Title: The Night Stalker (Detective Erika Foster #2)
Author: Robert Bryndza
Publication Date: June 2, 2016
Page count: 384
“My point is that bad people are everywhere. The world is filled with good, but it’s equally overwhelmed with bad. People who commit horror and evil. You have to concentrate on what you can do, what you can influence. The ones who you can hunt down.”
Several months ago I picked up and enjoyed The Girl in the Ice (read review here), the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, and now I just finished the second book The Night Stalker which I can say I liked better. We see more inside of Erika’s character and I know she’s not perfect, she has her flaws and all, but don’t we all have some? She may act all though in front of her colleagues but deep inside she’s also scarred. And that’s what makes her an interesting protagonist.
With a suspenseful start, The Night stalker was able to keep me glued to the pages while Detective Erika Foster tries to catch yet another serial killer. It starts off with Erika and her team investigating the murder of Dr. Munro, which at first they suspected has something to do with gay bashing because of the gay magazines they found on the scene but when they found another body, killed in the same manner as Dr. Munro, they start to think otherwise. And if there’s one thing Erika is sure, it is that there’s another serial killer in town and she’s going to get him. Or her.
The twists and turn of events made the book more thrilling and I liked playing the game of guessing who the killer is or who will be the next victim every time I read something like this! I always try to guess or find clues but in this one I failed to. I was actually quite impressed with the flow of the story and how Bryndza put depth into every character in the book. The respect and loyalty between Erika and his colleague were something I also liked. I especially adored Peterson and Moss! And Isaac! We see more of Erika and Isaac’s friendship in the book and I liked it because we see a different side of Erika whenever she’s with Isaac.
Isaac put his hand on hers.
“You can’t save the world, Erika.”
“But I could do a better job trying,” she said, wiping away a tear.
That said, The Night Stalker is a great sequel to The Girl In The Ice and Bryndza did a good job in this one. More compelling plot line, well-developed characters and an intriguing character for a killer!