Thanks to Francesca Banks of Little Brown Book, for inviting me on the Blog Tour of Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza
ABOUT THE BOOK
The internationally bestselling author of Nine Elms and The Girl in the Ice Robert Bryndza is back with a nail-biting new Kate Marshall case, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.
When Kate Marshall finds the bloated 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 the victim there, in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown?
Kate is certain there is more to this case than meets the eye. As she and her research assistant Tristan Harper dig deeper, they discover a bloody trail that points towards an active serial killer hiding in plain sight. People have been silently disappearing for years, and when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.
This is the second outing for Kate Marshall and Tristan. Kate finds a young man drown in a reservoir that she is diving in with her son. She had been exploring an underwater village that had been sacrificed and flooded when the reservoir had been constructed some years earlier. The young man had been a strong champion swimmer and neither Kate nor his mother believes that it was an accidental death.
It isn’t long before the list of missing persons in the area grows the further back in records that they look, along with a creepy legend that the fog rolls in and takes someone as it retreats. Kate and Tristan face major opposition from the local owners of the land, who seem far too threatening towards them. When someone Kate and Tristan knows becomes the next person to go missing they are determined it won’t be dismissed so easily.
Tristan is also facing his own crisis at home, where he lives with his older sister and her soon to be husband. Feeling terribly hurt he throws himself in his work with Kate and becomes even more determined to find where the missing woman could be.
So many people in this story make too many judgements on others lives, drawing their own conclusions and not listening. It made me feel so terribly frustrated at such attitudes.
The continuing cast of characters from the previous book seems to lift off the pages and become people of substance even more and the layers of who they are peeled back further. Kate’s dark years that followed the Nine Elms killings and Tristan’s hidden life that petrified him, terrified that he would lose his family and friends.
Kate has again to face her past and accept that her son is growing up and wanting to find his own way. I must admit that I am intrigued with him myself. What a legacy he has to carry! I am loving the pairing of tutor and pupil, Kate and Tristan and already hungry to know what is next for them both. I am sure it will be dark whatever it is.
I wish to thank the author and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Bryndza began his career training at the Guildford School of Acting. He spent six years as an actor, doing all kinds of strange jobs in between, which was the perfect training for being an author. He began to write during a long period of unemployment, first comedy sketches, a show which he took to the Edinburgh Festival, and then four romantic comedy novels which he self-published, and they became Amazon charts bestsellers selling over 250,000 copies.
His debut crime thriller The Girl in the Ice was the first book in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over 1 million copies in the English language, and won the Dead Good Reader Award for best kick-ass female character at the 2016 Harrogate Crime Festival. Erika Foster has gone on to kick-ass in five further books; The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets. The series was twice nominated in Goodreads Choice Awards (Mystery and Thriller category) in 2016 for The Girl in the Ice, and in 2017 for Last Breath. Robert’s books have sold over 3 million copies in the English language, and have been translated into 29 languages.
Nine Elms, the first book in his new Kate Marshall private detective series was published late in 2019 and was an instant Amazon USA no.1 bestseller, an Amazon UK top 10 bestseller and topped bestselling charts around the world. The second book in the series, Shadow Sands, will be published in November 2020. Robert is British and lives in Slovakia.