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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Dark Water

Dark Water

Detective Erika Foster Book #3

ISBN: 9781786810687

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: 10/20/2016

Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. 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.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.


My Review

A special thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From Robert Bryndza, the author of The Girl In The Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third DARK WATER, in the gripping suspense series featuring the tenacious DCI Erika Foster.

“Death lies on her, like an untimely frost. Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

As the novel opens, a mysterious Prologue, Autumn 1990. A body dumped in a quarry. Someone was watching but they were unaware. 3am. Darkness thick and clammy.

What the two figures did not know, was that a reclusive old man lived by the quarry squatting in an old abandoned cottage which had almost been reclaimed by the undergrowth.

A body dropped into the water. It sank. She would lie still for years. But above her on dry land, the nightmare was only just beginning.

The man did not want trouble. He had spent his entire life trying to avoid it. He had to sneeze. They saw him. He turned to run and tripped.

Jump forward to October 2016, Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster—they were looking for ten kilos of heroin packed into a waterproof container; worth four million pounds. They had someone in custody, Jason Tyler a low- level drug dealer.

Now a drive team. Something packed in under the mud. Thirty feet down in the quarry. They found something else. A child’s skeleton. Who would dump a small child in the quarry? Gang related?

Erika was shaken to the core. She felt a pang of regret she was no longer in her old job on the Murder Investigation Team at Lewisham Row.

She was now working in conjunction with the Projects Team, fighting organized crime. It would be another officer’s job to find out how the small skeleton ended up thirty feet down in the freezing blackness.

During her time in the force, she had spent several years heading up anti-drug squads, but no matter the name or title, the war on drugs rumbled on and it would never be won. The minute one supplier was taken out there would be another to take its place.

Murderers, however, were different. You could catch them and lock them up.

With further investigation, the skeleton is confirmed that of a seven- year -old girl, Jessica Collins. The dental records and an autopsy with a small amount of bone marrow confirmed that of a girl who went missing August 7, of 1990.

What happened to Jessica Marie Collins, born April 11, 1983?

The girl had left her parent’s house to go to her school friend’s birthday party on the next street and never arrived. They never found her.

On August 25 of the same year, Trevor Marksman, a local sex offender was arrested but released four days later without charge. He had a cast-iron alibi, after being released from prison and living in a halfway house. The police inquiries continued for the next two years. No further arrests were made.

The case was unresolved. Until now. The Forensic Pathologist was keeping her in the loop. Appears the Hayes Quarry was less than two miles from where Jessica had gone missing.

Erika is more than interested in the case, even though they don’t deal with kidnap or murder. They deal with proactive contracts to kill, major drugs suppliers, multi-dimensional crime groups, including ethnically-composed gangs, and serious large-scale firearms trafficking.

She wants to solve the case since it landed in their territory. She has unique skills which would benefit a historical murder case (past books).

The original female on the case, ex DCI Amanda Baker. She was the first to be assigned to a high profile case and her work was questionable. Months leading up to the investigation, the woman had been seeing a therapist. However, unlike Baker, Erika will not crack under pressure.

A twenty-six-year-old cold case. She was someone’s daughter and Erika will not rest until she brings justice. She wants her family to be able to move on and grieve. She is assigned as the Senior Investigating Officer on the Jessica Collins Case. Her first assignment: to meet with the parents to break the news.

Plus the challenge now is greater with social media, blogs, and online forums. They were opening a Pandora’s box. However, nothing is as it appears.

Layers of complications. Something is fishy. A cover up? Was she kidnapped? Her family and the entire MET investigation. It was time to visit Amanda Baker. An affair. Erika soon learns the secrets seem to run deeper the more she looks, into this complex case.

Will Amanda with her sordid history be able to help her with a breakthrough she needs? Was this an accident? Who is all in danger of the truth coming out? Could Erika and Amanda, both targeted?

From the past to present, a web of deceit and lies, secrets, fear and desperation---slowly unraveled before reaching the final gripping conclusion. Three dead bodies and a suicide all to cover up the death of one innocent little girl.

Fans of Erika Forster and Robert Bryndza are assured to enjoy the suspenseful and intriguing ride! I also listened to the audiobook as well, narrated by Jan Cramer.

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Erika Foster Series

About the Author

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which 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, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 21 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia. Read More






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