Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the second book in Robert Bryndza’s Kate Marshall series, Shadow Sands.

Shadow Sands: The heart-racing new Kate Marshall thriller by [Robert Bryndza]


When Kate Marshall finds the body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident.

But the details don’t add up: why was he there in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown? As Kate and her assistant Tristan Harper follow the evidence, they make a far darker discovery . . .

This is only the latest victim in a series of bloody murders dating back decades. A mythic serial killer is said to hide in the rolling fog, abducting his victims like a phantom. And when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.


Shadow Sands is the second book in Robert Bryndza’s Kate Marshall series, and once again, Robert has written a cracking thriller. Kate Marshall is a fantastic new character in the crime fiction genre. I really grew to like her in the first book in the series, Nine Elms, and I can’t wait to see where Robert takes the series next. It’s going to be really interesting, seeing how things will unfold for Kate beyond this book’s events.

Kate Marshall is a former police detective, having once worked with the Metropolitan Police in London. But her career in the police came to an end after she caught a notorious serial killer in the 1990s. Now, more than a decade later, she finds herself being pushed back into that world. During a dive with her son, Jake, her son makes a grisly discovery. The body of a young man is discovered under the water, and it is clear that he has been brutally attacked.

I really liked Kate’s relationship with her work partner, Tristan, in this book. He is going through some personal issues, which really made me feel for him. I was also glad that he had Kate as a friend, particularly when he was having difficulties with his sister. I think they’ll make a great team.

Kate doesn’t want to get involved in the investigation after her son makes discovers the body. It is only when the victim’s mother approaches her, and begs her to investigate further, does she decide to help her. It soon becomes apparent to Kate that the police have ignored abductions and potential murders which have taken place in the local area for decades. And it seems as though the police want to wrap up the current investigation. Kate is concerned that a police officer may be involved in what’s going on.

Robert Bryndza also explores Kate’s personal story further in this book. There are some chilling scenes in this section of the book. I was racing through the chapters to find out how things were going to pan out for Kate and her son. You don’t have to have read the first book in the series to understand more about what she’s gone through. But I would highly recommend that you do.

This is a very addictive crime thriller, and I really enjoyed reading it. Robert Bryndza is one of my favourite crime fiction authors, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  

Publisher: Sphere

Publication date: 3rd November 2020

Print length: 317 pages

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