The Night Stalker is the Book 2 in Robert Bryndza’s Detective Erika Foster series.
A shadowy figure creeps upon a house in London seeking retribution against the man within. We bear witness to Dr. Gregory Munro’s killer in action. Four days later his mother enters the house and find’s her son’s dead body with a plastic bag over his head.
Detective Erika Foster is called to the murder scene, a scene that appears to be a sex crime. When another just like it follows, indications are that there is a cold-blooded serial killer on the loose and Erika and her team must figure out what these murders have in common.
Erika is a tough, uncompromising detective who will get the killer at any cost and her determined doggedness doesn’t always go over well with her boss or her peers. She is once again put on notice about not doing thing’s the department’s way. Despite rubbing people the wrong way, she will continue to lay both her job and her life on the line to catch the killer.
When we first met Erika in the first book, she was freshly grieving over the death of her husband Mark and just returning to work. Erika’s grief for Mark is still very present and she agonizes over it in more detail, all the while still blaming herself. This also enables us to get more of a glimpse into her past and how Mark’s killing went down.
Robert Bryndza is such a good writer and he is definitely making a name for himself with this series. The twists and turns don’t let up and keep you guessing to the end. He has also done some nice work on the character development here. In the end the characters are what makes or breaks a series. We learn a bit more about Crane, Moss, Peterson, Marsh, Stark, and Isaac Strong. Erika is getting to know each of them and so are we. She is beginning to foster friendship, loyalty, respect, and of course some antagonism. Each of the afore-mentioned supporting characters is sketched in further and one of them even becomes a prime suspect in the killings.
I want to thank the publisher (Bookouture) for providing me with the ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.