The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
Reading Challenge Category: The first book in a series
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
‘Cold Blood’, book five of the DCI Erika Foster books was the first-ever crime fiction books that I ever read. Not only of this series but of the crime fiction genre as a whole. It is what got me started loving these type of books. So, of course, I had to find time to go back to where Erika started. Unfortunately, I’ve just not had the chance until now. So, when I was creating the Pink and Dizzy reading challenge for 2020, I included the category ‘the first book in a series’ knowing exactly which book I would be reading! Then Modern Mrs Darcy added a category to read ‘three books by the same author’ in her reading challenge, so I will be reading books two, three and four! Sorted! Anyway, onto the book itself! It was great to find out what makes Erika tick and to discover her back story. It was genuinely heartbreaking what happened to her husband and her colleagues in Manchester. It really added to her character and to the way it drove her responses to the current situation and investigation. I did find her to be very reckless. I didn’t agree with how she handled a lot of things, and I thought some segued scenes were needed as we did seem to jump a little jarringly from one thing to the next or the actions were a bit nonsensical. Such as after the first appeal, where she hijacks it with different information than agreed. She does this for a reason due to the phone call she receives prior to going on. However, she decides not to explain this to anyone but runs off and doesn’t resurface for days. This made no sense, was unprofessional and inappropriate. It caused herself problems that didn’t need to happen. So this was quite frustrating. This aside, however, I did find the investigation to be suitably brutal and intriguing. There was twist after twist. I couldn’t guess the killer or motive. There was so much intertwined that at one point, I wondered how it would all be solved in time for the book to finish. I think I was about 85%-90% of the way in and there was still so much to unravel, I actually wondered whether it would spill over into book two. It doesn’t, though, it does all get answered, and we aren’t left wondering anything. Apart from the few dubious choices that Erika makes, this is a very well put together book. A few people have promised me that the Erika Foster books only get better and having read book five already I have no doubt that this is true. I am already chomping at the bit to read book two, but I am going to be patient and get a few of my obligation book reads read first before revisiting this world. It will do me good to build up my anticipation once again.