The Girl in the Ice (Erika Foster Series #1)

The Girl in the Ice (Erika Foster Series #1)

by Robert Bryndza

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OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD
#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLING SERIES

"Compelling at every turn! The Girl in the Ice grabs us from the first page and simply won't let go." --Jeffery Deaver, #1 internationally bestselling author

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 riveting page-turner. An astonishingly good plot with perfectly drawn characters and sharp, detailed writing. The Girl in the Ice is a winner." --Robert Dugoni, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538713426
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Erika Foster Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 12,232
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erika Foster series. Robert's books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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The Girl in the Ice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love discovering new authors.. This will make a great series. All the characters are easy to connect to. Read this BOOK!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Heaven+help+us+if+Erika+Foster+is+one+of+the+Met%27s+top+crime-solving+cops.++I%27m+less+than+halfway+through+the+book%2C+but+won%27t+waste+any+more+time+reading+about+this+ninny.++Yes%2C+she%27s+still+grieving+the+death+of+her+husband.++Yes%2C+she%27s+still+carrying+guilt+at+having+planned+and+led+the+raid+in+which+he+and+four+other+officers+were+gunned+down+by+the+couple+who+rented+them+their+surveillance+house.++But+there%27s+no+excuse+for+her+silly+decisions.%0A+++++For+example%2C+she+backhands+a+7-year+old+who%27s+biting+her+arm+and+whose+prostitute+grandmother+informs+her+that+the+kid+is+HIV+positive%2C+then+repeatedly+ignores+advice+and+protocol+to+seek+medical+treatment+and+testing.++She+gets+the+grandmother+killed+by+outing+her+as+a+crucial+eyewitness+on+national+TV%2C+a+move+that+completely+takes+her+superors+by+surprise.%0A+++++But+the+last+straw+came+when+Erika%2C+who+lived+alone%2C+failed+to+realize+that+it+must+have+been+an+intruder+who+neatly+lined+up+the+contents+of+her+medicine+cabinet+on+her+bed%2C+then+drew+the+duvet+over+them.++At+that+point+I+became+so+exasperated+I+decided+to+give+it+up.+++I+had+no+hope+of+any+credible+resolution.%0A+++++I%27m+not+even+going+to+peek+at+the+ending.++The+characters+are+broadly+drawn+caricatures+of+standard+police+procedural+personnel%3A++the+Hamlet-like+protagonist+who+agonizes+over+every+decision+and+then+acts++impulsively+to+the+detriment+of+others%3B+the+scheming%2C+obstructive+competitor%3B+the+sympathetic+female+subordinate.++I+know+who+dunnit+without+reading+on%2C+and+am+not+going+to+further+waste+my+time.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Girl In The Ice is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series by British author, Robert Bryndza. It’s early January and Sir Douglas-Brown’s eldest daughter, Andrea has been missing for several days when a body is discovered under the ice in a South London pond. DCI Erika Foster turns up from Manchester to take over the case, ruffling a few feathers in the process. Erika makes some quick deductions and acts as she sees necessary. But when she uncovers a side of Andrea that the family would rather not have exposed, her bold actions see her thrown off the case. Were it not for some loyal staff members backing her up and keeping her in the loop, Erika’s own demons, coupled with the murderer’s apparent decision to target her, might have unmoored her, but her determination to track down the killer remains focussed. Bryndza’s first Erika Foster instalment touches on several topical topics: the Establishment and its (ab)use of privilege; the exploitation of illegal immigrants; and the prejudicial attitude of law enforcement and society in general to prostitutes (and other reviled professions). The story gallops along at breakneck speed, throwing up a bunch of plausible suspects before the nail-biting climax reveals a brutal and calculating serial killer, and lands Erika in hot, no make that icy, water. Readers will be pleased to know that there are several further books in this series. An excellent debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one day while on vacation. Loved the characters. I am a mystery junkie and am very particular about my books. I will be adding Robert Bryndza and DCI Erika Foster to my approved list. Looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took a while to get going but once it did it was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book . I kept turning the pages. DC I Foster, was a great character. I hope to read more of your books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
once youre about 100 pages in the book gets going and you can't stop reading.. you then become thankful for the slow detail packed 100 pages. Its a good book, thrilling.. i recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved DCI Foster and the story well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great mystery read. Will be reading more of his books
J-Shari More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It was everything I loved about a thriller. Robert Brynzda is such a detailed and descriptive writer. I can already tell I am going to love this series. The book follows detective Erika Foster, whose just returned to duty to solve the murder of a young girl whose family is affluent. From the beginning, Erika could tell that there was something more to this murder, but the public view of the family was more important to the Chief. Erika goes against her bosses wishes and follows leads that shine light on the young girl (Andrea) and her secrets. I am not going to go any further because I do not want to give away any spoilers. Just know the twist that Robert Brynzda gives us in this book will have you SHOOK!!! So please give it a read and if you do, let me know how you feel/think about it.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This debut novel introduces DCI Erika Foster, and is the start of a new series. The next novel in the series will be entitled “The Night Stalker.” In “The Girl in the Ice,” she is brought in from her previous post in Manchester, where she led a flawed operation which resulted in the deaths of several police, including her husband. Although she has yet to come to terms with her past, the detective superintendent believes her to still be an effective detective and places her in charge of the investigation of the murder of a prominent young woman from a well-to-do family. The woman’s body is found frozen in ice. Death was caused by strangulation. Foster’s efforts are hampered by interference by the powerful father, a wealthy defense contractor, and police politics. She stands her ground, but suffers for her principles and supposed clues, while attention is focused by higher-ups on other possible “clues,” which she feels are false. Foster is a flawed character in need of growth. Her efforts seem to be haphazard and insubordinate, resulting in her being removed as SIO of the case. The novel progresses by fits and starts, and concludes with a denouement for which no basis is laid in the preceding chapters. However, it is a good read and can be [and is] recommended, only hoping that the sequel overcomes these stated objections.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
My first experience reading Robert Bryndza's work will definitely not be my last! The Girl in the Ice starts with a unique, creative premise and quickly develops into a thoroughly intriguing mystery that keeps readers guessing right up to the end. The body of a young woman is discovered beneath a thick layer of in a South London park and Detective Erika Foster is tapped to lead the investigation. Foster has been out of commission recently following the death of her husband and four other officers while executing a search that went tragically wrong. Foster blames herself and is mourning the loss of the love of her life, struggling to learn how to move on with her career and personal life. The victim is a young socialite from a wealthy and politically powerful family. Why she would have been in the neighborhood where her body was discovered is only the first question Foster is determined to answer. Soon, she finds links to three other unsolved murders and the target of someone who does not want her to find the killer(s). Bryndza leads readers on a fact-paced, multi-layered investigation as Foster bucks the orders of her superiors and her own inner demons while trying to respect and follow the clues provided both by her finely honed investigative instincts and the kind of intuition that only develops with experience. Along the way, she manages to stirr up the media, police brass, politicians . . . and eventually track the killer. Bryndza also influses the story with a wide variety of colorful, quirky supporting characters that keep the story interesting and enough clues to compel readers onward without spoiling the surprising conclusion. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this Author but I will be reading the rest of the books in this series and all the other books too.
357800 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. Promising start with an enticing prologue that pulled me right in, but overall (for me) nothing really new or out of the ordinary here. That being said, THE GIRL ON THE ICE is still a decent crime mystery involving kidnapping, murder, and a feisty detective with a haunted past and smart mouth who doesn't always play by the rules. Recently back on the job after a traumatic incident, DCI Erika Foster is assigned a high profile case investigating the death of a rich socialite....a case she is pressured to solve fast. As the plot develops and clues are revealed, I found myself anxious to discover the culprit despite a few unbelievable actions, character interactions and inane moves by an experienced detective. Really late to the party on this one; am assuming there is much more on Erika's background in subsequent offerings. Good start for Bryndza and his debut crime novel series.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
First off, excellent cover!! It certainly drew me to this book, the first book in the Erika Foster series. Now the question is "There are four other books in this series, where have you been?" I'm not sure the answer to that question, but I can truthfully say that I am glad that I finally caught on to it. Erika Foster is not your normal police detective (who is?). She's been involved several times where those around her were hurt during a case, namely, her husband who died on her last one. A fact that follows Erika to her new post. Of course, there is an A$$hole there who has problems with women cops on his team. And, because of her past, her reputation, while great in getting the job done, has left several people hurt, injured or dead in her past. A fact that did leave her with a precarious resume as to whether, as a woman, she could actually perform her duties. I just love it when a woman is constantly chastised and criticized because she is a woman by egotistical (for absolutely no reason) man. A man who hates being one upped by a woman and will not even fathom looking at or considering her ideas because she is a woman. Yet the real problem here for this man is because she's smarter, way smarter, than him. Of course, not in his mind. And, always, always, always, that idiot is shown for what he really is just by doing his job "the way he thinks it should be done". It also seemed to me that management had chosen Erika to be on their team so that they could bully her and ruin her career forever, while looking for a scapegoat in order not to clear this case properly. Erika hit resistance everywhere she went in this book. Suspensions, lies, and unsubstantiated or unreal facts were just part of her everyday life while working in this new job. Even though there are a lot of sidetracks and wrong turns that the department is making Erika take against her will, she will and does come to the bottom of this thriller. One that kept me spellbound and had me fist pumping at the end that I thoroughly enjoyed. Kudos to the author and thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Robert Bryndza's opening book in the Erika Foster series is sadly a straight, by the numbers "thriller". I use the term loosely as it wasn't very thrilling and reads like sooooo many thrillers before it. The protagonist's tribulations are all expected. The antagonists are all cookie cutter bad guys. The mystery was easy to assume very early in the novel and the killer's actions range from evil genius to idiot in between chapters. The writing wasn't terrible, its just completely unoriginal. Overall, nothing close to special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant,guessing to the end and never would have believed who done it.....
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Girl In The Ice (Detective Erika Foster, #1) by Robert Bryndza started out really good. I think it worked too hard for the detective's boss to oppose her constantly. They were suppose to be solving a murder but the boss seemed determined to not let her do her job, seemed way over the top. It was a good story but could have been shorter. I would've liked it better a bit condensed. Loved the cover, that is what made me pick the book up. Narration was excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Kept me guessing until the very end!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I discovered British Police Procedurals through Goodreads a year or so ago and am very glad that I did. I am late with this author, I have read many great reviews about DCI Erika Foster and thought I needed to get to this series. A good decision. When a young rich socialite who has gone missing, is found a couple of days later in the ice of a pond, the police need to solve the case. DCI Erika Foster is called to resume active duty and to take over the case by Superintendent Marsh. They have worked together before and he has great respect for her talents. She has some skeletons, such as the loss of her husband in her last case that forced her leave. The DCI that was on the case is still supposed to be working with her, but there is a lot of tension between the two and working together is not what either of them have in mind. The case is also politically charged due to the social status of the victim's family (he is a Lord), who has a direct line to the Head of the Police. When two different theories are put forward, Erika is once again placed on leave while the police pursue the more palatable line of investigation. That does not mean she is going to sit by and wait. Erika does not like to follow the rules if it ties her hands in an investigation. She is also very smart, but not always subtle which causes problems. The officers working with her are loyal and do their best to help her solve the case. As more murders are tied together, Erika puts herself in danger. This story is riveting. There were many suspects that are all plausible that you will be kept guessing. The writing was clear and precise with a thrilling, suspenseful plot. All the characters are well developed as their stories unfold throughout the book. DCI Foster is a strong female lead that I look forward to reading more about. Coming late to the party has its advantages as I can pick up the next book right away. A definite read for those who enjoy police procedurals as well as a well plotted mystery or thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, fast-paced with wonderful characters, I cared about them & I love Erika Foster! I hope author continues an Erika Foster series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, fast paced
Daz334 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture, and author Robert Bryndza for this opportunity. This is the first book in the DCI Foster series. I've read many reviews for this book and the others in this series. I was finally convinced I had to read this series. I'm only wishing I had read this much sooner. I read this book in less than eight hours. I was taken in during the first chapter and enjoyed the book to the last word. There were many twists and turns along the way, and every time I thought I had it all figured out, the story took a turn and I was left with my jaw hanging open. I'm very impressed with Mr. Bryndza's writing. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and the charter development of DCI Foster. I strongly recommend this book if you like mystery/thrillers.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
My first venture into reading this author. I had heard so much about this book which often makes it difficult to read with a clear mind and give a fair opinion when plenty has already been talked about. However from the outset I was well and truly hooked. It is gripping, gruelling, skin crawling, breath holding torture just to read it! I loved the whole thing. DCI Ericka Foster has returned after a bereavement and is thrown right into a murder case. I never did quite make up my mind whether I actually liked her. While I sympathised with her loss she was such a ballsy character who went with her gut instinct no matter whose toes she trod on. She had little regard for her own safety and put herself in peril a couple of times. There is a wide raft of police procedure, after the initial murder it eventually becomes apparent there is a serial killer at large. The twists and turns with the families, the underworld, the truly seedy back streets of London the daily life it all keeps you absorbed and you need to pay attention to keep up with the pace. The descriptive writing is excellent, even when there were things I couldn't comprehend the amount of detail by the author painted a clear image in my mind. The cover is haunting in itself. Be prepared for a tumultuous journey and the way the tension builds at the end is remarkable ... excellent story. I had to stop and calm down when I had finished. Thanks to the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for the experience in exchange for my honest opinion.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Great Start to a New Series. I have always enjoyed murder mysteries, especially one's that are set in England, so when I got this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, I was thrilled. The book caught my attention right away and it held it until the last page. I loved the characters, especially a strong female heroin, and I hope that there will be plenty more in the series. The plot was great, with plenty of action, mystery, office politics and it kept me guessing until the end. What an intense and entertaining read, loved it.