The Night Stalker [review]

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza


If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

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[My Review]

The Night Stalker is the second in the DCI Erika Foster series, the first of which (The Girl in the Ice) I absolutely loved, so I was hoping that The Night Stalker would be a worthy follow up…

One thing that is so great about this series is the amazing characterisation; I love the way Robert Bryndza has crafted the people in the Police force. Erika is a great main character and, though she has her faults, I really like reading about her and learning more about her past and deceased husband Mark. Even the ‘baddies’ as great characters – not just the two dimensional, unbelievable perpetrators that some novels in this genre present. Bryndza has managed to make people on the side of the law seem human, too. Of course, there are a few characters that I really dislike, (and I’d guess the reader is supposed to!), so they add some drama into the mix!

I don’t want to give too much away about this novel as it’s full of suspense and mystery along with a good dose of action – but not too much action because the Detective work still really shines through. This is something I always look for in a crime novel like this. There’s a dash of humour in there too which lightens up the quite dark subject matter. I enjoyed reading every word and really didn’t want it to end!

The story really pulled me in and, though it’s got the odd part where you need to suspend your disbelief (like most Detective stories), it’s a fantastic follow up to The Girl in the Ice and, in my opinion, has cemented this series as a fantastic crime series that I will definitely be following, and reading every new release from – bring on book 3!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Bookouture for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review


  1. Am reading this right now, and am totally loving it! And I totally agree with you on the character point, there are so many flat detectives out these, I absolutely adore how real Robert Brynza’s characters are:)

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