11 January 2019

Review: LAST BREATH, Robert Bryndza

  • this edition published by Bookouture 2017
  • #4 in the Erika Foster series
  • ISBN 978-1-78681-145-5
  • 357 pages
  • source: my local library
Synopsis (Amazon)

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

My Take

Another bold and breathtaking entry into this gripping series - it did not disappoint.

At the end of the last story (DARK WATER) Erika Foster stormed out when a colleague was promoted above her, thus denying her the credit for solving the case. However she finds herself in an office, pen-pushing, and she realises that she needs to eat humble pie to get herself back playing an active role in Murder Investigation.

She comes across a report about the resolution of a missing persons case and realises that it could have connections to a current murder investigation. She takes her intuition to Sparks, who got the Superintendent job she felt was rightfully hers, and he agrees to let her back into the team if she toes the line.

The reader finds out quite early on who is committing the abductions/murders and the investigation gets closer, partly through careful policing, and partly through Erika's intuition. Despite her promises to the contrary, Erika remains a loose cannon, who doesn't always look before she acts.

Erika's relationships with members of her small team are further cemented and explored, so it pays to read this series from the beginning in order to get the full character development.

My rating: 4.8

I've also read
4.6, DARK WATER #3  

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