Cold Blood: A gripping serial killer thriller that will take your breath away

Cold Blood: A gripping serial killer thriller that will take your breath away

by Robert Bryndza


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Cold Blood: A gripping serial killer thriller that will take your breath away by Robert Bryndza

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.

Read what everyone is saying about Cold Blood:

‘Robert Bryndza never fails to amaze me, he is such a gifted writer and I love the fact that he is able to maintain such a high standard of writing whilst keeping the series highly original in content. Would I recommend Cold Blood? It's a "thousand" hell yeses and if you haven't read this series yet you really need to.' The Book Review Café

‘I absolutely LOVE Robert Bryndza’s writing and the Erika Foster series is probably one of the best female detective series I’ve read… wait, not just female, but the best detective series ever! …Wow, wow, wow!! Erika is back with a bang.Stardust Book Reviews

This is a heart racing, hold your breath, drama packed instalment of one of the best crime thriller series available! Robert Bryndza is a genius and raises the bar for the genre!The Quiet Knitter

OMG what a story…. you seriously need to read this one. I devoured this in one sitting. It is certainly one pulse-racing, nail-biting, gritty read… There is nothing not to like about this book or series it is full of twists and turns and OMG moments and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

As always the author had me from the gripping and intriguing start and didn't let me go until the emotional endingCold Blood is without a doubt my new favourite book in the Erika Foster series. Dark, gritty, hard hitting and emotional, this is a crime read that would be truly criminal to miss.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

Wowza. Another fantastic gripping book from Robert. It is so good to have this detective back in my life. She brings a sense of calmness, cleverness, and female power to a book...such a great character.’ Trisha’s Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786811493
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 09/20/2017
Series: Detective Erika Foster , #5
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 94,542
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Cold Blood: A gripping serial killer thriller that will take your breath away 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 6 months ago
Cold Blood is the fifth book in the Detective Erika Foster series by British author, Robert Bryndza. When DCI Erika Foster is called to the banks of the Thames about an unidentified body in pieces in a suitcase, she’s impatient to get to work on the case. But when her eager young Detective Constable mentions cataloguing a virtually identical case just days earlier, and then Erika’s victim is found to have a stomach full of condom-wrapped cocaine, the case suddenly generates more interest. Despite diligent work, the team is making little progress when a shocking betrayal by one of Erika’s colleagues takes her out of the action, and she is off the case, but this time not because of her abrasive personality. Weeks later, the team are not really any closer to apprehending the murderer when another dismembered body turns up, this one with a taunting note for the police from the killers. For Erika Foster’s fifth outing, Bryndza gives the reader another gripping page-turner with plenty of action, including a tasering of sensitive bits, a kidnapping, broken bones and distress flares not used as the maker intended. As well as the usual narratives from multiple perspectives, a diary kept by one of the perpetrators tells part of the story. There’s a good bit of black humour in this excellent piece of British crime fiction, and fans will eagerly anticipate the sixth instalment, Deadly Secrets.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, I loved it!! This is such a great series, and I’ve really enjoyed all five books. Robert Bryndza is such a talent, and he has that wonderful ability to really pull you into the story. One of the highlights for me, is the amount of work and background he puts into each character, and I love how different they are from each other. This book has a great plot, and I really enjoyed the ending. Finding a dead body crammed into a suitcase certainly didn’t happen every day. So, it’s quite a surprise when Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster discovers that another body turned up in a suit case recently. It’s been hard for Erika since Peterson has been slow to recover from the gunshot wound to his stomach. An infection certainly didn’t help, but 6 months had passed and he looked no closer in returning to work anytime soon. She’s definitely worried with the amount of weight he has also lost. Erika is really relying on Nils Akerman to find something with the forensics, so she can hopefully find who’s responsible for the suit case murders. Nina can’t wait to get away from her mother, especially since her new boyfriend moved in with them, and now that she’s finished school she’s kind of lost with what to do with herself. Initially Nina thinks how incredibly lucky she is by meeting Max at work at the chip shop. Max is so confident and smart, however it doesn’t take long for the cracks to appear, and his violent side to show. Nina suddenly see’s what he’s capable of and it definitely scares the hell out of her. If you haven’t read a Robert Bryndza book, then I would certainly recommend that you add him to your reading list, he really is that good. I’m really looking forward to book 6.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started the first book in the series on January 1st! I have now read all of the Erika Foster books! I can't wait for the next one!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
A dismembered body of a man is found in an old suitcase that's been washed ashore. Foster has never seen anything like this.. and much to her surprise another suitcase had found 2 weeks earlier. It also held a dismembered victim, but a woman. As she and her team start investigating, first to identify the victims, several things happen at once. She is brutally attacked as she is carrying a large amount of drugs to the forensics department. She is taken off the case of the suitcase killings. But that's never been something to deter her from working the case. And there's more than one killer ... and they turn their eyes on the ultimate victims. Although this is the 5th in what has been a terrific series, it works well as a stand alone. There are only a few references to things that have occurred in earlier books, but only small things. I really like the character of Erika Foster. She's an older woman, she's been widowed, a recent relationship has bottomed out and she has no children, She is her job and she does the very best she can, but she also has human failings. Her team is quite diverse which makes it incredibly interesting to see how they interact with each other. One of the killers is just plain evil. His accomplice is a young woman who loves him.. who even becomes a killer to make him happy. Their story runs side by side to the investigation. There's a lot of movement within these pages ... kept me glued to the story. A twist here and there with a very surprising ending. I've been fortunate enough to read the entire series ... keeping fingers crossed the series continues. Many thanks to the author / Bookoutre / Netgalley for the digital copy of this police procedural. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
I have read enough detective crime books to know what appeals to my prerequisite of the ultimate puzzle solver. Erika Foster is not one of these. Finding the body of a dismembered corpse that washed on shore was an immediate attention buzzer. The maze of drug abuse and dealers was twisted nicely as were the characters involved. Max is a killer whose past made him the ruthless murderer he was. Nina was a naive teen so in love with Max that the saying "Love is Blind" more than describes. Byndza created a cast of evil that was the driving force of this story. Erika Foster came across as a sad women who struggled with her job and her relationships. Just was not my idea of a MAIN character. "A copy of this book was provided to me by Bookouture via NetGalley with no requirement for a review. I voluntarily read and the comments here are my honest opinion."
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
Once again, I'll make a pitch for half-stars in book ratings. Because once again, my "real" rating is 4.5 stars - and that's only because I enjoyed it a teensy bit less than the others (this is the fifth in the author's Detective Erika Foster series). It stands well on its own, but as those who follow my book reviews well know by now, I always advise starting any series at the beginning, as I did. The bottom line, I guess, is that any time you've got emotionally scarred but likable heroes and heroines, murder and mayhem and an investigation that never loses steam from start to finish, what's not to like? My only reservation here is that in a few spots, the exposition almost seemed like an afterthought - something that wasn't written into the story where it should have been. That said, the plot is unique, intriguing and fast-paced. Erika is called in to check out an old suitcase that's washed up on the banks of the Thames in London. To everyone's horror, it contains the body of a young man - not only dead, but chopped into smaller pieces so he'd fit inside the container. As Erika gathers her team to get the investigation going, another suitcase turns up - this time with the body of a young woman. She, too, has been whacked to fit, leading to the conclusion that a serial killer is on the loose. Small packets of drugs were found in the stomach of one of of the bodies - another confusing detail but one that ends up not only nearly bringing the police department to its knees, but an end to Erika's career (and very nearly her life). From the beginning, readers see flashbacks that introduce two far less than upstanding characters named Nina and Max - misfits who have found each other (they're happy, but others who meet up with them are not so much). Chapters told from their perspectives offer highlights of their new life as a couple and are interspersed with those detailing what's going on with Erika and the investigation, all building to an exciting finish as everything comes together. I admit I'm not a fan of this perspective-shifting technique, but that's mostly because it's been done to death (so to speak). But when it's done well, as it is here, I also admit it's very effective. Overall, this is nothing short of another winner. Many thanks to the publisher (via NetGalley) for the opportunity to read and review it in exchange for an honest review. Over the course of the series, Erika has become one of my favorite characters. Already, I'm looking forward to the next installment.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Intricate, riveting, and creepy! Cold Blood is an engrossing, chilling police procedural that highlights just how easily some people can be swayed and manipulated into doing the most horrific things and reminds us that desperate people will do almost anything, at any cost to protect themselves. The writing is bold and crisp. The characters are resilient, impulsive, and troubled. And the plot, told from differing points-of-view, keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish as it whips you through well-timed twists, unforeseen surprises, deception, abuse, violence, corruption, and murder. Overall, Cold Blood is a gripping, highly entertaining, harrowing thriller that proves once again Bryndza is a talented, natural storyteller with a vivid imagination. Cold Blood is the fifth novel in the Erika Foster series and all I can say is if you’re not already reading this series, you should be!
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
It’s always exciting when a new Robert Bryndza book arrives, once you have met Detective Erika Foster you will be hooked. This is a strong police procedural series full of murder mayhem, grisly forensics and psychopaths as a norm. If you like your books tense, exciting and a thrill a minute then these are for you. I like Erika, she is pretty kick-ass, she never has it easy though whether it’s in her personal life or involving her team of investigators. I sometimes wonder if such situations really do arise or they are all stored up to dump on her! This time we have bodies in suitcases which can only be described as macabre, add in abduction, drugs, lack of police funds a vicious attack and complications in team relationships and Cold Blood turns out to be a fast paced action story. There is so much going on that it’s difficult to turn the pages fast enough to keep up. I found the scenes with Nina and Max intriguing as well as disturbing, I did however look forward to the chapters based around them. It won’t necessarily be to everyone’s taste but adds an edge to the circumstances. A highly enjoyable read that had me riveted from the first page. Full of stifling atmospheric fear for the characters welfare. Thanks Robert you have done it again! Bravo! My thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.