Shadow Sands is the second book in his new series featuring university lecturer Kate Marshall. If you haven’t read it yet please go back and find Nine Elms. You can read this as a standalone but why would you? Nine Elms is a deliciously creepy serial killer story that feeds in perfectly to this, the next installment.
Kate has been bonding with her teenage son over the holidays, taking diving lessons together. When a joint dive to a flooded village in a reservoir reveals a bloated dead body the authorities quickly label it as an accident. But the facts don’t stack up. No-one knows why he was out there in the middle of the night and why he drowned. The lad had been an olympic standard swimmer and his mother is desperately looking for answers.
As Kate and her assistant Tristan Harper start digging into events at the reservoir it soon becomes apparent that the death is not a one off but the latest in a series of unexplained incidents going back decades. When another professor at the university goes missing it looks like there could be yet another victim. Can Kate and Tristan save her before it is too late?
Bryndza further develops the very complex character of Kate in this story. As a recovering alcoholic she faces a number of struggles through the course of the book and circumstances are such that it would be very easy to succumb to the demon drink that calls out to her. Shadow Sands sees us learning a lot more about her assistant Tristan and his life and family. When he is suddenly cast by the police as a potential abductor Kate has to pull herself together to clear his name and solve the ever deepening mystery.
I’m thrilled that there are more books planned in this excellent series. It is so refreshing to have a flawed duo as the stars of the show but even more so when the lead is a brave ballsy woman who has had more than her fair share of pain and suffering. Bravo Mr Bryndza!
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UK Publication Date: Nov 3 2020. 384 pages
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