A couple of months ago I wrote a bookreview about The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza. The first book in the Detective Erika Foster series. I really loved that book – read it in a day even. And now I have finally picked up the second book in the series: The Night Stalker. Which I have the Dutch version of called De Stalker in de Nacht.
De Stalker in de Nacht by Robert Bryndza
Published by Uitgeverij Boekerij on June 2nd 2016
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heatwave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
I’d say the books are quite similar. Again we see Erika hunting down a killer. There is one big difference in my opinion though. In the first book, we didn’t find out who the killer was until the end, in this book we find out a lot earlier. Which gives a whole other dynamic to the book. Also, in terms of guessing who the killer is… I always have it wrong. This time around while reading the book I felt like I knew who did it, like I figured it out. Obviously, I was completely wrong – I mean, my killer actually ended up being of the victims. But I guess that’s better, it makes it more thrilling to be surprised by it.
The killer in this book was interesting. Not at all what I expected. And even though this person is completely insane and ruthless I noticed myself sort of feeling bad. What I loved about the first book is that you get chapters from the killers perspective, which again happened in this book. And those chapters are so interesting as you get a little look inside their head.
I just loved this sequel. It was a very thrilling and suspenseful read and I loved how we got to know Erika even better in this book. She feels real, and so do the other characters. You just fly through these books, it reads so fast. I definitely recommend picking up this series, I myself can not wait to read the next book; Dark Water (Donker Water in Dutch)