Devil’s Way by Robert Bryndza #review

Book cover of Devil's Way by Robert Bryndza

Title: Devil’s Way
Series: Kate Marshall #4
Robert Bryndza
Publisher: Raven Street Publishing


Kate Marshall’s investigation into a young boy’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by multi-million bestselling author, Robert Bryndza.

When Private Investigator Kate Marshall is rushed to hospital after being pulled into a riptide current in the sea, the near-death experience leaves her shaken. During her recovery, she befriends Jean, an elderly lady on the same ward. Jean tells the harrowing story of how her three-year-old grandson, Charlie, went missing eleven years ago during a camping trip on Dartmoor.

By the time Kate is well enough to go home, she’s agreed to take on the case, but when Kate and her trusty sidekick Tristan start to look at the events of that fateful night, they discover that Jean has a dark past that could have put Charlie in jeopardy.

Was Charlie abducted? Or did he fall into Devil’s Way? A rushing river that vanishes into a gorge close to where they were camping.

When Kate and Tristan discover that a social worker who flagged concerns about Jean and her daughter was found brutally murdered shortly after Charlie vanished, it makes them question everything they thought they knew about the family…

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My review:

Devil’s Way is a 5-star read for me – I love Robert’s Erika Foster series and this one – following Kate and her Detective Agency partner Tristan – is brilliant as well.

In Devil’s Way, Erika and Tristan are tasked with investigating the disappearance of a three-year-old boy, Charlie, 11 years ago from a tent on Dartmoor. Though it seems likely that he is now dead, his grandmother – who was looking after him at the time – wants some form of closure. And as the pair probe further they discover there may have been a lot more fallout from Charlie’s disappearance than was previously thought…

I absolutely loved the plot of Devil’s Way – I always find disappearance cases really intriguing and this one had twists and surprises along the way that kept me glued to its pages. The writing is, as always, spot on, keeping the reader intrigued without being too dramatic or over the top. Kate and Tristan make a great pair and it was interesting to see a vulnerable side to the usually very confident Kate.

The setting is incredibly atmospheric, and though the subject matter is obviously upsetting at times, it made me want to visit Dartmoor having never been. I guessed the ending a little way before the end but it didn’t make it any less impactful, and I finished the book with a real sense of satisfaction. Another brilliant release from Robert Bryndza and my favourite Kate Marshall book yet!

My rating: 5/5

Many thanks to the publisher and author for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest review.

Devil’s Way is released on 12 January 2023.


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