Published by: Bookouture (12th February 2016)
Source: ARC from publisher, via NetGalley
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?
When this book appeared on NetGalley and I saw it was published by Bookouture, I couldn't resist it. I've read so many brilliant books and been introduced to such fantastic authors whose work is published by Bookouture, they are, without doubt, my new favourite publisher! But I digress...
A seemingly isolated murder introduces us to Detective Erika Foster. Another strong yet vulnerable female in a lead role? Yes. A run of the mill story? Not on your life! Robert Bryndza's intelligent writing and impeccable attention to detail had me mesmerized from the very start. The placement of the victim beneath the ice is unusual and one I like. The difficulties arising from this, coupled with the intense pressure Erika feels due to both professional and deeply personal issues make this such a gripping read.
Fans of police procedural and crime drama by Caroline Mitchell, Angela Marsons and Sarah Hilary will no doubt devour The Girl in the Ice as I did, and with very good reason...it's outstanding!