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BLOG TOUR: Her Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster #4)

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Synopsis: 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.

Kat's Rating: 4/5

Kat's Review: I was late to the party with Robert Bryndza as is debut released in Feb 2016 and it took me until May of that year to get started. The benefit to that was that I didn't have to wait long between books thank goodness. It's an extremely addictive series and Erika is a character that I think many fans have fallen in love with. She has an unease as an individual especially since the loss of her husband Mark, a fellow copper. It seems the walls are up and she is determined to push herself when it comes to her career. This makes for a tenacious and fearless character with an edge of vulnerability. The start if the book sees Erika struggling as she is working outside of the Murder Team and is instead stationed behind a desk. That alone didn't sit right with me, however when she happens to be with her colleague Peterson she attends a new murder scene with him. Before you know it she has the bit between her teeth and practically drags herself back onto a case. 

Alongside Erika she manages to grab her selected team which consists of Peterson, Moss, Crane and John (all of whom I love) and between them they set themselves up to find the person responsible for this latest murder. Young girls are being found in dumpsters however for once the reader knows exactly who has done it. The killer is revealed early on and it's almost like a game of cat and mouse as you see the killer and his actions, followed by a timeline with Erika hot on his heels. For me, the only difference between this book and the last (especially in terms of rating) is that this was a little slower to start. Seeing Erika stuck and not able to do anything felt like it had no place and as such I struggled with the first few chapters. Of course by the time I Erika has firmly placed herself front and centre that feeling left as quick as it had arrived.

The rest of the book absolutely flew by and one thing that stood out is that we get to see the real Erika more so in this book that in previous ones. It's endearing to see her try to overcome her issued and as a reader you cannot help but root for her no matter what. I always have an element of fear when reading books I love so much as I'm always scared somebody I love will get killed, and this latest book was no exception. A thrilling, absorbing and exciting read that will have Bryndza fans weeping for joy the world over. Another cracking read and I, along with everyone else, will be waiting with baited breath for book 5.

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