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.
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.
It is very rare that I am at a loss for words when it comes to writing reviews for books but Dark Waters has left me speechless. It just has the perfect crime thriller written all over it.
I always wonder how an author who writes a series of books can possibly up their game and make their latest novel even better than the last one. Well being the third in the series, all I can say is that with Dark Waters, Robert Bryndza has only gone and scored himself a hat trick as well as kicking the ball out of the stadium!
Erika, even though I took to her straight away in The Girl In The Ice, she just seems to grow on me more and more. At first she was a bit of an ice queen and to a lot of her colleagues she probably still is, but she seems to be thawing ever so slightly and it’s like being reunited with a dear friend.
Having got the evidence they need to prosecute a drug dealer, thanks to the police diving team, Erika stumbles across the remains of a young child. Being as stubborn as ever, she is determined to be in charge of the case and follow it through.
You have to love Erika’s determination, she knows she is good at her job and she doesn’t care if she treads on peoples toes to get the cases she wants. I think with it being a child, it makes the whole investigation a lot more personal for the team, especially with some of the pedophiles that they come across. It certainly made for some uncomfortable reading in parts.
Dark Waters is without a doubt a gripping and an edge of your seat read. It made my heart and pulse race with every page I turned. It is one of those books that when you finish, you sit back and just think, wow! There is just so much more I want to say but I think I will just end up gushing and not do this fantastic book the justice it deserves.
An outstanding read by an author who is one of my firm favourites.
My thanks to Kim at Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Dark Waters is out on the 20th of October and available to purchase from Amazon.