Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review - The Night Stalker

Title:   The Night Stalker
Author:  Robert Bryndza
Series:  Detective Erika Foster #2
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  416
Date of Publication:  October 2, 2018
My Rating:  5 Stars

If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead...

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 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 Peter James, you'll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.


Anyone who has read this book will not soon forget this line from the blurb, repeated for emphasis, If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead...

When Detective Erika Foster approaches a gruesome murder scene, she senses that this may just be the beginning of a pattern. Her instincts are right on target, as another body is soon discovered, and it appears he has died under the exact same circumstances. Erika and her team work vigorously while striving to find out the facts, only to realize that a very calculating serial killer is at large. 

One of the very first things Erika must determine is what these dead men have in common. What’s more is that they seem to have secretive pasts. How very odd. 

The Night Stalker is a harrowing story, full of twists and turns. The deeper Erika and her team investigate, the more gruesome facts they discover. This book cleverly divides time between the investigation while also allowing readers to see into the crazed killer’s mind and motivations. 

I am reading this series in the wrong order. I read book six, and am now reading this book, so it is very interesting to learn more about Erika and her tragic past. This goes a long way as to help me to see what drives her. Learning about Erika’s devastating loss of her husband was quite difficult to read. 

One really harrowing scene results from a bone-chilling phone call Erika received. If the suspense wasn’t already top-notch, this really ratcheted this book up. This story is definitely compelling. When I was forced to take a break, I realized that I had listened to 50% of the book. During my next sit down, I devoured the rest of it. As I reached the heart-stopping conclusion, I could barely take a breath!

If I ever have a chance to gain control of my toppling TBR pile, I would definitely like to read this entire series in order. This is the second book in the Detective Erika Foster series. The first book is The Girl in the Ice. The following books are Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, which I read and reviewed last April.

Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

This book was originally released on June 2, 2016.


Hello, I’m Robert Bryndza and welcome to my website. Here you can find out all about me and my books. I’m the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in my Detective Erika Foster series, and to date, it has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

My books have sold over 2.5 million copies, and have been translated into 28 languages. In addition to writing crime fiction, I have published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. I am British and live in Slovakia. Be sure to check out the pages for all my books, my blog, and the ‘frequently asked questions’ page.

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