Book Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

What’s it about?

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. 

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

My thoughts

I do really enjoy this series so shame on me for leaving it so long to read it because when I did I read it in a few days! The pace of the books in this series is just relentless.

Again, this one can be read as a standalone as the author gives us sufficient information which isn’t re-hashed from the previous, but honestly, it’s so much better to start from the beginning as you’ll get so much more insight into Erika.

You can’t fault the author’s attention to detail with the police procedural either – nothing is spared and because of this you feel totally wrapped up in the investigation and it all feels totally realistic.  I still find Erika somewhat manipulative but she does seem to have calmed down a bit this time even though, in my opinion, she still drinks too much!

I liked the alternating chapters between the investigation and the killer.  I like understanding what motivates ordinary people to do these horrific things, however I don’t like knowing too early who it is.  For me, it then drags a little and becomes a question of time before they’re caught.  You know with Columbo, you know from the first few minutes who’s getting it and who’s doing it, and then it’s all about the little mind games Columbo plays.  I think I prefer knowing straight away or a huge reveal at the very end – imho!! 😉

But this one was the best one so far for me (I think I said that last time too!), just as gritty and perverse as the others and I’m eager to crack on to number 6!  Hopefully Peterson will be back to full duty in the next book and back with Erica and Moss as they make a cracking team and I’d love to see them on the telly! 🙂

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author links: Website | Twitter

Small print for info
Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 356
Publisher: Bookouture

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