When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
Detective Erika Foster is beautifully written and fantastically flawed. She’s smart yet she often acts before she thinks. She’s brave yet she’s plagued by nightmares. She’s strong yet she continuously has the mess kicked out of her.
She is such a complex yet realistic woman that I was shocked to see she’d been written by a man (I apologize if that is sexist). At no point did I have to stop and question whether she was truly acting the way a woman would act in any given situation.
Bryndza does an excellent job not only in creating a believeable female character, but he weaves such a rusted story that even the most avid crime fiction fan will not see that ending coming.