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Dark Water

(Detective Erika Foster #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  15,567 ratings  ·  1,327 reviews
Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are
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Published October 20th 2016 by Bookouture
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again folks, Robert Bryndza has created another zinger with his surly DCI Erika Foster series! I swear each book continues to top the previous one, and I can see myself being invested in these characters for many books to come. I’m not quite sure how he does it, but Rob somehow creates characters who are realistic, flawed, and unlikable in the most likable way. Erika is not someone I could ever see myself connecting with in real life; she is battered, dark, and rude, yet in these books I si ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third in this gritty series featuring the driven DCI Erika Foster. Erika is no longer with the Murder Investigation Team and is now based at Bromley Police Station with the Projects Team that is intent on countering serious organised crime. Following a lead from the wife of a suspect, the team are searching for a large stash of drugs in a quarry in an effort to bring down a well known drug dealer, Jason Taylor. The drugs are found but there is a more macabre discovery of the remains ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish to thank Mr. Robert Bryndza, Bookouture, and Net Galley for gifting me an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

I thought Mr. Bryndza, previously known as a great chick lit writer, showed real potential with his debut thriller, The Girl in the Ice, starring DCI Erika Foster. I was impressed when book #2 in the series, The Night Stalker, was even better. The author continues to grow with book #3, Dark Water, which is another police procedural and a very strong piec
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh my goodness, Robert Bryndza knows how to reel the reader in as easy as a little itsy bitsy fish, - hook line and sinker!

This is the third outing for DCI Erika Foster, and we find her working in the Organised Crime team, but she'd much rather be back with the Murder Investigation Team.

The opening chapter has her team searching a water filled, disused quarry, where a notorious local drug dealer is known to have dumped a large stash of heroin. The drugs are soon found, but their search also rev
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2017
I've been a mystery/thriller fan since way back in the day and it's always been one of my go to genre's. The thing is..sometimes they get hyped up and they are a total suckfest. You know who did the deed and then the authors throw in everything but the kitchen sink.
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Or a train..or a "Girl" in the title and think that's enough hard work.

This series by Robert Bryndza is actually one of the better one's that I've picked up over the last few years. He has a somewhat likeable female main characte
I received a copy of Dark Water by Robert Bryndza through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Bookouture and to Robert Bryndza for the opportunity.

According to DCI Erika Foster: "We've got everything and nothing."

Erika Foster is feeling the tilt of the uneven ground. She is no longer on the Murder Investigation Team in Lewishham Row. She's been transferred to the Bromley Police Station working in the CID Division fighting organized crime. A potential opportunity to put a notorious drug
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Bryndza’s British police procedural featuring DCI Erika Foster.

This time as the story opens Erika is not working with murder investigators but rather with a projects team focusing on a major narcotics case.  Based on a tip she has ordered the search of an unused quarry hoping to find copious amounts of heroin, which ultimately the team does recover, however a more macabre find surfaces as well; the skeletal remains of what appears to be a small child.

Subsequent investi
Mary Beth
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is the third book of the DCI Erica Foster Series. I just couldn't wait to read this book because I just loved the book cover. The books just get better and better. This one I feel was the best. The character development has gotten better also. DCI Erica Foster is becoming a good friend. She is a gutsy kick ass chic. She reminds me a lot of Kate Burkholder in Linda Castillo's series. There is also a relationship that is brewing and can't wait to find out what happens with it in the next boo
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Merry Christmas to all of my Goodreads friends! A Christmas wish to you all as I thought it was fitting to wish everyone a Happy Holiday as I finished this on Christmas Day!

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This was a 5-star satisfying and excellent read! I thought this was even better than the other two books in this series. How does this author do that? It was an all-around great read from start to finish which was intense and thrilling!

DARK WATER has another tense, gripping and suspenseful storyline written by ROBERT BRYNDZA
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars, rounded up
Just as tactless as ever, Erika Foster is back in the third book of this series. Now assigned to an organized crime and drug detail in another region, she finds the remains of a seven year old girl who went missing 26 years ago. She fights to lead the case despite no longer being on a murder detail. “Sir, I can solve this case. You know my track record with solving difficult cases…” to which her boss replies “And yet, after all these years you are still a DCI. Have you ever
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Robert Bryndza and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

The latest DCI Erika Foster novel allows Bryndza to return with another stellar piece of work that is sure to keep readers chatting for months to come. After a rocky end during her last major case, DCI Foster has accepted a position with the Projects Team, fighting organised crime and high-value contraband shipments. As they
Linda Strong
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While searching a quarry for a hidden drug stash, Detective Erika Foster's team stumble across the skeleton of a young child. The remains are identified as Jessica Collins, 7 years of age when she disappeared 26 years ago.

There is something about this child that touches her and she is determined to find the who and why this child was killed.

The original detective on the case was Amanda Baker. Time hasn't been kind to her as she has always felt guilty about not being able to solve the case and br
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Another excellent book by Robert Bryndza! Once again, he’s making me read all day and into the night. The books in this series just keep getting better and better.

Dark Water was a riveting and brilliant book. The murder case had tons of plot twists and surprises. I thought some suspects were acting fishy at times but I did not expect that big plot twist! Robert Bryndza has a way of taking all the clues of the murder case and pulling them into a complete finish. Kudos to his writing, the mystery
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Detective Erika Foster has no longer been working homicide and is now in the drug division. When a tip comes in that narcotics have been hidden at a local quarry Erika orders a search but not only do they find drugs but buried in the quarry is a skeleton of a young child.

The remains are identified as belonging to seven year old Jessica Collins who had been reported missing twenty six years earlier. Erika calls in a favor and gets herself assigned to the case vowing to find whoever put young Jes
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I got to know DCI Erika Foster in A Girl in the Ice then I got a deeper look and understanding of her in The Night Stalker and admire how she has grown in Dark Waters. She has become one of my favourite characters and I look forward to more of her in The Last Breath.

Dark Waters is a tense, gripping and somewhat disturbing story for me that starts off with DCI Foster doing something different but soon back doing what she does best, investigating a murder. This time of a child, now this is not the
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well I will say one thing for Robert Bryndza - he certainly knows how to maintain a high standard in his books. This is our third outing with DCI Erika Foster and it is excellent.
I think one of the best aspects of these books is the portrayal of investigative procedure i.e. good hard slog through the minutiae of people's daily lives. Of course our MC benefits from lucky breaks and some slightly unrealistic coincidences but this is fiction and the author does have to maintain our interest!
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Another great book in this series,starts a body found a young child DCI Erika foster wants the case theres not alot of evidence as happened years ago.her sister and kids come to stay.its great seeing some of her old team back.another great book.highly recommend this series.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When DCI Erika Foster and her team search an abandoned quarry for stashed narcotics, they hit the mother lode. That’s not all they dredge up from the depths. The second find is much more terrible. What they discover are the skeletal remains of a young child, which turn out to be those of a seven-year-old girl who disappeared twenty-six years earlier.

Dark Water is Robert Bryndza’s third Erika Foster novel, and oh, boy, is it intense! Drugs, a skeleton, sneaky bad guys, even sneaky cops and ex-cop
Louise Wilson
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Detective Erika Foster has been given a tip-off that there is a huge amount of drugs stashed at the bottom of a disused quarry. A search is organised and deep in the sludge the drugs are found along with another parcel. The skeleton of a young child who's identified as 7 year old Jessica Collins. The girl had been missing for 26 years.

Erika has to try and link the new and old evidence together and investigate the Collins family and the ex-Detective Amanda Baker who originally investigated the ca
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Once again, Robert Brynzda has me reading late into the night on the edge of my seat!

DCI Erika Foster is back in DARK WATER, the third book in the DCI Erika Foster series. This is one of my favorite British police procedural series. Erika is an amazing character who is flawed, driven, and at times extremely brusque and yet I cannot stop wanting her to succeed in her personal life as well as professional. She also has a great cast of secondary characters surrounding her that are all unique in th
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another solid read in the DCI Erika Forster series!

This author completely grabbed my attention with the first of this series The Girl In The Ice, and has continued to keep me furiously turning the pages ever since.

The main protag is a strong, smart yet vulnerable woman who is completely relatable. The rest of her team also comes across as 'real', with strengths and flaws that make them all unique.

This time around DCI Foster inserts herself and her team into trying to solve the mystery of what ha
Erin Clemence
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
“Dark Water” is the third installment in Robert Bryndza’s “Erika Foster” set of police crime novels. In this novel, Erika is back on the case, this time investigating the murder of a young girl, after the child’s remains are found in a local quarry. Erika and her team (including some of the best from the previous books- like her partners Moss and Petersen) throw themselves who
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture, and Robert Bryndza for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Detective Erika Foster is back for the third time and we find her on the trail of a 26 year old cold case. The skeletal remains of a 7 year old girl were found in a quarry and Foster and her department must delve into the past to uncover the events which devastated the child's family, police department, and the community. Twist and turns relentlessly fill the plot. Bryn ...more
The Book Review Café
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG I promised myself after what others may have considered to be a rather over enthusiastic review for The Night Stalker, I would tone my review for Dark Water down, but HOLY MOLY Robert Bryndza has only gone and done it again and wrote another fabulous book to add to the DI Erika Forster series. So I’m sorry if I get carried away with my review (yet again), but I was honestly convinced the authors last book The Night Stalker would be my favourite, but after reading Dark Waters I’m now convince ...more
Sean Peters
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author, for a copy of this third book in this great series from DCI Erica Foster.

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I discovered author Robert Bryndza earlier this year when I was blown away by the first book in this series 'The Girl in the Ice'. I have now read all three books in this series and have experienced a similar feeling each time. I can highly recommend both this author and this series.
The series features Detective Erika Foster who is a real gritty character with very much the same appeal as Ian Rankin's Rebus and Michael Connelly's Bosch. In this story Erika receives a tip-off that key evidence fo
Jody McGrath
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DCI Erika Foster is back in the 3rd book in the series. Erika has transferred, or been transferred, to the Bromely Station that investigates drugs and organized crime. The team has been investigating a mid-level drug dealer, hoping he can lead them to the top tier. After a tip off that he had dumped a large amount of heroin into a local Quarry, the team goes to drag the quarry and find the hidden drugs. They find the drugs, but unexpectedly they also find a skeleton of a young girl wrapped tight ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. Good thing I'm a fast reader. From the moment I booted up my Kindle Fire and opened this book, I didn't want to put it down. As it was, it took two days - although that's not bad considering all the other "stuff" I had to do in between. I'll give a special shout-out to my ever-lovin' hubby, who didn't blink an eye when I told him dinner would be a little later than usual tonight because I was too close to the end to stop).

Still another thank you goes to the author and publisher, via NetGa
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this third in the Erika Foster series, Erika is no longer in Murder Investigation but working with a team in Serious Crimes. Following up on information regarding some drugs dropped into a lake in a quarry, the remains of a young girl are found deep beneath the water. Jessica Collins was 7 years old when she disappeared on her way to a party 26 years ago and until now no one knew what happened to her. There were no witnesses but a pedophile living in a half way house on her street was tried b ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erika is back and stronger than ever. This continues to be the only police procedural series I devotedly follow. It’s well-written and engaging from start to finish. So far the books can be read as standalones, but they are so much richer with knowing from where Erika started. Dark Water is another solid installment.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

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Robert Bryndza is an international bestselling author, best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over four million copies in the English language.

His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months it sold one million copies, reaching number one in the Amazon UK, USA and Australi

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