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The Girls in the Water & Last Breath: The Dangers of Social Media

I was reading both these books at the same time, so I was struck by the similarities in the stories. In both, women were kidnapped and tortured, then killed and their bodies dumped. In both cases, the killers found their victims through social media. 

Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by Robert Byrndza

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.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

If you’ve been following my blog at all this past month, you’ll know that I’ve been raving about Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster series. I finally caught up to the newest book, Last Breath, and it is just as intense and addicting as the first three books! It follows Erika as she inserts herself into an investigation into the body of a woman found in the dumpster. Things quickly escalate as a second victim is found, and the link that ties them all together is his preying on them through social media using fake identities.

We know early on who the killer is, so that element of suspense is removed from the story. What you are left with is the chilling suspense as you are in his mind in varying chapters, and see him stalk his next victim. It is truly chilling and makes you want to make sure your social media is secure, and maybe get a degree in detective work to check out those new people who have friend requested you.

I need book five!


 

The Girls in the Water (Detectives King & Lane #1) by Victoria Jenkins

‘The first one had been an accident. He had never intended to kill her. But as he looked down at her body, he knew there would be a next one…’ 

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer. 

Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls? 

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden. 

Alex and Chloe are determined to find the killer before more lives are lost… 

My Rating: 4/5 stars

This was a self-assured debut, one that had me turning the pages to find out what would happen next!

A girls body is found in the park, having been weeks in the water, tortured and then dumped. Not too long after, a second girl goes missing, and days later her body is found, also tortured and dumped. While the killer doesn’t use social media quite as intimately to stalk his victims, it plays a heavy role in how he selects his victims.

This was a great introduction to a new set of characters, who I think will quickly become favorites. It is a bit slow at times, with a lot of introspection from Alex King (one of the main characters), but half of that is from setting up this intricate book.

Both Alex King and Chloe Lane are complex characters, who are having personal crisis of their own to deal with, and when events from Chloe’s past come to light, it sets her as the killers next target. In the process of the investigation, they become closer, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in book two!

*I received an arc copy of The Girls in the Water from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


Both are complexly written books, and if you love a good psychological thriller, you need to read these books! And if you love Robert Brydnza’s books, you will love Jenkins new book!

10 Comments

  1. Excellent reviews! There have been a lot of social media related thrillers published lately… (another title that comes to mind right now is Be My Killer/Follow You; all three are bookouture thrillers as well, quite a coincidence haha). It is a very important topic I guess everyone can relate though, so I can see why so many authors are using the theme. I can’t wait to read The Girls In The Water now and I’m waiting impatiently for Erika Foster #5! He has already finished writing it, so fingers crossed the editing won’t take too long. 😉

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