Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza


Pages: 334 (e-book)   Price: £1.99   Published: September 2017   Genre: Crime, Mystery


“When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.”

My Review:

I had high hopes going into this book, the blurb really interested me and the first couple of chapter piqued my interest but it did not last. I really tried to like this book, I really did but something about it failed to grip me in entirely which I was disappointed at due to other reviews I had read saying how great it was. What’s strange is with other books I haven’t really loved I can point out what I didn’t love but with this book I don’t know what it is that made me not love it.

The story is, in a nutshell, these two bodies wash up two weeks apart packed tightly in suitcases and horribly dismembered, the protagonist Detective Erika Foster makes a link between the two and soon realises she’s after a serial killer. The book is also written in the perspective of a girl called Nina Hargraves, the girlfriend of the killer, Max Kirkham. It’s a very Bonnie and Clyde kind of thing but I really hated Max, yes he was the antagonist and you’re supposed to hate him but I hated him more than that. He was a character I wanted to punch myself.

I don’t really know what to say about the book honestly, it just kind of breezed by and nothing significant stood out to me because I just tolerated it, it was too bland. Honestly it isn’t the sort of book I would actively look into reading again. There were no shock horror revelations or huge twists that sucked you in, the story just followed a predictable path that I couldn’t get in to.

Once again I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher Bookouture for providing me with a free copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3/5 STARS

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