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Review of ‘The Girl In The Ice’ by Robert Bryndza

I received The Girl in the Ice from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and was very excited to start reading it! I’m really into police detective thrillers at the moment, or just thrillers in general, but I love watching a case unravel as the detectives slowly piece things together.

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘The Girl in the Ice’ by Robert Bryndza

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. 

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. 

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. 

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? 

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. 

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

My Review

The Girl in the Ice is a police detective crime thriller about a series of similar murders being investigated by DCI Erika Foster. Set in London, the grimy streets and some ratty old pubs make for the perfect background to this spine chilling story. What I really liked about this novel was, the wait was written, the reader found out everything as the detectives discovered it. Nothing was revealed before hand, so we weren’t willing the police to find out something we already knew, which definitely upped the suspense of the novel. The plot line was very unpredictable, especially having suspicions but no literal idea who the serial killer was until the last few chapters, which were quite possibly as climactic as they come. The story was fast paced right from the very beginning, with everything logically mapped out like a proper police investigation should be.

The case with many books is that the reader feels tied to the main character, and feels as though they are the favourite character because we know so much about them. This wasn’t the case for me in this book. The sheer excellence of the plot line and the writing was let down a bit by the fact that I found Erika Foster an unlikeable character at times. There were times when she was OK, and others when I felt sympathetic towards her, but most of the time she seemed to not really take other people around her into account, and felt she was quite self obsessed. I did enjoy her company, however, Moss and Peterson were well developed for second hand characters and had enjoyable personalities. As much as Erika was unlikeable, she was, as a lot of the other characters were, very well developed, with glimpses at backstories to build on their personalities.

The story was constantly keeping me guessing, hanging onto clues as they were revealed and trying to find out who the culprit was, but it was only towards the end that you could even begin to guess (and even then I was wrong!) This had to be my favourite part of the book because it was so tense and so well written, revealing small parts of the story even though we knew by now who the culprit was, we were still finding stuff out! I always find books like this interesting to see how a proper police investigation is carried out, and you can definitely tell when a writer has done their research!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime/detective stories, thrillers or something with a lot of tension. It is, however, quite graphic, so not suitable for younger readers!

My Rating: 4 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

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