ARC Review: Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3) by Robert Bryndza

dark-waterBlurb (from goodreads)

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.

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.


Dark Water is the third book in the DCI Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza. The other two books are The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker. I really enjoyed both books so I was elated when I saw Bryndza’s newest book on NetGalley.

The story revolves around the investigation on the skeletal remains mentioned in the blurb. This is one of the toughest cases that Erika has investigated. The remains are of a child which makes the case more morose. The child has been missing for twenty-six year and for the first time, our favourite DCI is not sure if she can solve the case. Cold cases are usually complex but this one was just really tough.

At first, I was disappointed to learn that Erika was now at a new police post and so her team was not around anymore. There were a number of new characters. However, I don’t want to spoil this for anyone so read the book and find out how this works out.

I liked Erika as the MC in this case. Unlike the other two books, there is not too much drama involving hostility from other detectives. Erika was brilliant, feisty and this time round, she was more in touch with her emotions. She formed deeper connections with other characters. The only thing that I didn’t like is that she had some really bitchy moments. This could have been caused by the stress of the investigation but she was so serious and somewhat snappy at times.

dark-water-screen-shotDark Water by Robert Bryndza is a fast-paced thriller with so many twists and red herrings that will reel you in and keep you at the edge of your seat up to the last page. The suspense was so good that I couldn’t put down the book until I got all answers. The story is also quite unpredictable. I thought I knew who the villains were but I was so wrong. The final twist caught me off guard. The characters are more twisted and the tension was high throughout the story. The whole narrative is like a jigsaw puzzle that comes together piece by piece.

If you like good psychological thrillers then this one is for you. Robert Bryndza has amazing books. I definitely recommend that you get all three books although Dark Water can still be read as a standalone. However, you will enjoy it even more if you read the whole series. Bryndza’s writing is brilliant and this series is the best that I have ever read in crime fiction. All the books are addictive and so compelling and they get better with each new one. Bryndza is now one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait for his next book.

 Fast-paced, thrilling and unputowdable, everything that makes a thriller great!

About the book

  • Title: Dark Water
  • Author: Robert Bryndza
  • Series: The Girl in the Ice (book 1), The Night Stalker (book 2), Dark Water(Book 3)
  • Publishers: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 20th October 2016
  • Source: NetGalley
  • My Rating: 5 stars!

 About the Robert Bryndza(from goodreads)

 Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series.

The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, is available to pre-order and will be released October 20th 2016. Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 18 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

You can find out more about the author at and on Twitter @RobertBryndza. Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here:



13 thoughts on “ARC Review: Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3) by Robert Bryndza

    1. Did you like the first one? If you did then you should definitely check out the other two. The second one is my favourite but all are good.

  1. Glad you enjoyed. I found it the weakest of the three but it’s just a personal taste thing. I quite liked the arguments in the previous books and would rather Erika was less emotional. Probably says more about me than the book 🙂

    1. lol I get what you mean. My only issue with this one was that Erika was a bit too snappy and angry. In as much as the case was tough, her attitude was quite off. Otherwise I enjoyed all three and Night Stalker was definitely my favourite one:-)

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