Title: Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3)
Author: Robert Bryndza
Published by: Bookouture
Synopsis: Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning. When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago. As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on. Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.
Opinion (may contain spoilers):
The first book I read of Robert Bryndza was "The Girl in The Ice" and I was absolutely blown away by it. I didn't had the chance to read "The Night Stalker" yet. But as soon as I had the opportunity to read "Dark Water", I just couldn't control myself! I had to read it right away! And a few days after starting it, I reached it's ending! And needless to say, I found it incredibly amazing!
"Dark Water" is the third book of the "DCI Erika Foster" series and, this time, it was based on a cold case! I found it really interesting because, in cases like this, the detectives don't have a lot to work with based on the bodies and such. So, they have to find different ways to get to the truth.
Back to the book, when Erika Foster is searching an old quarry for drugs connected to a case she is responsible for, they find something else more intriguing: a big quantity of wrapped plastic. And inside, they found what looked like a skeleton of a young child. After some lab work and research, Erika and her team found out that that small skeleton was, once, a sweet 7-year-old girl named Jessica Collins. She disappeared in August of 1990 and has been missing for 26 years.
Although the police had arrested a man for the incident, they hadn't got solid proves against him and had to release him. And, since now, the case had remained unsolved. But Erika and her team are determined to change that status! In spite of having a lot of documents and stuff from the old investigation, Erika wanted to start all over again! They went all over those paper and started interviewing people again and trying to remake Jessica's and her family's steps during the day she disappeared.
At some point, Erika was feeling like she wasn't going to solve this case. There were a loads of blank spaces. Jessica's family looked like they were holding something back, the neighbours claimed they didn't see anything that day and then some people tried to sabotage her investigation. But, eventually and with the help of the previous detective in charge of the case back in 1990, Erika and her team will eventually realize that the guilty ones were closer that she thought!
It was great to see the whole team back together! It is obvious that they can't function without each other! Every single one of them as a task and knows what to do and it's fantastic to see this incredible team work! And needless to say, the little romance between Petterson and Erika was amazing to see! They do deserve it!
The plot was really intriguing and complex and, although some lives were put down during the investigation, it just made the story more interesting! I just couldn't stop reading it and put it down! This story is absolutely compelling and gripping that draw me immediately in the first pages. There was suspense, tension and action and it was amazing!
I absolutely love it! Can't wait for the next one!
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.