”He gave her a picture he’d drawn, of Erika dressed in a white boiler suit getting into a UFO to go up into space with a group of Minions.
It pretty much summed up how she felt.”
I went into this completely blind. I’d seen the book floating around and when I discovered it for 99p on Kindle I just clicked buy, didn’t even read what it was about. Maybe I should actually read synopsis’ from now on because I wasn’t aware this was a detective series novel. As much as I love mystery crime books I don’t tend to go for the detective series novels because I find them to be all the same.
Tell me, how many of these first detective novels have you read where this storyline plays out? One main detective, often a female. 9 times out of 10 they’re moody and snappy. They’ve got a troubled past that they’re trying to get away from so they’re put in a whole new city and dropped right into the middle of a high profile case. New city means new people, it’s tough, they can’t get comfortable with their new colleagues but the friendships grow and they’re great buddies soon enough, but uh-oh, there’s always that one officer who has to have a grudge, has to have some sort of issue with the newbie ey?
All that being said this was still an enjoyable novel and a great first detective novel in series that I’m sure will be excellent, even if it was knee deep in cliches. Our story revolves around the murder of gorgeous, wealthy young socialite Andrea Douglas-Brown, whose body is found frozen beneath the icy pond of a museum (get it, the girl in the ice…). So begins a huge investigation to find this poor girl’s murderer and who’s better for the case than criminal ass-buster Erika Foster? (Though she obviously brings her baggage along!) Erika wants nothing more than to solve this tragic case but she’s hit with one or two roadblocks along the way…
To begin with, I didn’t like Erika, as I normally don’t at the beginning of these kinds of books, but I warmed to her after a while, it was clear she just really wanted to crack the case and, thankfully, didn’t make everything all about her and her tragic life story. Unlike in the last detective novel I read (Little Boy Blue) where I thought Helen Grace was just completely batty and irritating, Bryndza has actually managed to create a hard-nut female detective I like, so well done to him for that as I’m very easily unimpressed.
Does anyone else, who’s British, love when these crime novels are set somewhere like London? I find them so much easier to read and understand just purely because I’m able to get a picture of the surroundings. I’ve never been to America and only see what they show in the TV shows and movies, so when I’m reading a book based in the USA I find it quite difficult to picture the scenes etc but because I’ve been to London a million times it’s so much easier to get a clear picture in your head of exactly what the author wants you to imagine. So that’s another thing I loved about this novel, bias maybe? Who cares.
I think one thing that really let this book down was having the perspective of the “figure”. For me, it didn’t add any excitement to the novel and I felt it was trying to hard to be menacing. I also didn’t like hearing the thoughts of the “figure” as they sounded like we were reading the mind of a fourteen year old boy. Luckily the big reveal of this “figure” turned out to be rather surprising!
I liked the way this book progressed through the different theories on the case, often we don’t have a clue what’s really going on until the last few pages of the book, but this one let you in on little secrets here and there so managed to keep my interest piqued! Because I actually enjoyed this book a lot I’m going to purchase the second book in the series! Gulp! That’s a big step for me!