- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (12 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910751774
- ISBN-13: 978-1910751770
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,19,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girl in the Ice: Vol.1: Volume 1 (Detective Erika Foster crime thriller novel) Paperback – 12 Feb 2016
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The book moves between various levels of London society. First, we have the snooty, super wealthy, titled, so-called cream of the society, represented by the Douglas-Browns. Britain is famous for its class conscious society and their snobbery, and the book does a good job of exposing the eccentricities of this "privileged" family. The victim’s sister, Linda, her obsession with cats, her insecurities makes for fascinating reading. In my view, she is one of the most interesting characters in the book. Second, is the underbelly of the city's life...the prostitutes, in this case immigrants who haven't achieved the dream they'd left their home country to achieve, the English Dream gone horribly wrong. The book focuses on immigrants from Slovakia – detective Foster too was born in Slovakia, and when the murder of three prostitutes, all originally from Slovakia, are found linked to the murder of Andrea, the investigation becomes even more personal for her. Finally, there is the Police Department and the officers involved in the investigation, a harassed, over-worked lot, constantly working under political and other pressures – not unlike the Indian police department!
Yes, I enjoyed the book – a LOT. But the ending was a bit of a let-down; more about that later. For me, the book was all about Erika Foster, her character is very endearing. She is dealing with a personal tragedy of horrific proportions, and – as often happens in real life - shifts her focus to her work instead, perhaps to retain her emotional equilibrium and sanity. In the process, she violates a number of rules, overrides her superiors and intermittently cocks a snook at the powerful Douglas-Browns, much to their rage. One holds ones breath during her many showdowns with her boss – oh god, the poor girl is going to loose her job, you think. Many may not approve Erika’s methods – after all, rules are meant to be followed, and authority is authority, isn’t it? But then – don’t we all love a person, who doesn’t CARE for authority and politicians and the system, but only for what is right and fair? You know when we watch Amitabh Bachchan movies, and he takes matters into his own hands, and takes on the system and ensures that justice is done.. how the audience burst into applause? That’s how I felt about detective Foster – atta girl, go for it!
Now for the ending. It left me bewildered...but why? Why did the murderer murder Andrea and the 3 prostitutes? I couldn't pinpoint any compelling reason. Nor were any obvious clues available in the course of the story (unless I missed them). And the final scene, with the police helicopter flying in to rescue Erika – it was too Bollywood-ish for my liking. One star minus for what (in my view) is not a great end to a good book.
I Googled Robert Bryndza, because I was curious. I hadn’t read any of his books. Robert Bryndza was born in the UK and lived in America and Canada before settling down in Slovakia (Slovakia again! – why am I not surprised?) with his Slovak husband Ján.
This is the first book in the detective Erika Foster series that I read, and I don’t think it would be my last; there are 4 more, I understand. I am glad I discovered Bryndza.
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