Deadly Secrets is the latest book in the fantastic and thrilling Erika Foster series. It’s so hard to keep up with crime series, but I love this one, and always make sure I’m up-to-date with the trials and tribulations of Erika.
To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.
On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?
Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.
Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.
Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…
It’s old news that this series is one of my favourite crime series ever, I’ve been a fan of Erika’s since the very first book. As this is the sixth instalment, I highly recommend reading the series in order as this one contains spoilers for the previous books, particularly the last book, Cold Blood. As someone who has read this entire series, it’s fantastic to see a continuation of the characters’ lives; while the case is a new one, the continuing backstory of the characters shows just how well Bryndza has plotted out the character development aspects of this series.
The case in Deadly Secrets is a chilling one, and the first brutal murder comes in the very first chapter! I’ve said it a million times, I love when a book opens with a murder, it’s a fantastic way to open a novel as you’re presented with so many questions from the onset – who’s the victim, why did they die, was it random or planned, who is the killer? Bryndza certainly knows how to excite crime fiction fans!
The plot that follows was very clever, there were a few times I thought I knew ‘whodunit’ but, I was wrong and so glad I was because the ending to this one was brilliant, a completely unexpected twist. The chapters are short making this a quick read and definitely has that “just one more chapter” feeling – yeah that one-more chapter thing had me up until 3am!
I can’t fawn over Erika enough, one of the things I missed in the last book was the attention paid to her personal life. I was so glad to see it here – while it didn’t overpower the investigation, it just strengthened my love for Erika that little bit more, because I think her portrayal in this one really showed her in a ‘human-light’ – yes, she’s one hell of a fierce and determined detective, but I love seeing how she deals with all that she’s been through/going through in her personal life, her vulnerabilities, and how it’s shaping her as a person.
Deadly Secrets is a thrilling read and showcases just how far people go to keep secrets. It, and this entire series, is perfect for fans of police procedurals and crime thrillers, those who love an exciting plot, filled with great characters. I absolutely recommend this novel and I cannot wait to read book 7!
This book is available to buy from Amazon UK
*My thanks to the publisher (Bookouture) for granting me access to a digital copy of this title via Netgalley*
The Erika Foster Series in order [so far]
#1 – The Girl in the Ice
#2 – The Night Stalker
#3 – Dark Water
#4 – Last Breath
#5 – Cold Blood
#6 – Deadly Secrets