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Book Review: Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

It’s no secret I am a HUGE fan of Detective Series books and after having binged my way through M J Arlidge, Helen Grace series, followed by Angela  Marsons’ Kim Stone, I desperately needed another Detective series fix – I discovered Robert Bryndza, Erika Foster series. Although this book could be read as a stand alone … I really recommend you do read them all in order. In each book you discover more about the characters, delve into their backgrounds and get to understand what makes them tick, their relationships and in turn how this then affects the way they examine/ investigate cases and interact with each other So for those of you who are new to Erika Foster, go start at the beginning with The Girl in the Ice, you will not be disappointed.

Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

Genre: Fiction/Crime Fiction/Crime, Thriller & Mystery

BUG Rating: 5/5

Overall: Another heart stopping thriller with dramatic twists from Robert Bryndza. Detective Erika Foster is back and is on the hunt for a clever killer who’s signature disguise is a gas mask – really making this already terrifying story even more sinister. I felt totally immersed in this book, as if I was part of the team, helping (attempting!) to resolve the crime and bring the murderer to justice. Erika’s character continues to be explored and understood a bit more in this book, along with that of Peterson and Moss – who is even given a bit more limelight in this instalment. Robert has really nailed it yet again, delivering on a captivating, gripping and chilling thriller. Fingers crossed for a book 7!

Don’t underestimate how stupid people can be.

Plot:


To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off from her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black, wearing a gas mask. 

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman. 

Yet, just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger… 


Deadly Secrets is book 6 in Robert Bryndza’s Detective Erika Foster series and was on my list of most anticipated/watch out for, after the epicness of book 5, Cold Blood. 

The book follows Erika who, on Christmas Day, happens upon an active crime scene of a beautiful burlesque dancer, who’s body was found blood soaked outside her mother’s front porch. At the same time, there were a number of other crimes being reported in the area of attacks by a man wearing a gas mask, which ultimately led Erika to draw a link and believe the crimes were related.

The storyline was gripping and chilling. I don’t want to give away too much – Robert has yet again managed to create a masterpiece, giving enough vivid, and gory details but still leaving so much to the imagination. Masks at the best of times, creep me out. But this was a whole other level – I remember actually feeling scared and double checking my cupboards and windows before going to bed!!

Deadly Secrets has a far from predictable outcome, it has an abundance of twists and turns which left me on the edge of my seat and still guessing right to the very end. 

In terms of the characters, all our beloved favourites from the previous instalments are there. As with all Robert’s books, each one brings us a bit closer to know the characters more intimately. I won’t be doing any retrospective book reviews on Robert’s books; I didn’t take notes and I don’t feel,now time has passed, that I will be able to accurately portray all my thoughts. However, I do want to touch on the development of Erika’s character. At the beginning of the series, Erika is very much a closed book, we get snippets of her backstory and feelings in each book as we delve deeper into ‘Who is Erika Foster’ from the guilt she carries for the death of her husband, the inability to create new attachments easily, the bottling up, to her evolving relationships with the team, notably Moss and Peterson. 

As with the previous books, the Moss and Peterson (and even Isaac) characters continue to be explored throughout Deadly Secrets. Some elements I find frustrating with Peterson, but then I guess a lot of my qualms are driven off Erika’s personality, and just the way she is coming to terms with and accepting the loss of her husband. Moss is a joy – I love how we are getting more from her in each instalment, she is really becoming the closest thing Erika has to a friend. The duo have great dynamics and Moss is somewhat comical and I love how Robert has managed to bring this element to the book despite the horrific and gruesomeness of the storyline.

Well done Robert for yet another fantastic book. I am really looking forward to seeing how the personalities continue to develop in the next instalment and what terrifying case the team have to solve next – I do hope there will be one! 


1 Comment

  • Inge | The Belgian Reviewer
    February 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Great review! I haven’t read this one yet but I hope to continue the series soon!

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