Bookreview: Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

Last year I really enjoyed the Detective Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, I read the first two books and loved them both. Those were the books that made me realize I wanted to read more thrillers. That is also one of my reading goals this year. So I had to start 2020 off with a thriller, I picked up book three in this series; Dark Water. And I can tell you it didn’t disappoint!

Donker Water by Robert Bryndza
Published by Uitgeverij Boekerij on October 2nd 2018
Dutch edition
368 pages

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.

Now I do have to say there is a but… Yes, I enjoyed this book a lot. Yes, I gave it 4 stars, but I do have some mixed feelings about this. I flew through this book, couldn’t put it down, absolutely devoured it and for a long time, it was headed to a 5-star review. But then the ending came… and it felt a little bit anti-climatic. To properly explain this I am now going into some spoilers. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, please don’t read beyond this point.


So the thing that mostly disappointed me, was the reveal of the real killers. And the reveal of Laura being the birth mother. Now I have to admit, I didn’t really see this coming. At least not at the beginning. But I did have a weird feeling about Oscar from the start, I did suspect him. I just had no idea why. Towards the ending, it became really clear that Laura had something to do with it. At that point, I thought this is going to be an interesting twist. But when the full story finally got explained it just felt a bit ‘meh’. It felt a little bit disappointing somehow that Jessica wasn’t really murdered, that it had all been a really unfortunate accident. I know that sounds really weird, but it’s a thriller for god sake. I guess I expected some gruesome story. I also feel like the ending was a bit rushed. I read some parts of it twice because it just went so quickly. There is so much build-up to an ending like this, and then I was just underwhelmed.

Another thing I didn’t like in the book is the fact that someone was stalking Erika again and that someone tried to kill her in her own home AGAIN. What are the odds of that actually happening? We saw that in the first book and I felt like that was just a little bit ‘been there done that’.

A thing that I definitely did like was the fact that Erika and Peterson got together. After everything she’s been through that just made me really happy. She deserves to find a guy again and not be on her own all the time. I really hope that this beginning relationship will blossom in the next books.

Ok, so after reading all this you might think I disliked this book. And that is so not true! Yes, I have some criticism, but overall I still really enjoyed this book. It was an absolute page-turner, it kept me on the edge of my seat and I’m really invested in the characters. So yes, there are some things I didn’t really like in this book, but I still had to give it 4 stars and I can not wait to start reading the next book, which is Laatste Adem/Last Breath. You can find my reviews of the other books here:

Het Meisje in het Ijs/ The Girl in the Ice
De Stalker in de Nacht/ The Night Stalker

*This book was kindly gifted to me by the Dutch publisher

1 Comment

  1. Avatar January 6, 2020 / 19:23

    Leuke review! Ik ben dol op Robert Bryndza, dus ik vind eigenlijk al zijn boeken heel erg leuk. Ik snap wel goed wat je zegt: ik had ook zoiets van, ‘Oke, word je al weer aangevallen in je eigen huis?’ en ik snap best dat ze er toch wat van moeten maken, maar toch…

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