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The mystery was intriguing enough, but I found Erika Foster lacking. Considering she was supposed to be s very experienced and supposedly capable investigator, she did not act like one. Loses her composure, acts unprofessionally, and ends up the damsel in distress too often for a 25 year veteran. The only reason we know she is supposed to be a damned good cop is because the other characters keep saying so, rather than by her actions.
At first I was not happy with the voice performance either, the reader's habit of ending sentences on an uplift made everything sound like a question - making the character sound annoyingly unsure. However considering the way the characterization went, I guess it was suitable after all.
There's more that I could say, but it would mean spoiling the plot, so I will stop here.
34 of 34 people found this review helpful
I keep 40 to 50 audiobooks as my backup stash for when I run out of my preferred authors. After reading a recent review of this novel by one of the Audible listeners I follow, I dug into the stash to listen to the book. The Girl in the Ice is set in London, The protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Erica Foster, is a brash, confident, insubordinate, capable, deeply damaged and ultimately brilliant 25 year veteran detective. This is a wonderful novel that I could easily listen to again. Highly recommended!
48 of 50 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about this story?
What a killer start to a novel! Heart-pounding, tense, and horrifying, it had me on the edge of my seat. And from that moment, I was hooked.
The author, Robert Bryndza, has created a fabulous cast of characters. The title of this novel, The Girl In The Ice, could as much be about the main character in this book as it is about the remains found in a frozen lake. DCI Erika Foster initially comes across as a cold woman – strong, feisty, but with little warmth. As the story proceeds, her heartbreaking back story is revealed, as is the vulnerability beneath her exterior. The more people, including colleagues, try to stop her from getting to the truth, the more determined she becomes, and the more I warmed to her. The author was incredibly clever the way he had ‘frozen’ Erika slowly thawing and coming alive again after everything that she had endured.
It did annoy me a bit, though, that Erika seems to find herself helpless and in need of rescuing several times along the way. It made me feel as if the book was paying lip service to having a strong female lead, but in reality she was just another damsel in distress. Hopefully, this minor criticism will be tackled in the next book though – one I’m very much looking forward to reading.
With so many possible suspects, I was kept guessing all the way through. There are section from the killer’s point of view, which I particularly enjoyed, and they really had me guessing. As the pieces of the puzzle were pulled together, the chapters became more and more tense. I listened to this on audiobook, rather than read it, and found myself wandering around the house with my kindle, unable to put it down because I was desperate to know how it would end. That’s the sign of a brilliant crime novel – and that’s exactly what The Girl In The Ice is.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Girl in the Ice in three words, what would they be?
Gripping, intense, excellent!!
What other book might you compare The Girl in the Ice to, and why?
If you enjoy Peter James' Roy Grace series, or Angela Marsons Kim Stone Series you will love this book.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
This book grips you from the start and all the way through, i read it in 3 days! i couldnt put it down
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If i had the time, i would of definitely read this book in one sitting, but as it was, it took me just 3 days to read.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this book immensely, the main characters have their own back story, which i hope will be delved in to more as the series continues. The narration was varied and exciting, and not monotone like many other narrators out there. the story had me gripped from beginning to end and i am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Erica Foster Series.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Erica, the main character, acts so ridiculously you hope she gets knocked off. Not worth the time or money.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed Jan Cramer's narration of Angela Mason's Kim Sone books, so I thought I'd try this.
I found the story incredibly frustrating. The behaviour of the protagonist is all over the place. The premise of her returning to such a case off the back of a long leave -let alone having a job if she had screwed up as badly as they claim - seems utterly ridiculous to me. Not a believable or particularly gripping story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful