I devour books. Sometimes one or two 300+ page novels in a week. At any one time, I’ll be reading 4-5 novels simultaneously. I’m a bit ADHD that way. So it takes quite a lot for me to stick with one book and finish it from cover to cover in a matter of days. If I’m not drawn by the characters or the plot within a few chapters, I’ll stop reading. Another thing, I almost exclusively read mystery/thrillers and romance novels. This week, I’ve been on a thriller binge. My latest obsession: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza. Published in February 2016 by Bookouture (one of my fave publishers), this book has been on the bestseller list for 6 months and has over 5100 reviews on Amazon US and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars.
Clearly, this book was something worth checking out. And at $0.99, it was a one-click, no-brainer purchase. Boy, am I glad I read this book.
Bryndza is a new author for me. The Girl in the Ice kickstarts his Detective Erika Foster novels. The book is 396 pages, and I finished it in about a week. The protagonist, Erika Foster, is a DCI suffering from the recent loss of her husband. She returns to work after an extended leave and heads a murder investigation while haunted by memories of her husband, Mark, and her guilt.
The victim, Andrea’s body is found in a frozen pond beside a museum. She is a wealthy, beautiful girl who comes from an elite family with heavy political ties. Erika must piece together the scattered clues all the while facing uncooperative and unreliable witnesses, loss of evidence, bureaucratic red-tape and heat from the higher ups. Meanwhile, the killer watches from afar…I enjoyed the scenes from the killer’s point of view, and how even the gender of ‘the figure’ was hidden until the very end.
This book is fast-paced, gripping, and an insane page-turner. Erika is a strong, brave detective who beats the odds and whose determination to solve the case has readers rooting for her all the way. Erika’s pluck and her willingness to skirt the rules makes her a successful DCI. Of course, the case is also very intricate, with many overlapping layers that are peeled back like an onion over the course of the novel. The ending, of course, was nothing less than shocking. It was a huge plot twist I did not see coming. At all. This book managed to grab me by the throat until the very last page, and for that, I give it a 5/5 stars.
If you haven’t read this book yet, here’s the link:
Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B019G6DSDE
Also, don’t forget to check out book 2, The Night Stalker and book 3, Dark Water (coming in October).