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review 2020-05-09 03:49
BR Kingsolver: Night Stalker
Night Stalker - BR Kingsolver

This is the second book in the series, so you will want to read the first book Shadow Hunter, its a really good read and highly recommend it, to understand the basic elements and characters of this book.

BR Kingsolver is back with the next installment in her Rosie O'Grady's Paranormal Bar and Grill series and this time is it the Vampires think Erin holds the key to the city:

Erin just wants to attempt to find out what a normal life is like, but it seems like that is going to have to be put on hold, when a new Vampire shows up in town and believes that Erin is the Key to taking the city. Minus the fact that Erin and the vampire have crossed paths before, Erin has to watch her step every bit along the way to hope that the Illuminati do not discover that she is still alive. Erin's going to need all her skills and her friends at O'Grady's in order to come out of this feud alive.

I enjoyed this book but I do not think that it was as good as the first. This book followed a similar format and lacked some of the imagination in the plot that occurred in the first book, the only real difference in this one is that the Vampire politics that were somewhat dealt with in the first book are now front and center here. And as in the first book, people want Erin to help solve their problems, she says No and then she ends up being pulled anyways in one way or another. If you read the first book this will all sound so familiar.

I still like Erin as a character, and we get to see even more of her extremely cool ley line magic and some additional moves that she has. I felt that Erin became a bit too acclimatized to her new friends and city. I miss they mystery that surrounded her and what she can do, she just seems too willing at times to show it off. Her love life is the exception to this acclimatization, the romance that Kingsolver attempted to have within this book is laughable but I feel like it was on purpose as Erin has never had a boyfriend before. If it wasn't on purpose, then yeah I just don't know then.

I really enjoy the world that Kingsolver has built very the past two books, and that it is even expanded upon within this novel. I like that they are separate and try to hide from the humans, but you can tell this is becoming more and more of a struggle for them. Plus I love Grady's, honestly I want to go have a pint of something from there.

Where Kingsolver also excels in the creation of her secondary character. There are so many different types of paranormals within this world as well as a whole bunch of personalities that any of them could be featured in a spin off series. Like one about Sam before he became to owner of O'Grady's for example, that could be Epic.

While I do not think that this book was as good as the first (really the first blew me away as it was so unexpected), I still enjoyed reading this book. I like the characters and world that Kingsolver has created. I'll be picking up the third book in this series.

Enjoy!!!

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review 2020-04-23 08:55
Good story, sharp dialogue
The Essence of Darkness - Tom Clearlake

FBI agent Eliott Cooper is tasked with finding 5 children who have disappeared in similar circumstances in a dark and mysterious wooded location. What starts out as a simple detective story explodes in the most unexpected way introducing elements of horror, science fiction and ancient rituals culminating in a human crisis…”a secret that has remained hidden for thousands of years”…A very enjoyable first novel, with an excellent translation from the original French, and boasting some stand out snappy dialogue….”The scent of the woods that filled his lungs was intoxicating and he relished it”…..”Evil took root and spread in the night. The moon rose majestically” ……”All life seemed to be missing from the woods as if death itself held these places in the palm of its hand and was blowing macabre silence from its withered mouth”……..

Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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review 2016-12-05 14:26
The Night Stalker - Robert Bryndza

The 2nd book featuring feisty Erika Foster as she races around trying to catch The Night Stalker who has a list of people who need to die and this person is determined that they will. Once again Erika rubs people up the wrong way and only her closest colleagues get a glimpse of the real woman hiding beneath her armour. Despite the fact that she's a bit of a fag ash Lil and a maverick I did warm to her. This was a great way to pass the time, racing through the pages to discover the outcome. A good thriller which attention grabbed from the start. Hope Erika will be back soon!

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review 2016-06-07 08:00
Blog Tour for The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza - my review
The Night Stalker: A chilling serial killer thriller (Detective Erika Foster Book 2) - Robert Bryndza

From the phenomenal No.1 bestselling author Robert Bryndza comes the second heart-racing, electrifying thriller in the Detective Erika Foster series.

Already a top 20 ebook bestseller with over 60,000 pre-orders sales.

UK: http://amzn.to/1pLtbYX

US: http://amzn.to/1WqsTkE

 

Published by: Bookouture (2nd June 2016)

 

ISBN: 9781786810052

 

Source: Netgalley

 

My rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. 

 

Review:

Wow! Where do I begin? I'm in a bit of a daze after finishing this book in just one sitting - I simply couldn't put it down! Robert Bryndza's writing style is intelligent and his storytelling compelling. I was drawn in from the very outset and swept along on the white water raft that is The Night Stalker, clinging on for dear life through the twists and turns until I was flung out at the conclusion, utterly spent.

 

I really like that we get to know who the killer is at the beginning of the book and so have some understanding of why they kill and how they pick their victims. Their reasoning is kind of understandable - in a strange way, I actually had some empathy for the killer!

 

Detective Erika Foster is one of my favourite detectives. She's feisty yet flawed, as are all the best detectives, and it's most definitely to her advantage as she pursues the answers even when she is removed from the case for personal reasons.

 

Although this is the second book in the Detective Foster series, it reads well as a stand alone, so it's not essential to read the first book prior to this one, but I do recommend The Girl in the Ice, as it's simply a fantastic read.

 

I wholeheartedly recommend The Night Stalker to fans of crime fiction and police procedurals. I cannot wait to see what awaits Detective Foster in her next case!

 

Special thanks to Bookouture, Robert Bryndza and Netgalley for providing an ARC in return for my honest review.

 

About Robert Bryndza

Originally from the UK, Rob lives in Slovakia 
with his Slovak husband and their two crazy dogs. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten by the writing bug in his mid-twenties and hasn’t looked back. His debut novel, The Not
 So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard became
 an Amazon bestseller, and has grown to be a best selling series of five books.

In addition to his recent number one romantic comedy Miss Wrong and Mr Right, Rob is excited to embrace the darker side of life, writing his first crime thriller series. He is currently writing the third book in the Detective Erika Foster series, which will be released in September 2016.

Get in touch with Robert here -

www.facebook.com/bryndzarobert
www.twitter.com/RobertBryndza
www.robertbryndza.com

 

About The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1)

  • Over 565,000 copies sold
  • #1 Amazon US

  • #2 Amazon UK

  • #1 Amazon Canada
  • #1 Amazon Australia

  • #1 Amazon Netherlands

  • Top 100 Amazon France, Spain and India
  • #2 Wall Street Journal Best-sellers

  • #3 USA Today Best-sellers

 

Catch the rest of the blog tour here!

 

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review 2014-04-01 00:00
The Night Stalker
The Night Stalker - Philip Carlo At times a little overly dramatic in telling - the subject matter itself was more than dramatic enough - but well researched and certainly had me double-checking the locks before bed.
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