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review 2017-08-04 00:34
The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
The Night Stalker: A chilling serial killer thriller (Detective Erika Foster Book 2) - Robert Bryndza

The Night Stalker is the Book 2 in Robert Bryndza’s Detective Erika Foster series.

A shadowy figure creeps upon a house in London seeking retribution against the man within.  We bear witness to Dr. Gregory Munro’s killer in action.  Four days later his mother enters the house and find’s her son’s dead body with a plastic bag over his head.  

 

Detective Erika Foster is called to the murder scene, a scene that appears to be a sex crime.  When another just like it follows, indications are that there is a cold-blooded serial killer on the loose and Erika and her team must figure out what these murders have in common. 

      

Erika is a tough, uncompromising detective who will get the killer at any cost and her determined doggedness doesn’t always go over well with her boss or her peers.  She is once again put on notice about not doing thing’s the department’s way.  Despite rubbing people the wrong way, she will continue to lay both her job and her life on the line to catch the killer. 

 

When we first met Erika in the first book, she was freshly grieving over the death of her husband Mark and just returning to work.  Erika’s grief for Mark is still very present and she agonizes over it in more detail, all the while still blaming herself.  This also enables us to get more of a glimpse into her past and how Mark’s killing went down. 

 

Robert Bryndza is such a good writer and he is definitely making a name for himself with this series.  The twists and turns don’t let up and keep you guessing to the end.  He has also done some nice work on the character development here.  In the end the characters are what makes or breaks a series.  We learn a bit more about Crane, Moss, Peterson, Marsh, Stark, and Isaac Strong.  Erika is getting to know each of them and so are we.  She is beginning to foster friendship, loyalty, respect, and of course some antagonism.  Each of the afore-mentioned supporting characters is sketched in further and one of them even becomes a prime suspect in the killings. 

 

I want to thank the publisher (Bookouture) for providing me with the ARC through NetGalley for an honest review. 

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review 2017-05-29 13:40
Last Breath: A gripping serial killer th... Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster) (Volume 4) - Robert Bryndza

Be very careful if you arrange to meet someone you've chatted to online as you just don't know who will turn up - the man of your dreams or an evil monster! After a spell away, pushing paper around DCI Erika Foster is back to lead the team, hunting for a sadistic killer of several young women. She's still pushy and opinionated but that's all part of her "charm!". I love her commitment to finding the murderer, who is a rather nasty specimen and has absolutely nothing going for him. This book is like a bike going up and down a hill - starts slowly and then picks up speed especially on the downward stretch. I raced through to see how it would all end and it certainly didn't disappoint - just hope my next book will be as good as this!

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review 2017-05-02 12:43
This just wasn't that funny.
The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard: A Funny, Feel-Good Romantic Comedy - Robert Bryndza

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with the book, it just wasn't that funny.

The structure with the e-mails was ok, but the comedy factor was just too low.

It had some good moments, but Coco never really grew on me and some of the jokes really felt flat, some slapsticky, and sometimes Coco was just embarrassing.

Also a lot of cliches...

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review 2017-04-06 15:07
Last Breath
Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) - Robert Bryndza

When the body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first on the scene, even though it's not her case. While Erika tries her hardest to be a part of the team officially, she can't help but get involved beforehand. She finds a link between the woman left in the dumpster and an unsolved murder of another young woman whose body was also found in a dumpster four months earlier and had the exact same wounds including the fatal incision to their femoral artery. Erika is finding this case tough to crack - the killer is stalking his victims online using a fake identity and a VPN. Another girl has been abducted and now Erika and her team have to figure out the killer's identity before he can kill again.

This is another compelling book in the Erika Foster series. As always Erika is strong and determined. She's not afraid to speak her mind and do whatever it takes to catch the killer. However, I'm not crazy about the romance part of her life. I liked the killer's point-of-view and his use of social media. This book may be a reminder for some who share a bit too much in their social media lives that we don't always know who we're talking to online and to be careful.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book.

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review 2017-04-01 11:47
Review: Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by Robert Bryndza
Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) - Robert Bryndza

Published by: Bookouture (12 April 2017)

 

Source: NetGalley

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

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.

 

Review:

 

Erika Foster is one of my favourite fictional characters, so everything else stops when Robert Bryndza's latest novel to feature the detective hits my kindle.

 

Erika can't resist sticking her nose into the case, despite it being nothing to do with her. This doesn't endear her to her superiors, so there's an element of friction that's always underlying when she's sneaking around looking for ways to link the murders or searching for clues. 

 

This is a gripping read from the very outset; the author has a brilliant way of grabbing your complete attention, leaving you powerless to look away until you've read the very last page. The only downside is that it's over far too quickly and then it's an agonising wait until the next book in the series is released! 

 

Thanks to Robert Bryndza, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest review.

 

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