UK Publishing Date: 12 Feb 2016. 396 Pages.
As soon as I finished The Girl in The Ice I immediately rushed off to google Robert Bryndza so that I could check out his other books. It turns out that this novel is his first crime thriller and that Mr Bryndza is more often found residing in the Chic Lit category with several romantic comedy series under his belt.
With this story you couldn’t get much further away from that genre of writing. When a young gardener finds the body of a woman underneath the ice in a frozen pond in South London DCI Erika Foster is called in to lead the investigation. The victim is a young socialite and daughter of an influential Labour peer, engaged to be married, and seemingly living the perfect life.
Erika soon finds that her investigation is being hampered by political pressures from above and when she makes a breakthrough that appears to link this death to the murders of three young prostitutes it seems to be a step too far and some people will do anything to thwart her enquiries.
It takes a little while for the book to get going. DCI Foster has a very complicated history and still suffers from nightmares and panic attacks. As she gets to grips with her new colleagues in South London the story really starts to take shape. Her colleagues are vivid, larger than life characters and it feels like this is a real contender for a TV drama series. Gritty realistic policing with a breathtakingly complex plot. I was convinced I knew who the killer was at several points in the book with the suspect changing at several points and I still got it wrong!
Really looking forward to the next book in the series.
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