Audio Review: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Title: The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1)
Author: @RobertBryndza
Narrator: Jan Cramer
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
Length: 10 hours and 7 min, 396 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Robert Bryndza’s new series today.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.


Story: 4.5 stars
I’ve recently gotten back into reading Mystery/Thrillers, but I have found that some of them fall short to my expectations.  So I’m happy to say, this one isn’t one of them.

This had everything I look for in that genre:
A complex crime
An intelligent protagonist – in this case, the heroine
Unpredictable plot
Levels of corruption
And best of all, the surprise ending

This story begins with the life of one woman, ending.  Being from a family with a lot of political connections, they held a lot of sway in the investigation into their daughter’s death.  At times, I felt they were covering up information more than helping, and I never trusted any of them.

I liked that this story featured a female detective, Erika Foster, as the lead, and it is clear she has good instincts.  But I will also say that she made a lot of bad calls along the way that impacted her reputation, and at times, hindered the overall case.

There’s a good pace to the story, and I especially liked the inclusion of the killer’s POV.  It isn’t clear who it was, but it added a good deal of tension to the story, as the detective’s life gains their interest.  Although I had some guesses as to who the killer was along the way, I was way off base and shocked when they were finally revealed, something I seek in a suspense theme.

Performance: 5 stars
The reason this genre has become one of my favorites for audio is quite simple – the narrators stand out among the other genres I’ve listened to before.  And this narrator was no exception.

First, there was the English accent which I love listening to, and fits for the story given the location where it is set.  She also did a great job in making the other character voices distinct.

Second, there was the emotion she portrayed with her character.  You could sense her frustrations with the case and her theories being cast aside.  The narrator did a good job of capturing the intensity of her position and the highs and lows along the way.

Overall: 4.5 stars
If you are looking for a suspense/thriller, with an unpredictable plot and strong female lead, this is one I would recommend checking out.

– Grace

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