The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster #2) by @RobertBryndza

The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster, #2)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.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

One-Sentence Summary: Detective Erika Foster is back in action tracking down a serial killer in South East London

Review: I love the second book in a series– the first book lays all the groundwork with the characters, the setting and relationships so the second book always feels like you’re coming home to a familiar world but there still many layers of the main characters to peel back and discover. That’s the reason why I have no hesitation to say that I enjoyed this latest Detective Erika Foster offering even more than the first.

I go past those bits of the tracks just outside London Bridge twice a day on my commute to/from London and every time I see those houses mentioned in the opening of this book, I always wonder to myself who on earth would live there?! Definitely not me after reading this book! Is there anything scarier to coming home to realise that your sanctuary has been invaded and someone is waiting in the dark for you?

Bold move going against the “white, male” stereotype of serial killers and it worked well. The plot had me hooked from the beginning and even after it was revealed to the reader who the killer was, I was just as interested in finding out how Erika was going to catch them. The only loose end that I could see was that it was never really explained how the killer was finding out where all her victims lived, or more importantly Erika who I am guessing is definitely not in the phone book? I suppose the perp had some hidden hacking skills.

As to the ending, I was angry on Erika’s behalf at the way she was passed over for promotion and, dare I say it without sounding like a raging feminist, in real life it would probably have a lot to do with being a woman (and a foreigner to boot!)! I love the world created in Lewisham though and Erika’s friendship with Moss, Isaac and Petersen so whilst I’d like to see her start over in another station on principle, an ideal solution might have her moving somewhere else and then a case (Jerome Goodman?) brings her back? Which brings me onto wondering just how long we have to wait before Erika’s showdown with the man who killed her husband? Any clues Robert Bryndza?

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