since I read it that I didn’t remember everything that happened, so I was able to be shocked and horrified abundantly along the way.
I said in my original review that you didn’t need to have read the first four books to be able to read this one as it is a standalone investigation. Erika’s life is a central part of the story, however, and now that I have read the first four books and then read this one, it certainly made the book flow much more fluidly. It may have felt like it didn’t matter the first time around, but this time it really made a difference. So I’d definitely recommend reading them in order if you can. You certainly have more affiliation with the characters and what they mean to each other this way.
I originally gave this four stars when I read it, but I am bumping it up to five this time around. It is undoubtedly one of the more grittier and gripping of the series. As I said so much happens, it feels like a much longer book than it is, but everything comes together. You get all the answers you need, and everything is concluded.
I don’t think this will be the last time I read this book as I may re-visit the series again in the future and I may be recommending them to my husband once he finishes the series I have currently recommended! I’ve gone straight onto book six, and I’m gutted that it is the last in the series. I am really going to miss these characters. I’d been struggling to read this year, but this series has really drawn me in, and it’s been great devoting a large chunk of time to a run of books that follow on from each other that are brilliantly written and have captivated me the way I needed books to at the moment. I’m really going to struggle to move onto something different after these!

My Original Review from June 2018:

When I realised this was book five, I was a bit gutted that I had chosen to put this on my list of books to read. I would never have picked a book midway a series had I have realised. However, even though the author has written a series of books about a detective and I get the feeling that there is a vein of crossover stories, it doesn’t hamper this book. You don’t need to have read any of the previous books, which is lucky. I don’t feel like I was reading in the dark wondering what was going on or who all the people were; it didn’t matter that they had history. The story that was happening in this book is all that matters, the other tiny tidbits he might refer to that I am assuming have occurred in other books are inconsequential, and you can quickly pick up on what is happening, phew!
So basically what I am trying to say is it is really well written! It is a fantastic read, I don’t usually do full-on detective books, but I’m glad I chose this one to read.

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Cold Blood
by Robert Bryndza
Date Started
10th March 2020
Date Finished
12th March 2020
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