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Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) (English Edition) Formato Kindle
He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.
When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.
While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.
Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?
Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.
Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.
Read what everyone is saying about Last Breath:
‘Oh my giddy aunt, Robert Bryndza never fails to surprise me, just when I convinced myself the Detective Erika Foster series couldn't possibly get any better, he delivers another belter of a book…each book has been from the last and how each story offers something unique, which is why Robert Bryndza continues to be one of my very favourite authors on the planet.’ The Book Review Café
‘It's the sort of book that you want to devour in one sitting, it's too good to put down. The characters crackle with energy and the chemistry between them is fantastic to read… A breathtaking addition to the series that I would thoroughly recommend!’ The Quiet Knitter
‘Robert Bryndza has leapfrogged up to the top place in my list of favourite crime authors after reading his other books… This book was absolutely fantastic!! The story gripped me from page one and didn’t let up until the end…If you’re looking for a gritty police procedural crime thriller, then I can highly recommend this book. If you’re going to buy this one, don’t forget to buy the others too!! Five stars (although if I could give it more I would!).’ Star Dust Book Reviews
‘I will always applaud for more Erika Foster #QueenDetective. I love her so much, she is one of my best fictional characters.’ The Book Heathen
‘One of my most anticipated reads of 2017…Last Breath is a gripping, nail biting ride of a read. I seriously cannot get enough of the author’s books and now that I have finished this one I have the long agonising wait for the next one. Brilliant series, brilliant book by a brilliant author, what else can I say!’ By the Letter Book Reviews
A riveting page-turner. An astonishingly good plot with perfectly drawn characters and sharp, detailed writing ― Robert Dugoni on The Girl in the Ice --Questo testo si riferisce alla paperback edizione.
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erika Foster series and the Kate Marshall series. Robert's books have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into 29 languages. He is British and lives in Slovakia.
- ASIN : B06VY6NMZ3
- Editore : Bookouture (12 aprile 2017)
- Lingua : Inglese
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- Lunghezza stampa : 610 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 30,644 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
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This is a book with rather dark overtones – a young girl tortured and murdered and then her body dumped as though she was simply another piece of trash. The killer appears merciless and yet very meticulous in the execution of their plans, leaving no clues for the police. And to make matters worse, when a second body is found, there don’t appear to be any links between the victims other than the cruelty they have been subjected to and a murderer who knows all of the tricks required to stay hidden.
Now as the avid reader will know from Dark Water, Erika no longer works for the Murder Investigation Team, taking the case right outside of her jurisdiction. She has to fight to get the powers that be to allow her onto the team, which means swallowing her pride and apologising to the very man who caused her to transfer out to begin with – Superintendent Sparks. But when a strange turn of fate hands her the opportunity to lead the investigation, she jumps at it and thus she comes full circle to find herself working back with Peterson and Moss in the heart of the city. And this, ladies and gents is where the magic happens.
This trio, foursome if you count John McGorry who Erika brings with her from Bromley, are the perfect investigative team. Very in tune with each other and with a brilliant blend of humour, determination and charisma which means that you can’t help but like them. I love the dynamic that Robert Bryndza has created between them, and even the minor tension and electricity which exists within the team due to the budding romance between Erika and Peterson adds something special to the story. You can feel how torn Erika is between her professional persona, her feelings for Peterson and her need to keep a certain distance from her emotions following what happened to her husband. Their relationship is all brought to a head by the end of the book, but to find out how and why you’re going to have to read for yourself. But I will say that it’s one of those nail biting moments you'd expect from this series.
Now the killer in Last Breath is merciless and I suppose somewhat of a true psychopath – maybe even sociopath as they appear to have no morals or redeeming qualities at all. Much like in The Night Stalker the reader is aware of who the killer is from very early on; we are treated to, or rather subjected to, their thoughts and feelings as the action moves from the team to their point of view quite regularly. Unlike the perpetrator in The Night Stalker, there appears to be no real justification as to why they are the way they are. They stalk young women on line, tapping into their likes and wants and feeding back to them what they want to hear to gain their trust. They expose everything that is wrong about the way people live their lives on social media. I can understand how external pressures may have contributed to their psyche in a way, but at the end of the day, their actions are brutal and there is no way to forgive. Yes there is a trauma that happens in their childhood, but even that doesn’t quite seem enough to explain the choices they make. To me, they are just plain evil.
The pacing of the book is perfect and I quickly found myself flying through the chapters, fully immersed in the story and thankful to be back amongst such familiar characters. In spite of the emotional journey Erika goes on in this book, she is still spiky, determined and willing to do whatever it takes to catch her man. We are treated to her softer side too, and it is very welcome indeed. It makes you like and respect her even more if that is even possible. And the way the book ends makes me wonder what next for Erika and the team as she is gifted the opportunity she has been working toward since the very start… The ramifications of that could be huge so I’m keen to see which path Mr Bryndza chooses to take.
For me I think this is probably my favourite of the books to date. While they have all been brilliant, there was just something about this one – I can’t quite articulate what – but something which really appealed to me. It is quite dark at times; the killer’s compulsion and lack of empathy for their victims makes for a skin crawling read. And as for the ending, as the final chapters unfurled, the fate of the final victim resting upon Erika and the team’s ability to make sense of the few scraps of clues they have been left, well it really got the adrenaline pumping and yes – this is where the nails got a particularly heavy going over. It was a ‘can’t take my eyes off the page’ kind of moment. You know the ones? Where you feel yourself balancing on the edge of the chair and leaning into the book so much so that you almost fall over. Where you are willing the heroes to find their target and holding your breath as they enter the lions den for that final, potentially deadly dalliance with the killer… That kind of an ending.
Robert Bryndza has done a fantastic job, writing a truly compelling and tension filled story which also manages to highlight the perils of social media. It is not intended to scare or drive people away from their apps, or to stop people from engaging with others online, but it may make you think twice before you accept that friend request from someone you don’t actually know. Because that’s the thing about the internet and those on line profiles so easily created. At the end of the day, it’s all just window dressing – and you may not really know what, or who, is hiding behind it.
This is his fourth book in the series and they just get better and better. This novel focuses on social media and how in the wrong hands it can be ‘deadly’.
Bryndza really racks up the tension with this book. Carefully constructing a plot that is dark and twisted. As with other books in the series you are introduced to the ‘killer’ at the same time the investigation begins. Unlike his last book the killer is not what you think it is, pulling the proverbial rug from under your feet. Similar, though to the previous the killer is haunted by its previous kills... whether this is to build a notion of psychosis or not it’s not clear.
If it’s possible I liked this book even more than the last. The progress of Erika through her heavily political career is steeped with controversy and drama. Whilst her private life is developing nicely and would you believe she actually shows a much more softer/caring side of her in this novel!
In this one, Erika barges in on a murder case where young women are abducted, tortured and then left in dumpsters. The identity of the killer is revealed early but it didn't make this any less enjoyable because I found the chapters from the killer's perspective totally gripping albeit unnerving. The killer's exploitation of social media and online information was fascinating to follow but disturbing.
The balance between developments in Erika's personal life and the focus on the investigation was perfect. I wasn't fully on board with the path Erika's personal life was taking in the previous book, Dark Water, but I loved the way it all developed here. The scenes between Moss, Petersen and Erika provide a welcome relief from the darker passages.
Having learned from previous mishaps, I started this on a day when I knew I'd be able to get through to the end without having to stop. The short chapters and fast pace encourage you to keep reading. I switched between reading and listening to the audible version. The narration wasn't outstanding - more differentiation and work on the accents would have been nice - but as I got further and further into it, I was so consumed by what was happening in the story, the tone of the narration became insignificant. Highly recommended for any fans of crime fiction.