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A really intensive gripping read that kept me hooked throughout.

This is the third book in the DCI Erika Foster series but can be read as a standalone.

I’m quite surprised at how good this book is. I read part of Robert Bryndza’s first Erika Foster novel and couldn’t really get into it. This one is much better in my opinion and so I must now go back and read the second one.

Not once during my reading of this book did my attention wander to my bookshelf to see if there was anything better as it sometimes does. The book held my interest throughout with believable plot and some finely drawn characters.

I liked Erika Foster, who reminded me a bit of Val McDermid’s Karen Pirie. A feisty no-nonsense character who doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

During the course of the investigation of a drug dealer, a local quarry is dragged looking for his considerably valuable stash. Sadly, the skeletal remains of a young child are found and subsequently identified as belonging to a little girl who had disappeared some years before. Erika, strongly and perhaps a little arrogantly, feels that she is the right person for the job to lead the investigation into finding out what happened and bring whoever is responsible to justice. The case however is complex and ruined the career of the previous lead investigating officer at that time Amanda Baker.

I must admit, I didn’t work out what happened and who was responsible and towards the end was frantically page turning when it all turned very action packed and frenetic. Wow! A cracker!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy.

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