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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 26 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 realizes 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.

©2016 Robert Bryndza (P)2016 Bookouture

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***Dark Water***

Omg I didn't expect the twist in the end how sad :( It's an engrossing, gritty story that keeps me guessing from beginning to end. Detective Erika Foster is tough as nuts and she is determined and passionate like a dog with a bone she won't let up. This is such a tragic story that it made me cry and mad at the same time. Jan Cramer is brilliant as Erika and not so bad as the rest of the characters wither but she played Toby and I thought she sound like a woman no distinction much. Anyway this book is brilliant kudos Robert Bryndza for another thrilling story.

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Loved it

DCI Erika Foster is a force to be reckoned with but still human and vulnerable. Great read.

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Hooked

I absolutely love this series, Roberts books are so addictive! Most definitely recommend, such interesting plot lines!

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intriguing

A thoroughly enjoyable audiobook. I enjoyed the storyline as well as the way this book is read. I love the characters and the series and am excited to go onto the next book in the series. Fabulous.

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Another great story from Robert Bryndza

. Intrigue action description woven together to create a spell to hold you till the end.

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Lots of twists and turns

Just when i thought i knew who the murderer was another twist in the story occurred and i had to rethink the ending.
Unfortunately Jan Cramer's performance was disappointing, in each novel i listen too that she narrates the same few voices appear...not much depth in her available to distinguish between character in this story and others i have listened too by her.

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Good storyline.

Only 4 stars as I managed to work out the twist. Pity I was forewarned by the critics review.

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  • T. McTier
  • 11-11-2016

Excellent Storyline That Kept Me Guessing Until the Very End

I love all Robert Bryndza's Erika Foster books. He does an excellent job weaving a tale that captivates me until I finish the entire novel—usually in one sitting. This novel is no different. I highly recommend this book and all the books in this series. I also look forward to more novels in this series. I would love to see Erika get the praise and love she so desperately needs and deserves. (I would also like to see a couple of her nemeses get what they deserve as well....lol)

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 20-04-2017

Erika Foster, England's Answer To Dept Q

Harry Hole, Department Q, arguably the best police procedurals on Audible, and now Erika Foster. All feature 3 brilliant, but severely flawed detectives working uunder politically charged pressure. All 3 are are centered around anti-social heroes with an indescribable charisma.

Dark Water centers on Erika Foster's team taking on a 23 year old cold case; the murder of a 7 year old girl. They are under the spotlight of both the media and a new regime in the police department. And they are infiltrated by traitors within their ranks.

This is another gripping, fast paced thriller easily worth your time.

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  • Lulu
  • 02-11-2016

Strong Entry in a Consistent Series

This book started off a little jarring. It took a little while to realize some time had passed from the previous book and Erika was no longer at the same division with the same partners. Luckily many of the secondary characters from the first two books were eventually brought back in to participate in this book as well. That is good news because I think one of the strengths of the series is the multitude of flawed and/or interesting secondary characters. Several new characters were also introduced that I hope play a recurring role. I would like to know more about her sister and the new female chief.

The mystery was engaging as well. I admit I had only figured out who two/thirds of the bad guys were, so a good portion of the ending was surprising to me.

The narrator is not bad. She just adds nothing to the experience. Which is in some ways a good thing because she isn't overly theatrical. At the same time, I would never decide to listen to an audiobook just because she was the narrator, and there are some narrators that I will read anything they narrate.

Overall a good edition to the series and I will read the next installment.

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  • tmitch
  • 24-10-2016

i really love this series!! i have listened to all three books. i hope there is another one soon.

i really love this series!! i have listened to all three books. i hope there is another one soon.

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  • EveryContinent
  • 12-11-2016

Captivating, plenty of red herrings

The author has done it again with his third DCI Erika Foster book. I can't get enough. Highly recommendable. Jan Cramer's narration is excellent.

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  • Cathy J Hunter
  • 20-02-2020

No better the second time

This book seems familiar to me as if I had read it once before and then returned it. The story doesn’t seem to go any place and I wouldn’t recommend it

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  • Alexandra
  • 12-02-2019

predictable

had Hope's for this as it was reviewed as the British answer to Dept Q and I loved that series. But, this does not even come close to the quality and originality of Dept Q series. this uses predictable dialog and characters - too formulaic to even be interesting

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  • Kirsten S.
  • 26-07-2017

Best of the series

Best so far of the series. Didn't drag like the rest. Still annoying that Foster can't figure anything out until the very end. But good storyline overall.

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  • Cnevans83
  • 25-07-2017

Another Excellent story!

Robert Brynzda has made a memorable character with Erika Foster - along the lines of Kay Scarpetta. The stories get better each time, and the end is always on the edge.

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  • Tammy
  • 10-02-2017

Quickly becoming my favorite series

Would you listen to Dark Water again? Why?

Yes, I would. I love the mystery and suspense that seems to follow Erica wherever she goes.

What other book might you compare Dark Water to and why?

The other two books in this series, of course. Same author and narrator and as I said above, Erica is like a murder magnet. Serial killers seem to flock to whatever department she's working in, invisibly begging her to try and catch them.

What does Jan Cramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She truly brings the characters to life. I love the gritty no-nonsense way Foster and the other key characters are both written, and vocalized.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There's an extra body at my crime scene... must be Thursday!

Any additional comments?

I am really enjoying each new installment of this series, and sincerely hope the author continues to cause trouble for DCI Foster for years to come. Bryndza has a knack for weaving together intricate plot and story lines and keeping the reader on their toes from the first page to the last. If you enjoy murder mysteries, serious suspense and strong female leads, then you'll love this series.

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  • Mrs L Lloyd
  • 01-12-2016

Painful to listen to

the narrator spoilt this story she was reading it in a light-hearted jolly. condescending tone that was so not appropriate for this dark tale. couldn't even finish the book it was so annoying

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  • Madeleine Hartley
  • 09-12-2016

Something's fishy

The story was gripping but there was something a bit off with the narration, at times the tone was a bit off. We were told people were in tears but their voices were jolly! It detracted from the tension..

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  • Machell
  • 09-12-2016

Great story line....God awful narrator !

Would you try another book written by Robert Bryndza or narrated by Jan Cramer?

I have listened to all three Erika Foster series , purely for the
' who dun it' thrill, and to see an improvement. Never again will i listen to a book narrated by Jan Cramer !!
It was like she had no interest in the books and no interest in captivating the audience.
i have heard washing instructions being read out with more gusto!

What did you like best about this story?

spoilt for me by the narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jan Cramer’s performances?

No Never

Any additional comments?

sorry Robert , i enjoyed the story but was marred by the narrators flippant attitude.

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  • Judith Lennon
  • 31-03-2017

Gripping

Brilliant! Had me guessing to the end. Couldn't put it down. Hope there's more to come.

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  • Dorothy
  • 29-03-2017

Stunning

I have read all three thrillers by Robert Brindza, plus the excellent Miss wrong and Mr. Right, and all his books are original, well thought out and well written. They are very exciting too. Dark Water had me guessing right up the the last 45 minutes of the book. No one could guess what really happened to Jessica Collins. The story line is stunningly original and convoluted, however, whether it is believable is another matter. It is a story and reality is often suspended with a book like this. The unfolding of the case leaves one to wonder if people would really do something like this. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book, at least DCI Erika Foster didn't come to any harm in this book. I am eagerly looking forward to Robert Brindza's next book. If you are not sure whether to buy this book then I urge you to give it a try, it's good. Suspense all the way. One thing though, you should read the first and second Erika Foster books first.

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  • chickensnr
  • 17-02-2017

gripping thriller another master class

great flow and pace with a mighty twist at the end

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  • KV
  • 24-05-2020

Dark Water

Audio was extremely bad. It spoiled the enjoyment of the book. Please improve the audio with narration

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  • Alison
  • 28-04-2020

Good thriller

Very well presented good story interesting story lots of twists and turns I found it hard to put down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2019

Brilliant Thriller

loved this book .could not stop .finished in 2 Days.love the Characters. Love Erika Foster.

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  • Nicks
  • 19-01-2019

average story ruined by narrator

Narrator's voice is quite sing-song and it came across (to me) as if she was bored while reading. Which didn't make the story any more interesting. Could not even finish unfortunately.

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