“If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.”
The Night Stalker was my most eagerly anticipated book of the year. So many high expectations, book two was a really big deal for me (sorry about that Robert)! And I wasn’t disappointed.
A patient and methodical serial killer is on the loose in London. All of the victims are male and apart from the fact that they were all killed in a similar way, there is little else to connect them. Erika, Peterson and Moss are back and on the case. Can Erika find the killer before they strike again, and is it really worth loosing her job and her life over…?
This is a fantastic sequel with superb characters (have I mentioned my girl crush on Erika yet? No..?). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and deliberately slowed my reading speed down so I could savour every moment of it. I know a lot of fellow bloggers are saying The Night Stalker is the better than The Girl in the Ice but (hold on, let me hide somewhere safe) I preferred The Girl in the Ice. Don’t get me wrong, this is a stonking book and had I never read The Girl in the Ice I think this would now be one of my favourites. It’s just that The Girl in the Ice gave me goosebumps, it was sublime and everything I wanted in a crime novel.
It was fascinating to find out about Erika’s past and how she became a widow. Her grief is such a big part of her. I wasn’t all that bothered by DI Moss in book one but this time around I really warmed to her. DI Peterson on the other hand…pah. Gone right off him! The characters are so important to this series and Robert Bryndza has got it right both times. Brilliant!
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would but start with The Girl in the Ice. I wouldn’t want you to miss a moment of Erika and her team. I can’t wait to read the next DCI Foster book. Easily my very favourite crime series, EASILY!
Four and a half stars out of five.
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Many thanks to Bookouture, Robert Bryndza and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The Night Stalker in exchange for an honest review.
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl In The Ice.
The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series. The second book, The Night Stalker, has just been published.
In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Rob has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján. You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza
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