Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza #blogtour #review @RobertBryndza @bookssphere

Shadow Sands - Robert Bryndza

Today I’m sharing with you the newest release – SHADOW SANDS – from one of my favourite authors: Robert Bryndza. Read on to find out what I thought!

Title: Shadow Sands
Series: Kate Marshall #2
Author: Robert Bryndza
Publisher: Sphere


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.

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My review

Shadow Sands, the second in the Kate Marshall series from one my favourite crime authors Robert Bryndza, is another gripping read. In this novel, Kate and her assistant Tristan find themselves caught up in a missing person case – and possible serial killer, though the local detective doesn’t seem to think so.

The plot is intense and dark, with some disturbing scenes depicting the current victim’s ordeal at the hands of the man who has abducted her – the fact that she is in some way linked to one of our main characters adds some extra tension to the story.

I enjoyed finding out more about Tristan in this novel, as his character is further developed throughout the book. The relationship between him and Kate is great and similarly I enjoyed reading a bit more about Jake following on from their traumatic ordeal in book 1. A brief ‘return’ (in a way) of an old character from book one offers a brief reminder of what happened to them both, and I really enjoyed the subplots peppered throughout this story – it’s not just about the hunt for the abductor/ serial killer but how Kate, Tristan and his family, Jake and others are getting on too.

Kate is a great character to root for; she’s as strong and determined as I remember her from Nine Elms – but, as before, not without her own faults. Shadow Sands is a welcome return to her world, offering a good does of grit and intrigue, and I’m looking forward to book 3 already!

Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to Sphere for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review, and inviting me onto the blog tour.

About the author

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is an international bestselling author, best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over four million copies in the English language.

His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months it sold one million copies, reaching number one in the Amazon UK, USA and Australian charts.

Robert has released a further five novels in the Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, all of which have been global bestsellers, and in 2017 Last Breath was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Mystery and Thriller.

Most recently, Robert created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Kate Marshall, a police officer turned private detective. The first book, Nine Elms, was an Amazon USA #1 bestseller and an Amazon UK top five bestseller, and the series has been sold into translation in 15 countries. The second book, Shadow Sands will be published November 3rd 2020.

Robert was born in Lowestoft, on the east coast of England. He studied at Aberystwyth University, and the Guildford School of Acting, and was an actor for several years, but didn’t find success until he took a play he’d written to the Edinburgh Festival. This led to the decision to change career and start writing. He self-published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels, before switching to writing crime. Robert lives with his husband in Slovakia, and is lucky enough to write full-time.

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