Thursday, 2 June 2016

Book Review - The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

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Title: The Night Stalker
Author: Robert Bryndza
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 2nd June 2016
Rating: 4 Stars 

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead… 

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. 

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. 

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer? 

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line. 

DCI Erika Foster is back, in another chilling tale, with a new serial killer to catch, known in the press as The Night Stalker.  Although I really enjoyed the book, I didn't feel it was as gripping as The Girl in the Ice, possibly because the readers find out who the murderer is really early on and the motivations, and it all seemed quite understandable. 

I know I shouldn't be feeling slightly sorry for a serial killer, but in this case, I did a bit. Erika has some fabulous instincts but I wouldn't want to work in her precinct, as her colleagues seem to be very judgemental.

DCI Erika Foster reminds me a bit of Marnie Rome from Sarah Hilary's books and Kim Stone in Angela Marson's books in that she is a strong determined detective, has brilliant intuition about cases and doesn't necessarily follow all of the commands from her superiors. This may only be the second book in the series, but I feel she could have a long career ahead of her, so long as her temper doesn't get the better of her. 

The nature of the crimes aren't too violent, and there are details in the similarities between the various deaths that are interesting, and the first time I've read a book featuring that particular murder method, although what that says for the author's frame of mind I have no idea. 

If you are looking for a new crime series to get behind then this is a great choice, as I suspect it will go from strength to strength, and I look forward to reading future books in the series. 

Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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