Saturday, November 30, 2019

Review: Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza (audio)

Title: Deadly Secrets
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: Detective Erika Foster, #6
Narrator: Jan Cramer
Published: April 2018, Bookouture
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible

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

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

Straight off 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 ...

My thoughts:  It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Robert Bryndza's Detective Erika Foster series and while I know he has a brand new series coming out - the Kate Marshall series - I realized that I had not read the last book that he had written for the Erika Foster series, so I needed to do so pronto! I don't know if Deadly Secrets is the final book in this series or if he will be writing more, but I'm so glad I got one more hurrah with Erika...I do so love her!!!

This book is quite intense and I loved that we get to see a vulnerable side to not only our beloved Erika Foster but also to Detective Moss. The police work we see is incredible and I loved that we got to see Detective Moss take the lead, though some of those scenes involving her towards the end of the book had my heart in my mouth! I will say this book is probably my favorite of the series so far - we see some incredible character development happening on all fronts and if there is another book, I can't wait to see how it all pans out.

I will say, I was quite shocked with the direction the ending took...not that I didn't like it, but I was absolutely not expecting it at all. It will grab your attention for sure and have you thinking...and that is why I think it works. It's not your usual ending, but when you take a moment and mull it over, you'll understand how it all comes together and works. If you read this book, let me know your thoughts on it.

As I've mentioned, I don't know if this is the end of the road for our beloved Detective Erika Foster or if Robert Bryndza is just taking a break while diving into something new...but I hope it isn't the last we've seen of her.

Audio thoughts: Jan Cramer completely shines in her narration of this series. She just gets these characters and the story lines. I truly believe that having the same narrator narrate this series really helps with the consistency in the voices and nuances of the characters that both Robert Bryndza has created for them and then Jan Cramer has made them to be. This book really comes alive with Jan Cramer's narration!

Books in this series: 

  1. The Girl in the Ice
  2. The Night Stalker
  3. Dark Water 
  4. Last Breath 
  5. Cold Blood 
  6. Deadly Secrets

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