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 twenty-six 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 realises 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.
My review: 5/5
I have watched Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster series evolve with interest and Dark Water for me is in one of the must reads of 2016! This series just gets better and better!
Erika and her team are involved in a search for a major narcotics haul in a disused quarry when the remains of 7 year old Jessica Collins is uncovered. Jessica went missing 26 years ago. Despite Erika not being involved in the Murder Investigation Team she has no qualms about using her contacts to push her way into lead investigator for the Jessica Collins case and despite ruffling some feathers she is soon in charge of taking the investigation forward.
I love Erika’s character – she is fiesty and tenacious with an underlying vulnerability which is slowly being uncovered as the series develops. She is not a career detective and is aware that her methods in the past have caused her to miss out on promotion. This is what I love about her as a character – she is in the role to bring justice to the victims and is completely focused on her role and chance to bring the voice of the victim to the fore – nothing stands in her way least of all red tape and procedure!
Dark Waters covers a number of themes – child sex abuse and the failure of the system to mete out adequate justice and what happens when other people take it into their own hands. The main theme underlying the story, however, is lies and deception and the ripple effect that these can cause throughout the years. It is uncomfortable reading at times and leaves the reader frustrated at those more focused on covering up dark secrets than discovering what actually happened to Jessica 26 years ago.
This book was a compelling read and I read it in less than 24 hours! It had me gasping and shaking my head as I tried to work out who was guilty and it kept me guessing all the way through; I love the developing relationship between Erika and Peterson and I am keen to see where this goes and what impact that this will have on Erika – she sees herself foremost as a detective before a person and I will be keen to see how she will deal with a potential crack in her armour.
I’d highly recommend this book to others and it was so easy to award it 5 stars! Roll on book number 4!