The Girl in the Ice

Detective Erika Foster

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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 page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today at a special launch price.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She's fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

1. THE GIRL IN THE ICE

2. THE NIGHT STALKER COMING SOON

What people are saying about The Girl in the Ice

'I freakin' LOVED it! . . . Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks . . . this is THAT book!' Crime Book Junkie

'I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionateI found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment.' Angela Marsons

'A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller! The ending, oh the ending! My mind is still blown! This book does not disappoint!' The Book Addicted Boy

'Oh my gosh!...gripping, grimy, hardcore, thrilling. I was hooked!!!...I loved this bookYou Have GOT To Read This!' A Page of Fictional Love

'An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book.' Mel Sherratt

'A compelling read once you've started, it's hard to put down.' Rachel Abbott

'Hands-down, one of the most exciting, dramatic, tense and compelling thrillers that I think I have ever read.' Bookaholic Confessions

'Absolute perfection!Boy are there some sharp turns! There were a few moments when I felt like I had it all figured out and I was so wrong! Fantastic book!' The Eternal Optimist

'The Girl In The Ice is a brilliantly clever crime thrillerHad me hurtling at full speed, until WHAM!!!! with an ending that just totally blew me away! An absolute must read for all you crime fanatics out there.' By The Letter Book Reviews

'Engaging, thought provoking, full of suspense this is one murder mystery you won't want to miss.' Erisea Magazine

'With a great plot that really digs into the depths of human nature and some fascinating characters that really were excessive shades of light and darkThe book keeps you guessing and on edge, you will think you have it ALL worked out, but the twisty reveal was very impressive, loved it.' Book Lover Cat Lady

'I found myself racing through the chapters. It has plenty of twists and turns, with enough red herrings to keep the reader captivated to the very last page, it's addictive, compulsive and much more.' The Book Review Caf_

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Feb 12, 2016
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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.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She's fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

1. THE GIRL IN THE ICE

2. THE NIGHT STALKER

What people are saying about The Night Stalker

'Erika is fast becoming one of my favourite detectivesI absolutely loved this heart-pounding, fast-paced, chilling crime thriller.' The Book Review Cafe

'Just when I thought it couldn't get any better...From the first page, we're sucked in with tension that had me holding my breath.' The Suspense is Thrilling Me

'A truly brilliant crime series!The Night Stalker made me feel like I had been swept up in a whirlwind and had me clinging on for dear life, only letting me go right at the very end.' By The Letter Book Reviews

'Intense, suspenseful, and clever__...a gripping page turner that is disturbingly real, and I highly recommend it.' What's Better Than Books?'

What everyone is saying about The Girl in the Ice

'I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionateI found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment.' Angela Marsons

'An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book.' Mel Sherratt

'A compelling read once you've started, it's hard to put down.' Rachel Abbott

‘Will have you laughing your head off…an excellent romantic comedy.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that's about to host one of Hollywood's leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian Gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash. 

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie's escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door...

Jamie is in town producing a West End show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn’t quite the reunion Natalie was expecting. 

Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie’s perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie – could he be her second chance at first love? 

Charming, hilarious and totally unputdownable, Miss Wrong and Mr Right will put a huge smile on your face and keep you guessing who Natalie’s ‘Mr Right’ is until the very last page.

What people are saying about Miss Wrong and Mr Right:

‘I just love Robert Bryndza's writing. He creates great characters and the funniest situations which could well have you laughing aloud! For all its humour, there is a lot of emotion in this book too…I felt that these were totally believable characters who I'd love to read more about and many of the funny situations could actually happen.’ Portobello Book Blog

‘When it comes to writing about family life and all the palava, Robert does this very well. They feel like real people…He writes great romantic comedy that you want to read again and again.’ Books and Authors UK

‘I found myself smiling continually…Robert Bryndza brings a wonderful turn of phrase to some of this characters, and Natalie's Hungarian gran is a real tonic, and one of my favourite characters…some of what she comes out with will have you laughing your head off…an excellent romantic comedy.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘One of my favourite things about Robert’s writing is how he creates these bold, hilarious and massively entertaining characters…When I had Miss Wrong and Mr Right in my bookish hands I was PROPERLEY LAUGHING. His writing is just so funny, yet natural at the same time which I think is all part of its appeal.’ Bookaholic Confessions
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***

A New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice”
Entertainment Weekly — Thriller Round-Up
The Wall Street Journal — 5 Killer Books for 2016
Hollywood Reporter — Hot Summer Books…16 Must Reads

“This thriller’s all of your fave page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) rolled into one.” —TheSkimm

“Both [Gillian] Flynn’s and Miranda’s main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale… All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Extremely interesting…a novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Are you paying attention? You’ll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it’s a page-turner to boot.” —Elle

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.
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 when she vanished twenty-six years ago.

 

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she discovers a family harbouring secrets, a detective plagued by her failure to find Jessica, and the mysterious death of a man living by the quarry.

 

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

 

Read what everyone is saying about Dark Water:

 

‘OH MY GOD! Just let me a take a moment while I catch my breath! I LOVED IT! WHAT A BOOK! WHAT AN AUTHOR! WHAT A READ! It is all consuming, there is no let up… every twist and turn is designed to make you gasp, to make your head spin and your heart beat out of your chest.’ Emma the Little Bookworm

 

‘HOLY MOLY Robert Bryndza has only gone and done it again… it's one of those books you can't bear to put down, as each chapter ends you just "have to read one more" and before you know it it's the middle of the night!... I can and will wholeheartedly recommend Dark Waters for anyone looking for an original crime story but with all the hallmarks of a truly thrilling tale.’ Book Review Café

 

 ‘Oh wowzerz … OMG I really wasn't expecting the ending … this is one hell of a read.’ Insights into the Wonderful World of Books

 

 ‘Utterly addictive … a book you really need to finish before bedtime, otherwise you will be up into the wee hours of the morning hooked!’ The Quiet Knitter

 

 ‘When all was revealed, I was totally gut punched… a winner and one that I feel will stay with me for quite some time.’ Novel Gossip

 

‘OMG!! What an amazing book! Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop! From the first chapter I was hooked and held bound and captive till the end … this book is just fabulous, and absolutely the author's best to date!!’ Relax and Read Book Reviews

 

‘Brilliantly plotted, incredibly captivating, and definitely a must-read!... Robert Bryndza is like a breath of fresh air. He creates characters we can't get enough of and juicy, complex stories that suck you in… He truly writes with great depth and heart, and leaves you, as a reader, surprised, highly entertained, and extremely satisfied.’ What’s Better Than Books

 

‘A gripping and an edge of your seat read. It made my heart and pulse race with every page I turned. It is one of those books that when you finish, you sit back and just think, wow! There is just so much more I want to say but I think I will just end up gushing and not do this fantastic book the justice it deserves. An outstanding read by an author who is one of my firm favourites.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

 

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?

 

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed.  One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

 

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card.  The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

 

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger… 

 

From the global million-copy bestselling author comes a totally heart-racing, hold-your-breath read that will keep you hooked until the very last page.

 

 

Read what everyone is saying about Deadly Secrets:

 

‘It was absolutely brilliant!…the story keeps you in suspense right to the end with more red herrings than you can shake a stick at.  I honestly didn’t guess who it was until the reveal actually happened, and loved the twist towards the end – very cleverly done!’ Stardust Book Reviews

 

‘I love how the author doesn't give anything away and kept me guessing throughout. I truly had no idea who could be behind the killings and when all is revealed, with some shocking twists, it won't be what you are expecting! …a thrilling and addictive read that chilled me to the bone.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

 

‘Simply Splendid!! This is another fabulous story by Robert Bryndza.  He certainly has a talent when it comes to writing entertaining Thrillers.’  Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘This newest installment has exactly the same high quality of writing, plot development, twists and the healthy dose of suspense and action I have become used to with this series. I found myself hooked right from the very first page as there is just something about the writing that draws you right in.’ It’s All About Books

 

‘Another amazing story with lots of twists and turns you don’t see coming. Cannot wait for the next one.’ Trish’s Blog

 

‘Once again it’s a fantastic read, read in one day and had a major book hangover afterwards!... I love this series; the characters are very well developed and relatable.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Talk about taking the reader by surprise. You will not see this ending coming…Reading about Erika is like meeting up with a friend. By this point I feel like I know her really well. She’s a fantastic character with so many layers.’ Goodreads Reviewer


En el ocaso de una sofocante noche de calor, la detective Erika Foster recibe una llamada para asistir a la escena de un crimen. La víctima, un doctor, es hallado ahorcado en su cama. Sus muñecas están atadas y se perciben sus abultados ojos a través de una bolsa de plástico atada por encima de su cabeza.

Pocos días después, otra víctima es encontrada muerta; la escena del crimen es exactamente igual. Mientras Erika Foster y su equipo comienzan a profundizar en la investigación, pronto descubren que se enfrentan a un calculador asesino en serie, que acecha a sus víctimas antes de elegir el momento más oportuno para atacarlas.

Las víctimas son todos hombres solteros, con vidas privadas muy alejadas del foco público. ¿Por qué sus pasados están envueltos en tantos secretos? Y sobre todo, ¿qué es lo que les vinculaba a cada uno de ellos con el asesino?

Mientras Londres padece una ola de calor, Erika Foster hará todo lo posible para detener al acosador de la noche antes de que el número de asesinatos siga aumentando, incluso aunque tenga que poner en riesgo su carrera. Pero es muy probable que no solo las víctimas estén siendo acosadas; tal vez la vida de la propia Erika también este en juego.

«Atractivo, sugerente, lleno de suspense. Una novela que no te puedes perder.» Erisea Magazine

«Con una gran trama que apela a lo más profundo de la naturaleza humana, unos personajes fascinantes que reflejan luz en su propia oscuridad.» Book Lover

«Tan lleno de pistas inteligentes como de giros. Mantiene al lector cautivado hasta la última página. Es adictivo, compulsivo y mucho más. » The Book Review Café

«Un thriller repleto de giros y sorpresas que te mantendrá en vilo toda la noche.» Booked: The Crime Fiction Club

«Un thriller inteligente. Una lectura que atrapa y con un final totalmente sorprendente. Una novela absolutamente necesaria para todos los fans de la novela criminal.» The Letter Book Reviews

«Un libro excepcional. Erika es un personaje tremendamente complejo e intrigante.» For the Love of Books

‘Will have you laughing your head off…an excellent romantic comedy.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that's about to host one of Hollywood's leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian Gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash. 

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie's escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door...

Jamie is in town producing a West End show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn’t quite the reunion Natalie was expecting. 

Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie’s perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie – could he be her second chance at first love? 

Charming, hilarious and totally unputdownable, Miss Wrong and Mr Right will put a huge smile on your face and keep you guessing who Natalie’s ‘Mr Right’ is until the very last page.

What people are saying about Miss Wrong and Mr Right:

‘I just love Robert Bryndza's writing. He creates great characters and the funniest situations which could well have you laughing aloud! For all its humour, there is a lot of emotion in this book too…I felt that these were totally believable characters who I'd love to read more about and many of the funny situations could actually happen.’ Portobello Book Blog

‘When it comes to writing about family life and all the palava, Robert does this very well. They feel like real people…He writes great romantic comedy that you want to read again and again.’ Books and Authors UK

‘I found myself smiling continually…Robert Bryndza brings a wonderful turn of phrase to some of this characters, and Natalie's Hungarian gran is a real tonic, and one of my favourite characters…some of what she comes out with will have you laughing your head off…an excellent romantic comedy.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘One of my favourite things about Robert’s writing is how he creates these bold, hilarious and massively entertaining characters…When I had Miss Wrong and Mr Right in my bookish hands I was PROPERLEY LAUGHING. His writing is just so funny, yet natural at the same time which I think is all part of its appeal.’ Bookaholic Confessions
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