Review: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

About the Book:

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?

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Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:

It is always good when a story starts out with a wickedly evil murder of a socialite in a dark and questionable location in the dregs of London.  The author immediately introduces us to this community, who the characters are, as well as how they need to survive.  After that, he craftily sets the stage, profiling the people who have nothing and those who have everything. We get an in-depth look at the police and how they deal with power, corruption and authority.

Next to enter the stage is a brazen—yet broken—and somewhat discombobulated young woman, DCI Ericka Foster, who was brought down from Manchester to lead the kidnapping/murder investigation. She was assigned to the case following a turbulent investigation which killed her husband, deeply impacting her career and her life. With her suspension withdrawn, she went back to the force to fight for what she thought was a kidnapping but which actually became a convoluted killing. But her demons are still with her from her previous case, and she is now adding to her collection of doubts in this new investigation.

The author does an excellent job describing the many different characters in the story.  All of the people are artfully depicted and Bryndza is able to seamlessly bring in details about their lives and cultures, enabling the reader to truly connect with each character.

The victim, Andrea Douglas-Brown, was a complex character with a sordid past that included many people from many walks of life. The author describes everyone’s idiosyncrasies and provides the reader the opportunity to dislike and yet empathize with each of them. Andrea’s family is just the beginning of the people we need to understand: Sir Simon Douglas-Brown (father), Linda (sister), David (brother) and fiancé Giles Osborn, in addition to friends and prostitutes.  Bryndza also brings in an intriguing web of lies that is taking place within the police station as the detectives jockey for position.

Who really did it—or did all of them play a part in the murder?

The end will shock you. If you are a crime seeker, this book is a must-read. I could not put it down.

 

 

About the Author:  Robert Bryndza is an author of crime fiction and romantic comedies.  His debut crime fiction novel, “The Girl in the Ice” was a number one best seller and sold a million copies in its first year.  He has written six crime fiction novels (2016-2018), five romantic comedies (2012-2015) and other works.  His books have sold over 3 million copies and have been translated into 29 languages.

Bryndza is British and lives in Slovakia.

 

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