Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza Review

Title: Cold Blood

Author: Robert Bryndza

Narrator: Jam Cramer

Publisher: Bookouture

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: September 14, 2017

Overall:5 out of 5 stars 

Source: Purchased

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

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. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. 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.

Will Erika Foster ever get a break? That’s what I’m wondering with the conclusion of Cold Blood. This book was really long, and I’m quite shocked by the turn of events. I’m having a definitive book hangover.

I felt bad for Nina, she was absolutely brainwashed by Max. He controlled her, manipulated her, and abused her. Reading those scenes were she was locked in the apartment were chilling because Nina was so normal. That doesn’t absolve her of guilt for her crimes, or the people she hurt but I genuinely believe if she had never come across him that she would never have been capable of the atrocities she committed. Max was a product of his environment, feeling unwanted and out of control. Like many typical serial killers he compensated for that by having to be in control, and having to be the thing that Nina wanted the most.

It really felt like Erika got the blunt end of the stick in this book for personal reasons. Yes, she’s abrasive and could be less outspoken but is that the reason for everyone to dislike her or dump her the minute they become well enough and don’t need her assistance anymore? I admit that I prefer Peterson to Marsh (in romantic ways), but in this book Peterson’s character really fell flat for me. While Marsh’s character didn’t really endear himself anymore than it had in previous books. However, I do appreciate that these relationships are not taking the tried and true approach of most relationships in books. These are far more messy and realistic than the standard mystery novel.

I LOVED the mystery/serial killer bent of this book. I did love seeing Erika grow and I’m hopeful that things will begin to look up for her in book six. 5 out of 5 stars.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**



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‘You fucking bitch!’ he said through the balaclava.
Erika angled the taser down to his crotch and fired it at his balls. He screamed and went rigid, hitting the ground.
“That’ll teach you to call me a fucking bitch.”