Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza

Today is my turn on the blog tour for the second in the Kate Marshall series of crime fiction books by Robert Bryndza and it’s another cracker of a story. Thank you to Francesca Banks of Little Brown Books for the tour invite and for my advance copy via Netgalley. If you get chance, don’t forget to read the other reviews on the tour to see what everyone thinks.

About the Book

Robert Bryndza is back with a nail-biting new Kate Marshall case, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.

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.

What I thought

This is the second novel in the Kate Marshall series. I read the first one Nine Elms and really enjoyed it, even if it was a little gruesome. Though this book can be read as a stand alone and there is a bit of the background of what happened to Kate to lead her to leave the police force and become a lecturer in criminology, I would highly recommend that you read Nine Elms first before reading this one. That way you will be able to fully appreciate the relationship Kate has with her son and also how Kate is able to work so well with her assistant Tristan, and see their working relationship becoming ever stronger.

I would say I perhaps enjoyed this second book more than the first for two reasons. Firstly it wasn’t quite so gruesome as the first book. It was thrilling, and there are some very scary moments in the book but this was more of a tense read that made you think what would I do in this situation, whereas the last one was a bit too repulsive for the faint-hearted like me.

The other reason I particularly liked this book was the personal stories of both Kate and Tristan. We learn a lot about Tristan, what makes him tick, his vulnerabilities as well as his ever growing enthusiasm for digging out information and wanting to solve the mystery. Then there is Kate’s relationship with her teenage son and his revelation further into the book comes as quite a shock both to Kate and the reader. This is what I like about Robert Bryndza’s books, as well as being an excellent crime fiction writer, he also brings emotions of the characters into the story too, so that you really feel for them. Obviously not the criminals but Kate and Tristan as well as the victims.

I enjoyed the plot. As mentioned in the blurb, it appears there is a serial killer at the root of missing people and bodies turning up in the bottom of the reservoir, add to that the investigating detective appears to be a bit dodgy too, but as with all mysteries and thrillers I would never have guessed ‘who dunnit’ in a month of Sundays, it came as a complete surprise to me.

Brilliant story and can’t wait for the next one.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The book was released on 3 November in e-book and hardback and can be found on Amazon, Kobo and all independent bookshops.

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