Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
Finally, I can say it: I’ve read this book that everyone is talking about. The Girl In The Ice is a classic procedural, a gripping, fast thriller with a dedicated police officer called Erika Foster.
I’ll be honest: I liked this book a lot, but I didn’t love it as much as others did, I guess it’s because I’ve read way too similar stories during the past few years. Would I read the sequel? Absolutely. I love police procedurals and this was a fun read overall. But has this book amazed me ? Not really. I was expecting a big twist at the end and I didn’t get it. Not that the ending was bad: it all made sense and was revealed just at the right time. But I don’t think this case will stay with me, you know what I mean?
DCI Erika Foster was a great character and I liked how she didn’t fear anyone and wasn’t afraid to do what she thought was right. I loved her: she did everything she could even if everything and everyone were against her. I liked Kate Moss (ha!) too, she was kind and smart. And the relationship with her boss was pretty interesting as well and I’d love to see more of that.
The chapters were short and read very fast, which was an aspect I really liked about the structure. But I was confused when the killer was the center of a chapter, I believe this should have happened more often, because it was only a few times and I felt it wasn’t that necessary.
All in all, a fast, compelling read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope I like the next case a bit more.