Dark Water - Robert Bryndza
Reading Challenge Category: Three books by the same author
Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning. 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. Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.
These books are getting better and better as we progress through them. I said in my review for book two that the balance between Erika’s personal life and the investigation wasn’t quite right. I also commented that we lost a little of the intrigue by finding out ‘whodunnit’ and why quite early on. Well, everything that I found ‘wrong’ with the last book was perfected in this one. Even though we are still privy to Erika’s life, it did feel as if it wasn’t taking precedence over the investigation this time. It seemed as if it flowed a little better with the storyline other than overbearing it. The crime and investigation itself were rather exciting and different with it being a historical case. It seemed at one point like it could never be solved. Even though we are getting insights into malevolent behaviour from a character. We have no idea who he is what part he is playing or what connection he has. This really keeps the intrigue alive and wanting to turn the pages. I felt like I flew through the book. Everything happened at a rapid pace to keep your interest and to keep you captivated by the story and investigation unfolding. I am completely hooked by these books, and it had been my intention to read the rest of them this year nicely spaced out, but I have already started book four. I just can’t walk away and pick anything else up just yet. I have already read book five two years ago, and I hadn’t intended on rereading it. However, I am enjoying them so much that I think I am going to have to, simply to keep the flow of the entire story going. Bryndza certainly is flourishing, and his writing is maturing as the books move on. Book five is the one that hooked me to this author. He certainly has a way to draw you in and keep you hooked by the re-occurring characters and the gruesome yet compelling storylines.