ARC REVIEW: Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza

Title: Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza
Published by: 
Raven Street Publishing
Publication date: 
7th July 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

How do you find a killer who has destroyed all the evidence?

Detective Erika Foster is on a late-night walk near her new house in Blackheath when she stumbles upon the brutal murder of Vicky Clarke, a true-crime podcaster.

Erika is assigned to the case and discovers that Vicky had been working on a new podcast episode about a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night. When Erika discovers that Vicky’s notes and sound recordings were stolen from her flat at the time of her murder, it leads her to believe that Vicky was close to unmasking the attacker, and she was killed to guarantee her silence.

The case takes on a disturbing twist when the body of a young Bulgarian student doctor is discovered in the same building, and this makes Erika question everything she thought she knew about Vicky. With very little evidence, the clock is ticking to find the killer before he strikes again.

My review:

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I have been waiting for another book in the Detective Erika Foster series since 2018 and I was so happy when Fatal Witness was announced. Despite the four-year gap in the series, it felt like no time at all had passed. I hope the wait for the next book isn’t as long though!

I was worried I’d have forgotten some things about the characters and their lives but events from the previous books are quickly summarised and I soon caught up. It works as a standalone for that reason but I’d definitely recommend reading the rest of the series! 

I liked the new developments with Erika’s life and I hope we get to see more of that in the next book. I love Erika but she’s very career-driven and loses herself in every case so much so that she forgets to look after herself and her life outside of work. She definitely needs a better work-life balance and I was pleased to see that this might be happening now! 

I loved the continued banter between Erika, Moss and Peterson. They all work together but they crack a lot of jokes and it made the book a bit more light-hearted. There’s some really gruesome murders in this story so the banter was definitely needed and appreciated. I was also happy to see Isaac return as I really like his character and his friendship with Erika. 

I haven’t read a crime book that revolves around a true crime podcast before and I found this particular plot very interesting. It was full of plenty of twists and turns that kept me invested in the story and the mystery was well-plotted. I was suspicious of a few characters, but I did not see that ending coming! 

If you’ve not read this series, please do because it’s one of my all-time favourites. Every book in the series is utterly thrilling and unputdownable. I highly recommend it!

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