Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza Book Review


She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.


Every time I finish an Erika Foster novel, I think, surely Robert can’t do any better than that, but I’m always proved wrong. Cold Blood is his best yet, but I know I’ll be saying the same when I finish the next one. A terrific plot, excellent characters and fantastic writing. All the ingredients that you need for a great thriller.

When the dismembered bodies of a man and a woman are found in a suitcase after it is pulled from the bed of the Thames, Erika and her team have their work cut out in trying to identify the victims and their killer. But as the investigation progresses, it becomes clear that this isn’t the only time the killer has killed. Is the killer working alone? How many more have they murdered and will Erika and her team find them before they are too late?

What I love about Robert’s writing is his ability to hook me right from the start. With each new case, I am always rooting for Erika and her team to get the results. As the series has progressed, we get to learn more and more about Erika, particularly in the last two books, Robert has revealed more about her family in Slovakia. In Last Breath, we were introduced to Erika’s sister and her two children, but in the latest instalment, we meet the rest of her family when she travels back to her home town.

There was one particular scene in this book, which really had me on tenterhooks. Robert Bryndza is a master of tension when it comes to putting his characters in a sticky situation. I was glued to the page. I don’t want to say anything about what happens as I don’t want to spoil the story, but you’ll know the scene I mean when you read it. Another example of brilliant writing.

The Erika Foster series just keeps getting better and better, I can’t wait until the next one is released and I’m sure I’ll be the first in the queue to read it.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 18th September 2017

Print length: 354 pages