A couple of weeks ago I posted on my Instagram saying that I wanted to get into the thriller genre. I then received an e-mail from a Dutch publisher if they could send me some thrillers. How kind! Well, one of those books was Het Meisje in het Ijs by Robert Bryndza; The Girl in the Ice in English. This is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series.
Het Meisje in het Ijs by Robert Bryndza
Published by Uitgeverij Boekerij on January 9th 2018
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?
Ok, so I started reading this book at about 8 in the evening, and I finished it at 2 am… I guess you could say I liked it! This is my first five-star read in a long long time. I just could not stop reading this book. It was so thrilling and exciting and I just had to know what was going on and who was the killer. I really got sucked into the book and it just didn’t let me go.
I think Erika Foster is a very strong character. A relatable character that I grew really fond of throughout the book. We learn that she has had a really rough time and that she has lost her husband. But she keeps on ploughing through and she keeps focussed on getting the killer. Despite all the roadblocks that are thrown in her direction. A good main character is one of the most important ingredients to a gripping read. Well, I loved Erika Foster and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.
So I’m not an experienced thriller reader, but I guess it all stands or falls with the ending. The grand reveal of the killer and everything leading up to it. The solving of the puzzle. I definitely did not see this ending coming. Out of all the suspects I had in my head, I did not even think about the actual killer. I was really stunned, like reading with open mouth stunned. What I also really loved is that there were some scenes written from the killers perspective. Which really gave it an extra creepy touch.
If you like thrillers you have to read this book! And if you’re not sure if you like thrillers or not, pick up this book and I’m sure you’ll get just as hooked as I did. What makes me very happy is that there are 6 books in this series to this date. There might be more to come. So I am very excited to read more of Erika Foster’s adventures. In Dutch, the first 3 books are published and the 4th book (Laatste Adem) will be published on the 7th of May.
*This book was kindly gifted to me by the Dutch publisher