Book Review: Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

dark-waterWhat’s it about?

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.

My thoughts

I finally got to the third in the series over the Christmas holiday and read it in about 24 hours – yes, it was so good! The opening chapters raised so many questions I just couldn’t put it down – I just find investigations surrounding missing or children to be highly emotive and far more intriguing.

Again this one can be read as a standalone as the author gives us sufficient information which is newly worded and not re-hashed from the previous, so that it can be read alone but honestly it’s so much better to read from the beginning.  I was really pleased that Erika had gotten rid of the bottle and is not quite the lush in her personal life.  I particularly enjoyed the “coffee scene” with the slight injection of humour; her being torn between her guilt and memories over Mark but it made me happy that she is trying to move her life forward.

As far as the police procedural is concerned, you can’t fault the author’s attention to detail.  Nothing is spared and because of this you feel totally wrapped up in the investigation and it all feels totally realistic.  Although I do find Erika somewhat manipulative so she gets what she wants and sees no issue with going over her initial superior’s head – is it just me or is she justified?

The pace of the book is relentless, you just have to keep reading until its gripping and satisfying conclusion.  This one was the best one so far for me and I’m looking forward to number 4!

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Author links: Website | Twitter

Small print for info
Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 366
Publisher: Bookouture

p.s as a side note which I didn’t want to include in main review as this may well have been corrected or I may have misunderstood, but I think there was a slight error in the ARC timeline.  Jessica was  initially reported as missing at 4.30pm when her parents go to the birthday party to collect her, but later in the book it says that the party host rang her parents at 3.30pm to ask where she was? I can’t be sure if it was an error or intentional to show how witnesses can have contrasting versions.

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