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Friday, January 12, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @bookouture

SERIES: Detective Erika Foster, Book #1
AUTHOR: Robert Bryndza
NARRATOR: Jan Cramer
PUBLISHER: Bookouture
PUBLICATION DATE: February 12, 2016
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 10 hrs and 7 mins
GENRE: Mystery/Police Procedural
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?

A pause-resisting thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today.

MY REVIEW:

This start to a new police procedural series has hooked me, and I already purchased the next three audiobooks in the series and can't wait to read more!

As you can see from the title and the cover, a young girl is found in the ice. She had been reported missing four days earlier, and she was violently attacked and killed. DCI Erika Foster from Manchester Metropolitan Police is called in to lead the investigation because of her experience. 

Foster uncovers similar attacks on other women, which were cold cases that were previously unconnected. This puts her in jeopardy, and she has to figure out who the killer is before he gets to her.

On a personal level, Foster has returned to work following a leave of absence after the death of her husband who was working a case with her. She still suffers from nightmares, and the guilt gnaws at her. She's definitely a flawed and broken character, which makes her a great heroine!

Bryndza is new to me, and I really enjoyed this one! As Foster investigates the crime, more and more layers are added to the story. There were lots of interesting characters, and I especially liked Detective Moss and her loyalty to Foster. I hope we see more of her in the next book in the series.

This book was narrated by Jan Cramer, and I really enjoyed her. She was a pleasure to listen to, and I thought her voice suited the characters very well. Here is a sample of the narration:




MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy mysteries and/or police procedurals.

This book qualifies as:
#1 for my 2018 Audiobook Challenge
#2 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018
#1 for my The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge
#2 for my 2018 Reading Assignment Challenge
#3 for my 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge
#2 for my The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
#3 for my New Authors 2018 Reading Challenge
#3 for my 2018 Try Something New Challenge
#3 for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
#3 for my Blydyn Square Books 2018 Reading Challenge
#3 for my 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge
#3 for my Full House Reading Challenge 2018
#3 for my GWB Book Bingo 2018
Task #59 for my 2018 Reading Challenge (Linz the Bookworm)
#3 for my Ivyclad Bingo 2018
#1B for my Monthly Keyword Challenge
#1 for my What's In A Name 2018
Bonus #1B for my 2018 Literary Escapes Challengee
#A3 for my Good Rule Reading Challenge
#3 for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
#3 for my 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge
#2 for my Cloak and Dagger Challenge
#11 for my Bookish Bingo Winter 2017-18
#2 for my COYER Winter Switch
Task #1 for my Goodreads Winter Scavenger Challenge: Northern Lights
#3 for my Chapter Break Bingo January 2018

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