ARC REVIEW: Dark Water – by Robert Bryndza

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Title: Dark Water
(DCI Erika Foster #3)
Author: Robert Bryndza

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: October 20th 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: October 17th 2016
Pages: 341

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“Erika, even cats run out of lives. Use the ones you have left wisely.”

*** 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 have been a fan of this series ever since I first read The Girl In The Ice back in April, and I’m still in awe with the fact that Robert Bryndza is able to write and publish so many quality crime thrillers in such a short time. Dark Water is already the third book in the DCI Erika Foster series, and as we have grown used to it involves yet another gruesome and complex murder mystery. The main character sure has her fair share of difficult cases! I don’t like the development in Erika’s character though. She seemed a lot less likeable in this third book, which is a shame after the improvement in The Night Stalker. The change to a different unit came as a surprise as well… I liked the dynamics she had with Peterson and Moss! Dark Water is without doubt still a fast-paced and entertaining read, although I would have liked to see less romance in the plot and I essentially thought the ‘spark’ of especially the second book was missing. The ending was a little disappointing as well: I kind of already saw the final plot twist coming…I can’t deny it was still a solid thriller read though. This third book is yet again packed with mayor plot twists and quite a few action scenes; perfect for fans of the genre and highly entertaining.

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

After a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case is stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, Detective Erika Foster orders for it to be searched. They end up finding more than they had hoped for… The drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. They are able to identify the remains quite quickly: they belong to the seven-year-old Jessica Collins, who went messing twenty-six years ago. Erika is determined to get the case and find the person who harmed the little girl all those years ago. But it isn’t easy… Erika and her team will have to try and piece together new evidence with the old, and she soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

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While I found Dark Water to be not as good as the first two books in this series, it doesn’t take away that this third book is still an excellent crime thriller on its own. It might have a few more flaws and I would have liked to see less romance, but it is without doubt fast-paced and full of action. The prose is easy to read and overall Dark Water is without doubt an entertaining read. I’ll be looking forward to the next book for sure!

WWW Wednesdays #109 – November 2nd

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m finally continuing with my last TBR jar pick The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and I’m definitely enjoying it a lot better than the first time I tried to start reading it. I’ve also picked up my Netgalley copy of No Excuses Detox by Megan Gilmore, which is turning out to be a really interesting read so far and I can’t wait to start trying out the recipes.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* I first finished The Good Sisters by Helen Phifer, which turned out to be such a great and creepy read! Definitely on the top of this year’s Halloween list; if you like a well written story with great descriptions and the right creepy atmosphere (complete with haunted convent), defiintely give this one a go. It’s brilliant!
* I then read The Scholl Case by Anja Reich-Osang, which is a true crime read about the Scholl Case where a former German mayor killed his wife. It wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, as it focused more on the history of both the mayor and his wife and the murder case was forced into the background. The whole thing read more like a historical fiction story, and I’m not sure to what level this story can actually be called ‘non fiction’. The pace was pretty slow as well…
* I then picked up Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender, mostly because I wanted to read more Halloween related books. And I really enjoyed this one! Fast-paced and just the right dose of creepy; the perfect and entertaining read for the October month. I will definitely be continuing this series soon.
* I also decided to read Sanctum by Madeleine Roux for the same reason. I had completely forgotten how good this series was! Almost no romance, a fast pace, lots of creepy scenes and the photos are a nice touch. I really enjoyed this one and I’ve moved the third book right to the top of my TBR pile as well.
* The last book I finished was Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell, a Netgalley read that didn’t turn out to be as good as I hoped it would be. I had a hard time getting a proper feel for the story and I wasn’t really convinced by the characters in general… Lucy (killer) had a lot of potential, but Ruby (detective) felt weak as a main character and I didn’t appreciate the romance or love triangle either.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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Next up are two of my pending Netgalley ARCs: The Power by Naomi Alderman and Anything For Her by Jack Jordan. I’m especially excited about the first title after I read Claire‘s review not that long ago and I can’t wait to start reading it. I also want to read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, but I need to reread Six Of Crows first so I might wait a little while longer. And my next TBR jar pick is still A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve heard so many great things about this novel that I can’t wait to finally pick it up!

ARC REVIEW: The Best Friend – by Shalini Boland

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Title: The Best Friend
Author: Shalini Boland

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: October 20th 2016
Publisher: Adrenalin Books
Finished reading: October 12th 2016
Pages: 332
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“You can’t write the script to your life. You can’t say, if I do this and this, then all these things will definitely happen. Life doesn’t work that way.”

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

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A while back I was approached by the author with the question if I wanted to read her newest psychological thriller The Best Friend. After thoroughly enjoying The Girl From The Sea back in August, you can already guess my answer! This new novel has definitely confirmed me I took the right decision when I added Shalini Boland to my list of new favorite authors. Everything about The Best Friend just works and I simply flew through the pages, sitting on the edge of my seat for the duration of the ride. This story is psychological thriller at its best! It’s a well written and fast-paced read that will keep you on edge as the many many plot twists slowly reveal themselves. The main characters might not all be completely likeable, but the character development is more than excellent. Both Louisa and Darcy are brilliant in their own way and they are probably the reason this story is as good as it is. If you are a fan of the genre, don’t miss out and add The Best Friend to your list!

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When Louisa and her husband decided to enroll their son in a private school, she didn’t know their lives were about to change forever… And not necessarily in a good way. One of the new moms takes Louisa under her wing and it seems like they are instant best friends. Darcy seems to be having the perfect life and introduces Louisa to the crowd… But is that all there is to her? Behind the perfect house, status and money, Darcy seems to be hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend’s life, strange things are starting to happen.

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Wondering what psychological thriller to read next? Look no further! The Best Friend is without doubt one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read so far this year and it will appeal to any fan of the genre. It’s a fast-paced and well written story with many plot twists, an excellent character development and just the right dose of suspense. It’s a true pageturner that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time!