Deadly Secrets (Detective Erika Foster #6) by Robert Bryndza

Deadly Secrets

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger …

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If you love mysteries and thrillers and you haven’t read the Detective Erika Foster series, you need to start reading it right away! Each novel is unique and doesn’t slow down like some series tend to.

In the 6th novel in the series, Erika gets interrupted on Christmas Day with a young woman who was killed on her front doorstep. This may seem like a straight forward case, but this young woman had a ton of secrets and made some enemies along the way. I really enjoyed this novel and was totally surprised at the end of the novel when the killer was revealed.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Another great novel in the series! I’m sad that I have caught up with the series, so will need to be on the lookout for when the next novel gets released!

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Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster #5) by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood
When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. 

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

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Oh how I love this series. Just when you think you have it figured out, Bryndza throws something way out of left field and it changes everything!

I was a bit disappointed in the first half of the novel when a lot of the plot was focused on Nina and Max, our Bonnie and Clyde duo. I really like thrillers that surprise me with who the killer was and I was worried that the surprise factor was gone.

Boy was I wrong. Just past the midpoint of the novel, the novel shifts to present day and it is thrilling! I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was surprised by the ending of the novel and how Erika and team discovered the key link.

It’s best to go into the novel, without reading the back of the novel. When I finished reading the book, I realized that the back blurb goes into events that were in the last 70% of the novel.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. This series has no signs of slowing down! This is a series that mystery fans don’t want to miss out on!

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Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by Robert Bryndza

Last Breath

I tend to worry when reading series that the books will start to go downhill. This isn’t the case with the Erika Foster series, as the novel tend to get better and better as the series goes on!

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

I love Erika and sometimes (well…most of the time) she doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut and stay out of it. The first part of the novel, she is sticking her nose in a case where is no longer part of the team or department. She feels a connection to the case and she won’t let it go.

Throughout the novel, the reader knows who the killer is and I felt that it took away from the surprise factor. I enjoyed getting into his mind, but it was more about seeing how Erika and her team would discover him instead of the reader finding out with them.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Love this series and can’t wait to read more about Erika and her team!

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