The Night Stalker - Robert Bryndza
Reading Challenge Category: Three books by the same author
If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead... In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer? As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched... Erika's own life could be on the line.
Well, I can certainly see the books are improving as they go along. I’ve just re-read my review for book one and read that other reviewers promised me that they would. I could see a significant improvement in Erika’s character in this story. She seemed a lot more collected with her responses regardless of how her superiors were treating her, which was very frustrating and uncalled for. The formula for this book was also vastly different. It gripped you right from the start with a ruthless and brutal murder and straightaway you wanted to know the whys and whos. However, we do find these out quite early on. Bryndza takes the insight into the killer’s mind to another level and actually gives them a proper voice and a full-on character. We get to know them; we get to know what makes them tick and why they are doing what they are doing. We even, dare I say it, feel sorry for them. There are no significant twists or turns because of this different take on allowing us to see what is going on from two sides of the story. We are getting the investigative team’s account and also the killer’s story. I did wonder at one point whether Erika’s story was making it a bit too much of a drama as it was very much 50/50 with the crime side. I did feel like it needed to have a little less drama and a bit more crime and detective fighting in it and less of the soul searching. I do hope this starts to get toned down as she starts to toughen up and lets go of her past. Saying that it didn’t ruin the book in any way. I did feel like this book was much better structured than the first and certainly had me hooked even without the suspense and intrigue being maintained throughout. I am actually not going to wait to start reading book three, and I am going to delve straight in. I liked how it ended and am intrigued to see how the next book picks up that story thread. Overall a satisfying read and I just know they are going to keep getting better and better.