ARC REVIEW: The Night Stalker – by Robert Bryndza

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Title: The Night Stalker
(DCI Erika Foster #2)
Author: Robert Bryndza
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: June 2nd 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: July 8th 2016
Pages: 384
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“The world is filled with good, but it’s equally overwhelmed with bad. People who commit horror and evil. You have to concentrate on what you can do, what you can influence. The ones who you can hunt down.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I read and enjoyed the first book in the series, The Girl In The Ice, earlier this year, so when I had the chance to get a Netgalley copy of the sequel I grabbed it with both hands. And I have to say, The Night Stalker by no means suffers from the ‘weak-second-book’ syndrome. In fact, I actually grew to like the main character Erika better since the sequel doesn’t have the constant bitching between the characters that made me enjoy the first book less. Erika is without doubt a strong character and like many detective stories out there ‘damaged goods’, but really good at her job. The case she is investigating in The Night Stalker is quite different from the last one, but in a good way. I actually found the plot and plot twists to be slightly more credible this time, and the identity of the killer was definitely a surprise. The story is well written with detailed descriptions that really set the right atmosphere; the fast pace and intriguing murder case make it hard to stop reading before you reach the last page. All in all The Night Stalker is without doubt a very entertaining read for everyone who enjoys reading a good whodunit. Recommended!

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first book of this series yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

Detective Erika Foster is called to another murder scene, and what she finds isn’t pretty. The victim is a doctor and found naked in bed with his wrists bound and a plastic bag tied tight over his head. They first suspected his death might have something to do with the gay magazines they found, but that changes when a second victim is found dead in exactly the same circumstances. Erika and her team start digging deeper, but as they discover new facts about the seemingly calculated serial killer, her superiors don’t seem to like what they found. The serial killer, stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike, might be someone completely different than they originally had profiled… What links the victims to the killer? And will Erika be able to discover the truth and capture the killer when her superiors seem to ignore her findings?

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The Night Stalker turned out to be even better than the first book! Like The Girl In The Ice, this sequel is well written, full of detailed descriptions and has an intriguing plot and plot twists. It’s fast-paced and without doubt a pageturner, and even better: the bitchy characters that seemed to bother me in the first book sure seem to have calmed down a lot. I actually liked Erika a lot better in the sequel, and the plot was more credible as well. I’m hoping that there will be a third book, because I’m really enjoying this series so far!

Teaser Tuesdays #102 – July 12th: The Sister

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Books And A Beat. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

This week I’m reading one of my Netgalley reads: The Sister by Louise Jensen. So far it’s a really well written, fast-paced and intriguing read… It has an ‘unreliable narrator’ feel and the plot switches between past and present without giving you all the details straight away, but in this case it’s really well done. It definitely adds to the whole mystery around Charlie and Grace!

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My teaser (59%):

“The engine thrummed as I sat in the car checking my mirrors, making sure I hadn’t been followed, before I stepped out and hurried down the path. I was constantly edgy, jumping at the smallest of things: the tree in the front garden casting shadows in my bedroom, dogs barking.”

What are you reading right now?