The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #1)
394 pages | Published February 12th, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
In THE GIRL IN THE ICE, the first book in Bryndza’s crime series, we follow detective Erika Foster as she is called to lead a Missing Person investigation. She had been absent from her job in the police force after a mission that went wrong and resulted in some deaths and injuries, but it was decided that she would come back to solve this case. She then starts to investigate the disappearance of Andrea, who belongs to an important English family, and whose father is a Lord. Meanwhile, a young man finds a body in the gardens of the Horniman Museum, where he works, and the story unravels from there.
Erika had never lost the feeling that viewing a body was almost abstract; theatrical.
Behold the first five-star read of 2019! I admit it, I have completely surrendered to the wonders of Robert Bryndza’s writing. I went into THE GIRL IN THE ICE with high expectations, as everyone raves about this series, and I was gladly not disappointed. The writing is incredibly compelling and addictive, and I was so engrossed in the story that I barely annotated the book like I usually do – all I wanted was to keep reading and to find out what would happen next.
Although the majority of the book is told from the perspective of detective Erika, there are also several chapters that are narrated by the killer, who also has a fascinating stalker side. Speaking of which, this stalker is a very interesting figure – they literally mock the police the whole time, and get so close to detective Erika that they’re able to slide a note into her pocket without her noticing… talk about living on the edge 😅
Just like what happens in CLOSE TO HOME, we are dealing with a very popular investigation, though for different reasons in both books. Here, the popularity is due to the fame and importance of Andrea’s family, as well as the scandals that involve them. To worsen the exploration of this case by the media, details regarding Andrea’s personal and intimate life are revealed, which unleash a lot of controversy and judgment since she was not exactly the poster child of a prestigious family.
‘You’re going up against powerful people here, and the odds are not in your favour.’
‘Sounds very Hunger Games…’
The plot that Bryndza develops in THE GIRL IN THE ICE is brilliantly thought-out and executed. I was completely blown away when I finally found out what had happened. You know when you suspect everyone and their mother, but not the culprit? That’s what happened to me during this read – Bryndza really knows what he’s doing, I was totally blind sighted 😁
Aside from the investigation, we also follow detective Erika’s own life as she deals with the ghosts of her past. Like any good detective in a crime novel, she has a dark past and underwent traumatic events that she has a very hard time dealing with and overcoming the pain that they bring upon her. Her pain, however, was almost palpable, and there is a scene near the end of the book that left me teary-eyed and completely heartbroken because her pain is just so deep 😢
It was the last photo taken of Mark alive. Above it was written in red marker pen: YOU’RE JUST LIKE ME, DCI FOSTER. WE’VE BOTH KILLED FIVE