This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Dark Water.
DCI Erika Foster is undertaking a drugs search on behalf of the Organised Crime Unit when her team finds the skeleton of missing child, Jessica Collins, who disappeared on her way to a friend’s birthday party 26 years ago. Erika is given permission to bring in her own team to work on the case, but with so little evidence available to them, will they find out what happened to Jessica?
Dark Water is the third novel in Bryndza’s DCI Erika Foster series, so when I began reading it, I was concerned that I would find it difficult to involve myself in it, having not yet read the first two instalments. However, from the first page, Bryndza describes the quarry in which Jessica is found, and the surroundings in which Erika works, in such immaculate detail that it is impossible not to be gripped by the plot as it develops.
There are many layers to Dark Water, and through these layers Bryndza explores several themes which are relevant to today’s society, including religion, paedophilia and homophobia. Unlike in many novels, I found that the extra strands to the plot gave Dark Water its richness, as it enabled the reader to relate to the characters and engage emotionally in the novel. Each strand of the novel comes together expertly at the end, and unusually, I had no feeling that there were issues left unexplored, or characters who did not reach their potential.
My reviews often express my love for a novel with a twist, and Dark Water has one which gives the novel a very tense and gripping ending that has left me reeling long after turning the final page. It is now my intention to find and read the first two instalments of the DCI Erika Foster series as soon as possible!
Dark Water is available on Amazon.