Deadly Secrets (Detective Erika Foster #6)
by Robert Bryndza
Expected publication: April 13th 2018 by Bookouture
Genre: Adult Mystery / Thriller
In a Flutter: A heartfelt “Holy shit!”
To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.
On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?
Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.
Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.
Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…
Worldbuilding: London setting, winter Holidays.
Characters: Erika has a lot of history and is easy to empathize with. She goes through a lot in this story, and has gone through a lot more during previous stories in the series (which I didn’t read, btw – new to me series). She gave me this interesting vibe of being stuck in time, somehow frozen, while everyone around her went on with their lives. There’s something a bit broken about her, and I love that in a character.
Other characters were interesting too, like Moss for instance, and I appreciated the nod to diversity.
Plot: Marissa’s murder and the gas mask attack was an interesting and dark ride, and I had a couple of suspects in mind. I really enjoyed the investigative process. The ending is surprising, and I won’t say more than a heartfelt “Holy shit!” there.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, multi POV – which I’m not a fan of personally, but here it was necessary due to story structure.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my procedural needs.
I recommend Deadly Secrets to fans of procedurals with multi POV style which includes a bit of the culprit’s. Atmospheric and fun!
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