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The Night Stalker: A chilling serial killer thriller (Detective Erika Foster Book 2) (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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.
The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.
Read what people are saying about The Night Stalker
‘The Night Stalker is dark, fast-paced and shot through with wit and psychological insight. I couldn't put it down.’ Mark Edwards
‘Erika is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives…I absolutely loved this heart-pounding, fast-paced, chilling crime thriller.’ The Book Review Café
‘Just when I thought it couldn't get any better...From the first page, we're sucked in with tension that had me holding my breath.’ The Suspense is Thrilling Me
‘A truly brilliant crime series…The Night Stalker made me feel like I had been swept up in a whirlwind and had me clinging on for dear life, only letting me go right at the very end.’ By The Letter Book Reviews
'Intense, suspenseful, and clever ...a gripping page turner that is disturbingly real, and I highly recommend it.' What's Better Than Books?
'A truly fantastic and exciting serial killer chiller!' Booklover Catlady
'The Night Stalker is a very gripping, engaging read full of nail-biting tension. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop!...an amazing work of fiction no reader of the crime genre should miss.' Relax and Read Reviews
'I think any fans of a good police procedural will become completely engaged in this series featuring a gritty and determined strong female lead.' Carrie's Book Reviews
'This book grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go till I got to the end.' Sincerely Book Angels
The Night Stalker now a Wall Street Journal #1 best seller
Compelling at every turn! The Girl in the Ice grabs us from the first page and simply won't let go, as we follow the brilliantly drawn Detective Erika Foster in her relentless hunt for one of the most horrific villains in modern crime fiction. ― Jeffery Deaver on THE GIRL IN THE ICE
Robert Bryndza's The Girl in the Ice has everything I look for in a mystery: an evil antagonist, a clever detective, and a plot that kept me guessing until the very end ― T.R. Ragan, New York Times bestselling author
Just when I thought it couldn't get any better...From the first page, we're sucked in with tension that had me holding my breath. ― The Suspense is Thrilling Me
Erika is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives...I absolutely loved this heart-pounding, fast-paced, chilling crime thriller. ― The Book Review Café
A riveting page-turner. An astonishingly good plot with perfectly drawn characters and sharp, detailed writing. The Girl in the Ice is a winner. ― Robert Dugoni, --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.
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- Editore : Bookouture (2 giugno 2016)
- Lingua : Inglese
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- Lunghezza stampa : 654 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 57,103 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
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Recensioni migliori da Italia
Al momento, si è verificato un problema durante il filtraggio delle recensioni. Riprova più tardi.
Nel complesso ho trovato la trama ben costruita e la lettura quasi sempre piacevole e coinvolgente.
La protagonista, Erika Foster, è sicuramente un personaggio interessante, anche se, almeno fino ad ora, un po' troppo "cupo".
Vediamo come si evolve nei prossimi volumi della serie...
Il testo in inglese è alla portata anche dei non madre-lingua.
Avventure dure, ma coinvolgenti, un po' inglesi le abitudini dei personaggi descritti.
Fate caso che arriva in inglese, ma è una bella prosa piacevole da leggere.
Le recensioni migliori da altri paesi
Often, after writing an amazing debut novel the second rarely lives up to the hype but this is NOT the case here. Bryndza has created an unlikely heroine, who although damaged by her past, really packs a punch amongst her peers and suffers no fools. Erika Foster is a strong, likeable character who sadly lacks charm (purposefully) but always gets the job done!
The second novel serves to better develop her character and relationship to her coworkers Moss and Peterson without too much repetition of the first novel. We start to see how the two friendships are not only strong work relationships but vital to Erika staying grounded in her personal life.
I loved this book, it’s taking me longer to read them now I have a baby making her own demands. But even still, the short, pacey chapters were thrilling. Bryndza has fast become one of my favourite writers of crime fiction. So much so I have downloaded the entire series to follow on!
When the Doctor’s body is discovered, it has all the hallmarks of a sexually motivated murder. Recently separated from his wife, there are aspect of Munro’s private life which certainly bring into question whether his life was as straightforward as his mother would have them believe. When DCI Erika Foster and her team are called in to investigate, Foster knows that there is more to this murder than meets the eye. Complicating the investigation further is the conflict which exists between Munro and his brother in law, a man who incites hatred and stirs up Petersen, but who harbours his own secrets making him not unknown to the police.
When a second body is discovered in identical circumstances, Foster knows that this is more than a simple sex game gone wrong, that the killings have the hallmarks of a serial killer, but their profile is not one that Foster or her colleagues would necessarily suspect. A third victim is found, a man very close one of the team, and a simple threat left on his answerphone quickly turns them into a suspect, making the case more than personal for Foster. She trusts her instincts and is determined to prove their innocence, even when the SIO is adamant that they have their man.
‘The Night Stalker’ is the second instalment in the DCI Erika Foster series. In this book we get to learn more about Foster and the raid which claimed the life of her husband, a trauma from which she has never been able to recover. The damage has been done and each and every day the battle she fights with her demons colours her work and her reputation, something played to good effect by Bryndza in this book. She is somewhat of a maverick, relying greatly on instinct as much as solid police work, bypassing protocol and hierarchy in favour of getting to the truth. We learn more about Petersen who has been a little bit of a closed book throughout the first story and are treated to a little more of the ‘softer?’ side of Foster as her friendship with pathologist Isaac is developing throughout the story.
The pacing in this book is excellent. The chapters are kept short and the tension builds right up to and beyond the point that the identity of the killer is revealed. This isn’t so much as a whodunit or even howdunit as the reader is able to look over the shoulder of the killer as they commit their crimes. There is also no big reveal at the end as the murderer is disclosed to the reader about half way through, although the savvy and observant amongst you will have probably worked out whodunit before this point. This is more about why and about how Foster will be able to prove it. As the killer takes a personal interest in Foster, it looks like she will be once more in the firing line, making her need to solve the case very personal indeed. The devolution of the killers already fragile mind is not sensationalised or trivialised and this keeps the story believable and yet somewhat unpredictable.
I love the fluid writing style, the way in which, in spite of knowing the killer, Bryndza still manages to keep the surprises coming and the tension high. There is always a feeling of Foster working from the outside, accepted by her team but not fully by the top brass, and the conflict between her and senior officers certainly adds to the interest in the story as she is doubted at every turn of the investigation. She is damaged, she is flawed, she plays by her own rules and the events at the end of the story will make you wonder what next for our heroine. I can’t wait to find out.
Thanks to Publishers Bookouture and Net Galley for the advance copy in exchange for my review.
A tension filled 5 star read - highly recommended.
The Night Stalker is targeting people who meet certain criteria, in other words our Stalker has taken their actions very personally. As a result they have successfully discovered a callous way of disposing of their chosen victims under the cover of darkness, armed only with a plastic bag (and the encouragement of an anonymous chat room ‘friend’).
The brief, yet insightful, chats between Night Owl and Duke tell of the suffering both of them have endured during their lives, as they share a bond where they can unburden themselves but retain the protection of online anonymity.
Dealing with a killer who is convinced they have a perfectly legitimate reason to take another person’s life and who leaves no major clues to their identity, the case won’t be a walk in the park – but if it that was the case we wouldn’t be sitting on the edge of our seats, would we?! And so Erika once again battles with her superiors concerning her opposing ideas surrounding the her ideas of a suspect, the inner politics of the of the force and her personal methods, all of which grate on those higher in the ranks and regularly see her in the firing line, not ideal when a promotion dares to raise its tempting head.
Erika’s approach means she’ll find herself in hot water, allowing the emotion of the two year anniversary of her husband’s death to be explored further when she is officially taking a ‘holiday’. This unbearable time sees Erika receiving unwelcome contact from the killer. Let’s be honest that’s a tad freaky and our DCI knows she has to do something, even if her boss doesn’t always endorse her actions.
Whilst this was nothing short of gripping, I found the explosive grit of The Girl in the Ice was replaced by more intense character psychology in The Night Stalker. Everyone’s little nuances came alive in this investigation, as they were written with depth and controlled with the perfect timing. Moments when killer’s frustration peaked as their ‘acts of kindness’ produced a different result to the one they had imagined were gruelling, for both the killer and the poor person on the receiving end. If a writer can play with your mind to make you feel a warped kind-of sorry for a serial killer (AND their cheerleader in places) then they’re obviously doing their job right!
The Night Stalker offers such an intriguing invitation it would simply be rude not to read it. Yes, people expire in an unpleasant manner and there are aftershocks from multiple diverse issues. No, it’s not always a comfortable ride, but the combination of mountainous tension and a thoroughly ‘human’ element creates a terrific crime thriller in every conceivable way.
P.S. There’s enough background info cleverly incorporated so that this can be read as a standalone, should you wish.
(Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a digital copy of this title, via NetGalley.)
Moss and Peterson are wonderful characters and compliment Erika quite well. I am looking forward to getting to know them better as the series continues. Marsh and Oakley, well, they’re the source of much of my annoyance in this book. They’d definitely mansplain to Erika if they got the chance. I guess the characters portray as old-school and don’t recognise the level of skill Erika has in the cases she takes on. They just see this woman who strives so hard and never backs down. They see a woman whose past actions caused the death of her team, a woman who acts rashly and a woman who never stops. I think both Marsh and Oakley see Erika as a woman first and a DCI second and that’s what really annoys me.
I did enjoy this installment. Obviously I had issue with some points as I’ve just rambled them above, but for the most part, I thought the killer was inventive, the motives chilling and the driving force of Erika was the adrenaline thumping in my heart and pushing me onwards with reading. I liked the overall direction that this book took, though some of the decisions towards the end did annoy the hell out of me. I’m still invested enough to read the third installment and hopeful that Erika will finally get what she deserves.
The night stalker is a really good story non the less, and I've found myself 4 books in to this series so must be enjoying them!