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?
A pause-resisting thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today.
©2016 Robert Bryndza (P)2016 Bookouture
I enjoyed Jan Cramer's narration of Angela Mason's Kim Sone books, so I thought I'd try this.
I found the story incredibly frustrating. The behaviour of the protagonist is all over the place. The premise of her returning to such a case off the back of a long leave -let alone having a job if she had screwed up as badly as they claim - seems utterly ridiculous to me. Not a believable or particularly gripping story.
Exciting and interesting story. Well written.
Was interesting from beginning to end.
The narrator couldn't have sounded more bored if she had tried. There was no depth to her voice and it sounded like she would rather have been doing a million other things than recording this story. Such a shame because otherwise the story was great.
Great read! Keeps the reader guessing till the end. Good narration of characters. Looking forward to reading book 2.
The reading and artistic interpretation of the characters was atrocious! Stanza and effect of vocal performance of Jan Cramer makes me wonder if she could be bothered! Poorly written with verbal duplication and it seemed the author had not had this proof read. Multiple grammatical errors as well as unrealistic and exaggerated description of events made it painful to listen to.
DCI Foster, stay in Manchester you would be a liability in any team.
The storyline wasn't too bad, but in general I found a lot of the dialogue was just aggressiveness, defensiveness and general argy-bargy (for wont of a better word). Work colleagues, suspects etc all seem angry with each other, and it was just annoying and distracting to be honest. It wasn't as though it was part of a character build or setting the nature of a scene, just appeared to me that everyone was unhappy and annoying. No-one spoke respectfully to each other, as I said, to the point of annoyance.
I took a long time to finish the book due to the annoyance of the dialogue.
The narrator was fine.
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The art of the genre writer is to take the formula and twist it, to bring a credibility and nuance to the characters and plot. I didn't feel enough of that twist. For me, each character marched along a predicable path to an inevitable end. If you like to know what's coming, and prefer familiar stereotyped characters -- rebel cop with a personal tragedy to bear -- bullying top brass who later eat their words and baddies you can hate because you prefer your heroes working class -- go for it. But it's not my kinda story.
"Great detective thriller!"
I keep 40 to 50 audiobooks as my backup stash for when I run out of my preferred authors. After reading a recent review of this novel by one of the Audible listeners I follow, I dug into the stash to listen to the book. The Girl in the Ice is set in London, The protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Erica Foster, is a brash, confident, insubordinate, capable, deeply damaged and ultimately brilliant 25 year veteran detective. This is a wonderful novel that I could easily listen to again. Highly recommended!
"mystery not bad but Erika needs improving"
The mystery was intriguing enough, but I found Erika Foster lacking. Considering she was supposed to be s very experienced and supposedly capable investigator, she did not act like one. Loses her composure, acts unprofessionally, and ends up the damsel in distress too often for a 25 year veteran. The only reason we know she is supposed to be a damned good cop is because the other characters keep saying so, rather than by her actions.
At first I was not happy with the voice performance either, the reader's habit of ending sentences on an uplift made everything sound like a question - making the character sound annoyingly unsure. However considering the way the characterization went, I guess it was suitable after all.
There's more that I could say, but it would mean spoiling the plot, so I will stop here.
"BBC or Netflix Material"
Don't know. I have only heard the audio.
Not the edge. But I did sit up once or twice. It just wasn't that type of book for me. The book had more of a cruise control feel.
Just how annoying Erica was.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It was like listening to one of those Netflix Original Shows, especially the crime ones. You knew it would be good.
I had high hopes for this book. To be fair, it is an entertaining listen and I was somewhat interested to find out the details of the mystery as it unfolded. However, I never felt truly engaged. This is primarily because I found the character development shallow and boring. I couldn't bring myself to care one way or another about any of the characters. This is a deal breaker for me. Additionally, when the mystery/crime was revealed it seemed convoluted and silly. This book is adequate if you just want light entertainment. I would not read any additional books in the series.
"Great detective work/Police politics"
First let me say I felt as if I knew the main character from another story. Of course, it cant be true. She is a tenacious detective, self assured, irreverent, insubordinate and brilliant.
The opening pages introduce her convalescing after the death of her husband. She had led he and several others into an ambush in a previous case.
The mystery revolves around a murder of a socialite from an aristocratic family. This puts the family of the victim under the judgementsl eye of the media. Her family is polically powerful, which puts more pressure on the police. Most important, it exacerbates the contentious relationships between detectives and their headquarters.
It is a clever, witty novel. Sharp banter and never a dull moment. I liked it enough to immediately purchase its sequel.
And to spend an hour or so trying to discover who the herione reminded of.
DD Warren maybe. Inspector Gamache led his men into an ambush. One of Karin Slaughter's or Marsons???
"the great murder mystery"
great story! This novel left you guessing until the very end. narrator was great especially for having a British accent, which can sometimes be difficult to understand.
"I'm not sure I will ever finish"
I haven't finished this book and I am not sure that I will ever do so. That someone could have become a senior police officer and still be so stupid and reckless is really rankling with me. I am tempted to just fast forward to the end to get the whole thing over and done with. The premise is good, the narrator is OK but the main protagonist is getting on my nerves.
"The Girl in the Ice"
YES, it's very entertaining, suspenseful, and the narrator is very good at her characterizations.
You couldn't guess the villain right away. Kept you guessing.
Helped you to get to know the characters, especially, the main one.
The confrontation in her apartment with the killer.
Good book, read it in on sitting! Thank you Mr Bryndza! Looking forward to the "Night Stalker."
"Almost stopped listening"
The characters became predictable; I get particularly annoyed when the police do stupid, risky things when it's stunningly clear they're going to get into trouble. The "administrative" part of the police were particularly annoying and unbelievable: totally in the pocket of corrupt politicians one minute, good guys the next. I wanted to know who done it, so I listened to the end, but it was a chore.
"Thriller but not gory"
Very suspenseful. Nice narration. Worth the time. I would buy the next books in this series for sure.
What a killer start to a novel! Heart-pounding, tense, and horrifying, it had me on the edge of my seat. And from that moment, I was hooked.
The author, Robert Bryndza, has created a fabulous cast of characters. The title of this novel, The Girl In The Ice, could as much be about the main character in this book as it is about the remains found in a frozen lake. DCI Erika Foster initially comes across as a cold woman – strong, feisty, but with little warmth. As the story proceeds, her heartbreaking back story is revealed, as is the vulnerability beneath her exterior. The more people, including colleagues, try to stop her from getting to the truth, the more determined she becomes, and the more I warmed to her. The author was incredibly clever the way he had ‘frozen’ Erika slowly thawing and coming alive again after everything that she had endured.
It did annoy me a bit, though, that Erika seems to find herself helpless and in need of rescuing several times along the way. It made me feel as if the book was paying lip service to having a strong female lead, but in reality she was just another damsel in distress. Hopefully, this minor criticism will be tackled in the next book though – one I’m very much looking forward to reading.
With so many possible suspects, I was kept guessing all the way through. There are section from the killer’s point of view, which I particularly enjoyed, and they really had me guessing. As the pieces of the puzzle were pulled together, the chapters became more and more tense. I listened to this on audiobook, rather than read it, and found myself wandering around the house with my kindle, unable to put it down because I was desperate to know how it would end. That’s the sign of a brilliant crime novel – and that’s exactly what The Girl In The Ice is.
"Superb....I couldn't put it down"
Gripping, intense, excellent!!
If you enjoy Peter James' Roy Grace series, or Angela Marsons Kim Stone Series you will love this book.
This book grips you from the start and all the way through, i read it in 3 days! i couldnt put it down
If i had the time, i would of definitely read this book in one sitting, but as it was, it took me just 3 days to read.
I enjoyed this book immensely, the main characters have their own back story, which i hope will be delved in to more as the series continues. The narration was varied and exciting, and not monotone like many other narrators out there. the story had me gripped from beginning to end and i am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Erica Foster Series.
"First class police procedural"
I've made some bad choices recently with my purchases so it's a great relief to find a book that ticks all the boxes for me. Great story, interesting lead characters and a wonderful narrator. Looking forward to book 2.
"Astounding and shocking Debut."
This incredible thriller debut by Robert Bryndza is often jaw droppingly astounding and intensely clever, leading to a twisted climax that the reader will never see coming. The strong female lead is as lovable as she is unlikeable, creating a new DCI that ranks alongside Peter Jame's 'Roy Grace'. The type of thriller that one picks up and after the first chapter, finds that it's almost impossible to put down. The audible companion is cleverly and effortlessly narrated by the talented Jan Cramer, who manages to further enhance the intricate and intriguing characters with her brilliant and wonderful tone. This book is a definite must read to add to your thrilling collection. I for one, couldn't recommend this powerful and clever story highly enough.
"Just another British police murder mystery"
So I'm giving this review three stars as I did finish the audiobook and enjoyed it to a certain extent. However, I felt the plot was slow paced and quite predictable, the other main issue I had was the characters didn't seem that believable or to have that much depth to them. The ones whom aren't on the main characters side to me weren't believable in their negativity. Further to this I found the performance of the reader in parts where characters were speaking to sometimes either get on my nerves or be poorly acted not portraying my view of the characters. I give the audiobook 3 stars as I did enjoy the story and it was a mystery until the end, however I really don't understand the rave reviews this book has been getting as it's essentially just your everyday British police murder mystery
"Great gripping listen!"
Great narrator and great new character for my list. off to buy next one now
"Fast-Paced, Gripping & a Great Start to the Series"
I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the audio version of this novel. I listen to a lot of audio books but I don’t usually review them, this is the first! I find it easy to follow audio books but have to admit that I’ve never listened to a crime/thriller novel before as I worried it would be harder to keep track of the characters.
I loved listening to this novel. The narrater, Jan Cramer, has done a brilliant job of bringing great characters to life. She does a different voice for each character and this made the novel so easy to follow, I soon knew which voice belonged to which character and could relax and enjoy listening to the novel.
The novel as a whole is great – it kept me engrossed and I found that when I stopped listening for the day I was couldn’t wait to get back to it. I found Erika Foster really interesting as a character and although she falls into the trope of troubled detective to a degree, it didn’t feel like a stereotype. Her character, and what she had been through, felt completely believable and the way she was coping felt very realistic and that was a refreshing change from a lot of crime/detective novels.
I found the whodunnit element very good too – I only worked out who the killer was shortly before it was revealed and I think that was the point the reader is supposed to realise. I loved that I hadn’t been able to work out who it was earlier – I had my suspicions at various points in the book but I wasn’t sure.
The novel itself is a brilliant start to a new series and I’ll absolutely by buying the next book. I’ll also definitely look out for audio books narrated by Jan Cramer in the future.
If anyone reading this review has never listened to an audio book before or, like me, was put off listening to a crime novel in case it’s harder to follow as an audio book then please consider this one. The characters are so well written that you can tell them apart plus Jan Cramer’s narration is such that all the voices sound different from each other so you very quickly know who’s speaking. It’s a brilliant audio book all round.
I rated this audio book 4.5 out of 5 and I’m very much looking forward to reading, or listening to, the next book in the series.
I received a complementary copy of this audiobook from Audible via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Girl in the Ice is published by Bookouture. It’s out now and available in ebook, paperback and audiobook formats.
I undestand the author is an experienced Chick Lit author. This is evident in this book. Poor research, hackneyed, clichéd plot with 2 dimensional cartoon characters and a large serving of sexism - fat cheery lesion, unprofessional overwrought widowed policewoman... If you are 13 and have a library of Celeb "autobiographies" then you may enjoy this, but I doubt it.
"5 stars book?!? What am I missing?"
I probably would not. I just about made it through this one. Although I might give Mr Bryndza another try at somme point. He is a new author and deserves a break.
Jan Cramer tries her best but even the best narrator can’t work magic if the book is poor. Also her Eastern European accents sounded awful, at least to my Czech ears.
The book is about 3 hours too long. Many scenes are just stretched forever without adding anything to the overall narrative.
I was put off by the title. In today’s world of crime fiction, it’s almost a prerequisite to have the word “girl” in the title. The glowing 5 stars reviews from my fellow audio listeners persuaded me to give it a go. But now I am totally puzzled, did we listen to the same book?
The main character is just one big cliche. She is a maverick cop with emotional issues due to the tragic events in her past. Right! (The only surprise here is that Erika hasn’t got a drinking problem.) She is rude, she is reckless and she doesn't "do politics". (Yet somehow she still managed to rise to the rank of a DCI.) Right! And it just continues throughout the book: she fights with her boss; she is unfairly suspended; she doesn't follow the most basic police procedures because "she has a hunch"; she almost gets herself killed …… oh boy.
I think there is a good book somewhere in this mess but the final output falls short on so many levels. To be fair I don’t blame Mr Bryndza, he is a first time author who has a great potential. It’s the publisher's fault for not providing more support and editing guidance.
It was ok. That's the best I can say really! Nothing v new or original and I got really fed up with Erika disobeying her senior officers on practically every page and getting away with it every time. Sorry but this Maverick cop going her own way and coming good against the odds is just a bit tired now.
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