DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Bookouture, June 2nd, 2016
DCI Erika Foster is summoned to investigate the murder of a well-known physician, but things aren't adding up. The killer left very little evidence at the crime scene and there's very few leads for her to go on. But when a second murder victim is found a few days later, killed identically to the first, she begins to realize there's a serial killer on the loose. The victims are both single men and well known to the community but again, very little evidence can be found. Frustrated, Erika begins to dig deeper but is surprised when she gets push back from her own force. Everything takes a turn for the worse when the Night Stalker reaches out and contacts Erika. Is she the next victim?
As far as murder mysteries go, this one has everything you could want. Good plot, lots of suspense, twists and turns, and everything in between. However, as good as the beginning was, and as nerve-wracking as the ending felt, the middle just felt stretched out and overstayed its welcome. But certainly don't let that deter you from picking up this book. The ending more than makes up for this with its fast pacing, action packed conclusion.
My Kindle told me that I was exactly 51% finished with the book when the murderer was revealed. I wasn't sure why the author decided to reveal this so early in the book and having finished the book, I'm still not sure. Even though you find out the murderer pretty early, there's still a lot that Bryndza keeps from the reader until the very end. So if its suspense you want, you'll certainly find it here.
There's a back story to DCI Erika Foster that I'm sure is discussed in the first book - one that I haven't read. I would imagine it would make this book a little more satisfying to understand what Erika has gone through in the past, so if you're considering reading this book, maybe start with Book 1: "The Girl in the Ice". Also, being an American, there were a few terms I was unfamiliar with but that definitely didn't keep me from enjoying this book.
If you're looking for a good murder mystery, this is one to pick up.
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