Today I am reviewing Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza, published by Raven Street Publishing.
How do you find a killer who has destroyed all the evidence?
Detective Erika Foster is on a late-night walk near her new house in Blackheath when she stumbles upon the brutal murder of Vicky Clarke, a true-crime podcaster.
Erika is assigned to the case and discovers that Vicky had been working on a new podcast episode about a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night.
When Erika discovers that Vicky’s notes and sound recordings were stolen from her flat at the time of her murder, it leads her to believe that Vicky was close to unmasking the attacker, and she was killed to guarantee her silence.
The case takes on a disturbing twist when the body of a young Bulgarian student doctor is discovered in the same building, and this makes Erika question everything she thought she knew about Vicky. With very little evidence, the clock is ticking to find the killer before he strikes again.
It has been 1,546 days today since the last book in the Erika Foster series was released. 1,546 long days….So to say I was beyond excited when I heard that a new instalment was coming, was a massive understatement!! This is evidenced by the fact that when I was out for dinner and saw the email drop that I had been given an advance copy of Fatal Witness to review, I was left with no choice but to make my goodbyes and beat a hasty exit home to start reading it!
So with a mug of hot chocolate and all comfy in my pyjamas, I settled in for what I hoped was going to be a thrilling ride. I definitely got that and so much more! I won’t lie though, I was worried that after 4 years I may have lost some of the connection with Erika, but I had nothing to fear. It was like no time had past. Bryndza brings Erika’s world back to life seamlessly and the magic is still there.
Erika Foster is well and truly back with this case, which has been well plotted and executed. Bryndza always does a great job of pulling the reader into the world he creates and makes you feel part of the story. The pace is fast, with plenty of tension and suspense that bubbles away in the background before reaching boiling point. I really wanted to savour it and take my time, but this was never going to happen when each chapter left me wanting more!
So I think you get the idea that I loved this book and it was definitely worth the 1,546 day wait! In saying that though, I have everything crossed that the next instalment will be along much quicker than that.
Thank you to Robert Bryndza, Raven Street Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Fatal Witness, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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LET’S GET TO KNOW ROBERT BRYNDZA
Robert Bryndza is best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over four million copies in the English language.
His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months it sold one million copies, reaching number one in the Amazon UK, USA and Australian charts. To date, The Girl in the Ice has sold over 1.5 million copies in the English language and has been sold into translation in 29 countries. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2016), the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle in France (2018), and it won two reader voted awards, The Thrillzone Awards best debut thriller in The Netherlands (2018) and The Dead Good Papercut Award for best page turner at the Harrogate Crime Festival (2016).
Robert has released a further five novels in the Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, all of which have been global bestsellers, and in 2017 Last Breath was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Mystery and Thriller.
Most recently, Robert created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Kate Marshall, a police officer turned private detective. The first book, Nine Elms, was an Amazon USA #1 bestseller and an Amazon UK top five bestseller, and the series has been sold into translation in 15 countries. The second book in the series is the global bestselling, Shadow Sands and the third book, Darkness Falls will be published in late 2021.
Robert was born in Lowestoft, on the east coast of England. He studied at Aberystwyth University, and the Guildford School of Acting, and was an actor for several years, but didn’t find success until he took a play he’d written to the Edinburgh Festival. This led to the decision to change career and start writing. He self-published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels, before switching to writing crime. Robert lives with his husband in Slovakia, and is lucky enough to write full-time.