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If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead...
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched... Erika's own life could be on the line.
The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James, you'll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.
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4.5★s The Night Stalker is the second book in the Detective Erika Foster series by British author, Robert Bryndza. It’s a stinking hot summer, some eighteen months into DCI Erika Foster’s time at Lewisham Road Police Station, when she takes the lead in an asphyxiation case. The death of GP Gregory Munro looks like a gay bashing rather than an auto-erotic mishap, but Foster is not convinced. Two weeks later and, despite her team’s hard work, the case is almost at a stand-still; DCI Foster is about to lose the lead to a rival when another murder takes place. Jack Hart’s controversial tabloid TV show has made him not a few enemies, but his manner of death is almost identical to Gregory Munro’s, and a few pieces of trace evidence, along with a fortuitous paparazzi photo gives the team a better handle on the case. Unfortunately, that’s not enough when a third victim is found. Bryndza once again gives the reader a fast-paced thriller with quite a few twists and red herrings, both for the reader and the police team. In this case, the reader knows who the killer is, and it’s the excellent deductive work by DCI Foster and her team that keep the pages turning. This instalment features a paedophile ring, “exit” bags, an internet chat room, an abusive husband getting inspiration from crime novels, and some greedy relatives. There’s also a bit of backstory for Erika and some of her colleagues. Again, as in the first Erika Foster novel, the murderer manages to enter her home and, at a certain point, Erika is thrown off the case. Perhaps this will not repeat when she moves to a new station in the third novel, Dark Water, but with Erika’s abrasive personality, her impulsive nature and her disdain for police politics, there are no guarantees. Excellent crime fiction.
This is the second book in the DCI Erika Foster Series and it was just as good if not better than the first. Erika Foster is a woman who trusts in her instincts even when it gets her in trouble. She is impulsive, speaks her mind and is a strong, gutsy character. She engenders loyalty in her co-workers as they see how dedicated she is. Once again, she puts herself, her life and her career on the line to find a serial killer, who becomes known in the press as "The Night Stalker". This story starts with a bang, as a well-known and respected doctor is drugged and murdered in his home. Erika and her team are called in, but hit a wall. As more murders pile up, it is easier for the higher ups to transfer the cast to another team and pick an easy suspect. Erika, although told to take a vacation, once again investigates off the books. The story is told from Erika's perspective as well as from the culprit, a black-clad figure involved in the first murder. I do not want to spoil the plot so that is about all I will say about the story. The characters continue to evolve (Moss, Peterson, Isaac Strong, Marsh and even Erika). We see a bit more of their backgrounds and home life. Once again the detested Stark shows up in the story and causes Erika more problems. Bryndza does a great job with the serial killer as well. What we find out about the killer's past makes you almost like this psychotic killer. The ending brings everything into the open and ties up any loose ends you might have had. A wonderful addition to the series and I would recommend this book to any and all lovers of Police Procedurals, Mystery/Suspense, and Serial killer stories.
The book opens with a scene of creepy claustrophobia and never lets go really. Nope, it seemed to draw me back even when I got up to make a cup of coffee, I feltI had to return quick as if I was somehow leaving everyone in suspense. I think Robert has a good thriller here. The sense of stalking, someone hiding in the shadows, a woman nervously opening a door to her sons apartment – even though you can sense the tension with her, what you see is shocking. In between of scenes of the police investigation, the murderer speaks and has conversations with a hidden person. The stilted conversation is creepily good and leads neatly to the next thing Erika does. Stalking in words as well as actions. See the locations on thebooktril.com if you dare! This is one heck of a creepy serial killer read and it affects the reader as well as Erika and her team. And I like Erika I do, she’s got a backstory and a real grief carried around with her. She has some strength and will take great risks to get a result. I think she is a unique character in crime fiction and has a great deal of depth I can only imagine is going to be explored in further books. Oh and as for Isaac, his relationship with Erika has been nicely developed from book one. This is one creepy and disturbing read – from the MO to the scenes so vivid, it’s like watching an episode of 24 Hours in A and E hardcore. Stomach churning but tell you something, my name’s down for the next one! Thanks Bookouture! You’ve got a cracker here. I’m just relieved I read this in broad daylight.