The Night Stalker
Detective Erika Foster, Book #2
By Robert Bryndza
Author’s Website: http://www.robertbryndza.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a sweltering 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 heat wave 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.
The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.
DCI Erika Foster is back to find a new killer that has started stalking during the warm nights of London in search of revenge. It all starts when a mysterious figure dressed in all black breaks into the house of a doctor (Dr. Gregory Munro) that just got home from work and is all alone. As Dr. Munro showers, the figure enters his house and drugs the food that is waiting for him. Once Gregory eats the food, he feels the effects and manages to make it to his bedroom. There the figure is waiting in the shadows and strangles him. A few days later, an old woman, the doctor’s mother, enters the house to feed the pet and finds her son dead.
Erika Foster and her team are tasked into solving the murder but given the odd way in which the man was found some officers are convinced that it was a sexual act gone wrong. DCI Foster fears that there is a killer on the loose and now it is her job to find the killer.
But as they try to put the pieces of the puzzle together more bodies start appearing and one of them is close to the team.
Across the storyline, we see Erika still mourning the death of her late husband and by the decisions that lead to his death. The good thing is that Erika still has her team at the commissary that helps her with the investigation. Officer Crane and Officer Warren, along with Sargent Woolf are new additions to Erika’s team. It was good to know that Erika had coworkers she can trust, but still, there are some officers that still don’t like her in power or wish to see her succeed. I’m still not sure what to think of DCS Marsh, sometimes he helps Erika and other times he only seems to look after his own career.
In Night Stalker, we get to learn more about Erika’s family. We learn about a sister with kids and a new baby on the way and how her husband has problems with the law. I hope that we can learn and see more of them in the future and see how they interact in Erika’s life.
There were some characters and subplots that I believe were not developed to their full potential, but they might be used in the future. One of the characters was Gary Wilmslow and the illegal things he was doing. The way that part of the story was written, gives me the idea that this was not the last time we see or hear about Gary.
I liked that the victims of the killer had a specific meaning behind their death and they weren’t just randomly selected. One of the victims was a writer, an author that was mentioned in previous books, and I liked how his relationship with the killer was written and how it influenced the killer’s origin.
It was interesting how in this book we get to know who the killer is from the beginning and we got to know more about his/her motives and how they interacted with the world.
Night Stalker is an interesting book that blends fiction with actual problems that men and women go through in their personal life and their work life.
If you are a fan of Robert Bryndza and his work, then I recommend Night Stalker. In this book, we get to see DCI Erika Foster as she tries to catch a killer that she believes has similar experiences to her.