At the end of The Night Stalker Erika Foster was disillusioned by her lack of career progression and as this book opens she has moved to another area and is now working on a different team trying to put away a big time drug dealer. They have a tip off that there is a substantial amount of cocaine being stored at the bottom of a local lake – an old gravel pit. Erika sends in the police divers to search the water. Finding the drugs is a big coup in her attempts to redeem herself but they also find something else. A skeleton wrapped in plastic and weighed down by chains. It is tiny, the body of a child, and Erika knows straight away that she needs to know who this was and to get justice for them.
Like the other two books in this series we keep the same main characters with Moss and Peterson being drafted in to the team to help in Bromley. DNA testing reveals that it is the body of seven year old Jessica Collins. She had gone missing on her way to her friend’s birthday party twenty six years earlier. The original investigation had focused on a paedophile safe-house nearby and Amanda Baker, the officer running the case had been vilified when one of them had been awarded substantial damages because of her actions. The case had led to her leaving the force and sinking into alcoholism.
As Erika starts picking apart the case she realises that someone out there is determined that the truth will not be told. Dark Water is a gripping read from start to finish. Erika is such a dark and complex character and we get to see a little more of her human side with the arrival of her Slovak family. I’m enjoying this series so much and can’t wait for her next adventure.
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UK Publication Date: Oct 17 2016. 366 pages.