Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.
When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.
The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.
As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.
Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.
Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.
She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.
1. THE GIRL IN THE ICE
2. THE NIGHT STALKER
3. DARK WATER
Read what everyone is saying about Dark Water:
‘OH MY GOD! Just let me a take a moment while I catch my breath! I LOVED IT! WHAT A BOOK! WHAT AN AUTHOR! WHAT A READ! It is all consuming, there is no let up… every twist and turn is designed to make you gasp, to make your head spin and your heart beat out of your chest.’ Emma the Little Bookworm
‘HOLY MOLY Robert Bryndza has only gone and done it again… it's one of those books you can't bear to put down, as each chapter ends you just "have to read one more" and before you know it it's the middle of the night! Unsettling and disturbing, the actions of the all too human characters lead to a devastating and tense climax. I can and will wholeheartedly recommend Dark Waters for anyone looking for an original crime story but with all the hallmarks of a truly thrilling tale.’ Book Review Café
'The characterisation in this story is incredible. There are so many well developed characters and this makes the story so much stronger. It is a compelling read which once you start you won't want to put down!’ Tea Chocolate and a Book
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dark Water is the third book in the Detective Erika Foster series by British author, Robert Bryndza. Some three months after her transfer to Bromley Police Station, DCI Erika Foster was at Hayes Quarry with the Met Marine Police Recovery unit, searching for a parcel of heroin that could put away a drug dealer. She was now part of the Projects Team (Drugs and Organised Crime) but when their search also yielded a child’s remains, Erika wanted to be the Senior Investigating Officer on that murder enquiry. The skeleton was that of Jessica Collins, a seven-year-old believed kidnapped twenty-six years earlier, whose body had never been found. Talking to the right people got Erika that job, and she was able to include Moss and Peterson from her old team at Lewisham, which might prove a great help as well as a possible distraction. Also a distraction was the visit by Lenka, her sister from Slovakia, children in tow. The case was a challenge: many boxes of case notes to be reviewed; a broken family at odds with one another, reticent and resistant; a paedophile suspect still generating a great deal of anger in the family and in her team; a retired case SIO who was not sharing all she knew; and a team member leaking information about the case. Bryndza certainly has a talent for crime thrillers: once again, a fast-paced page-turner with plenty of twists and red herrings. Erika continues to be abrasive, impulsive and often disdainful of protocol, while still managing to hold the respect of her colleagues. This is another excellent dose of Erika Foster and fans will be eager to read the fourth instalment, Last Breath, an excerpt of which is included at the end of this book.
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Received an ARC for honest review for netgalley. Suspenseful until the end. Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster ends up with a 26 year cold case of a child which is heartbreaking. The family though grieving, harbors secrets. We have clues, homeless, pedophiles, ex-cops, but who can provide insight into the murder of the poor child? Then we have Erika's crazy sister who decides to show up uninvited, spiraling poor Erika's life out of control. It is really just too much for a person to handle, but she does. Erika is a tough woman, this book though heart wrenching is recommended.