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?
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She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.
The Good Bits.
I love female detective series set in Britain or Ireland. Ever since I got my hands on a Tana French novel, it’s been ‘my thing.’ As soon as I see a series with a female name and the initials DI or DCI, I lose my shit. So I was beyond excited to start this series.
DCI Erika Foster is one of the good gals, very much to a fault. But still I liked her. I liked that she got angry and ended up yelling at the victim’s family or slapping a child that bit her. Okay, I’m not condoning the violence against children. But I liked that she was, in essence, a screw-up. That’s how she came on the scene, and she would not change for anyone. More than anything she has the drive to go after the truth.
Watching Erika conduct this investigation is like watching a drunk uncle. I'm like "okay, what are you going to do now?" #TheGirlInTheIce
— Liselle (@lunchtimelib) April 14, 2016
In this novel, the victim’s family are heavily involved and even suspected. This family is the definition of rich and messed up. Each member seems to have their own strange ticks and agents. And on top of all that, they have their own secrets that each is trying to hide. And as characters in this family go, the surviving daughter is something. Forever wearing thick sweaters (or jumpers if you wanna get real British) with cats on them for all occasions—including funerals—she’s a riot.
There’s also an interesting emphasis on Eastern European women and the difficulties they encounter when they take and immigrate to Britain. It’s not a topic I’m familiar with at all, and the way it was portrayed in the books was chilling and profoundly sad. It added a new depth to things.
My only issue was that things started off slowly with characters that never showed up again in the narrative. I would have rathered it started with Erika.
The Last Bite.
This is a fantastic start to a thriller/mystery series, and I cannot wait to read the next book when it comes out.
Do you like when the victim’s family are involved in the mystery? Why or why not?
Let’s do lunch again next week!