Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years, but 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 26 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 realizes 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.
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the narrator spoilt this story she was reading it in a light-hearted jolly. condescending tone that was so not appropriate for this dark tale. couldn't even finish the book it was so annoying
The story was gripping but there was something a bit off with the narration, at times the tone was a bit off. We were told people were in tears but their voices were jolly! It detracted from the tension..
I have listened to all three Erika Foster series , purely for the
' who dun it' thrill, and to see an improvement. Never again will i listen to a book narrated by Jan Cramer !!
It was like she had no interest in the books and no interest in captivating the audience.
i have heard washing instructions being read out with more gusto!
spoilt for me by the narrator.
sorry Robert , i enjoyed the story but was marred by the narrators flippant attitude.
I have read all three thrillers by Robert Brindza, plus the excellent Miss wrong and Mr. Right, and all his books are original, well thought out and well written. They are very exciting too. Dark Water had me guessing right up the the last 45 minutes of the book. No one could guess what really happened to Jessica Collins. The story line is stunningly original and convoluted, however, whether it is believable is another matter. It is a story and reality is often suspended with a book like this. The unfolding of the case leaves one to wonder if people would really do something like this. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book, at least DCI Erika Foster didn't come to any harm in this book. I am eagerly looking forward to Robert Brindza's next book. If you are not sure whether to buy this book then I urge you to give it a try, it's good. Suspense all the way. One thing though, you should read the first and second Erika Foster books first.
"Strong Entry in a Consistent Series"
This book started off a little jarring. It took a little while to realize some time had passed from the previous book and Erika was no longer at the same division with the same partners. Luckily many of the secondary characters from the first two books were eventually brought back in to participate in this book as well. That is good news because I think one of the strengths of the series is the multitude of flawed and/or interesting secondary characters. Several new characters were also introduced that I hope play a recurring role. I would like to know more about her sister and the new female chief.
The mystery was engaging as well. I admit I had only figured out who two/thirds of the bad guys were, so a good portion of the ending was surprising to me.
The narrator is not bad. She just adds nothing to the experience. Which is in some ways a good thing because she isn't overly theatrical. At the same time, I would never decide to listen to an audiobook just because she was the narrator, and there are some narrators that I will read anything they narrate.
Overall a good edition to the series and I will read the next installment.
"Captivating, plenty of red herrings"
The author has done it again with his third DCI Erika Foster book. I can't get enough. Highly recommendable. Jan Cramer's narration is excellent.
"Excellent Storyline That Kept Me Guessing Until the Very End"
I love all Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster books. He does an excellent job weaving a tale that captivates me until I finish the entire novel—usually in one sitting. This novel is no different. I highly recommend this book and all the books in this series. I also look forward to more novels in this series. I would love to see Erika get the praise and love she so desperately needs and deserves. (I would also like to see a couple of her nemeses get what they deserve as well....lol)
"good I just enjoyed the first 2 more..."
Maybe it was my mood - who knows? well- written, solid mystery, unsure why I didn't find it as thrilling as author's previous fare, give it a listen and post your thoughts. Will be interested if fans agree, I am definitely watching for the next in the series!
"i really love this series!! i have listened to all three books. i hope there is another one soon."
i really love this series!! i have listened to all three books. i hope there is another one soon.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
Probably because you have the benefit of hearing all the different accents.
I love Peterson. He's so well rounded, dreamy and kind
All of the accents. She's good at most except the American one. She definitely needs to work on that. Cramer also has a way of sounding super creepy when she reads the killer's lines.
No clue, but it would be a show that I'd be happy to watch!
I loved Erika's character development in this book. It was great to see her with family. I started off not liking her much in book one but she's evolved so much over the three books that I love her character now.
I loved the intrigue surrounding the disappearance of the victim, and as usual how the main characters story appears in all the novels. It provides a familiarity and a comfort to the reader.
"Robert Bryndza at his best"
Jan cramer makes you feel as if you are watching a film!!! Excellent narration
This story is an emotional roller coaster.... feel anger, humour, lust, grief, fear, awe
"Another great story"
Love the narration by Jana Cramer. hope there is more stories to come with DCI Foster. another great read with an unexpected twist at the end.
"3rd in series"
I really like this author but sometime the dialog is a bit choppy. Enjoyed the plot and characters except for the sister. I would listen to another story in the future but not as enthusiastic as I was in the beginning.
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