Today I am so excited to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour on its publication day for Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza, published by Sphere Books.
Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza
A Kate Marshall Crime Thriller Book 2
Release Date: 3rd of November 2020
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Sphere Books
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When Kate Marshall finds the bloated body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident.
But the details don’t add up: why was he there, in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown? As Kate and her assistant Tristan Harper follow the evidence, they make a far darker discovery . . .
This is only the latest victim in a series of bloody murders dating back decades. A mythic serial killer is said to hide in the rolling fog, abducting his victims like a phantom. And when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.
Shadow Sands is a tantalising crime thriller and is the second instalment in the Kate Marshall series. Still reeling from the events in Nine Elms, I had been eagerly waiting for Shadow Sands and once I got my hands on a copy, I immediately got stuck into it and what is always the case with Robert Bryndza’s books, I was not disappointed! Just a heads up that Shadow Sands can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend you reading Nine Elms first, as it is another brilliant read!
For Kate Marshall’s second outing, we see her become embroiled in a case involving the death of a young man whom her son Jake and herself find in the reservoir, Shadow Sands whilst out diving. The victims mother is unable to accept what the police have deemed a tragic accident and she enlists the help of Kate who quickly realises that things don’t add up about this mans death. With the help of her research assistant Tristan Harper, they set out in search of the truth and what they uncover is more than they bargained for.
Shadow Sands is set two years after the events of Nine Elms and although not as dark, still packs a punch. Robert Bryndza kicks things off with a chilling prologue and first chapter, which sets off the tone of the book well. From there, in true Robert Bryndza form, things move at breakneck speed never letting up until the final page. The ending is satisfying and I like where it is going to head next. It has also been well researched, plotted and perfectly executed.
I instantly connected with Kate Marshall in Nine Elms and it was great to catch up with her again. She has been through a lot and although not without flaws, I admire her strength to keep pushing on when her personal struggles, could see her giving up. Tristan Harper plays more of a role this time and I loved how we see a more vulnerable side to him, when something significant he has been hiding has to come out. He is also a great character and I love the dynamics between him and Kate. They really do compliment each other well.
What I love about Robert Bryndza’s books is you know you are going to get a first class read each and every time and Shadow Sands in no different. He has a knack of pulling you into these fictitious worlds that he masterfully creates and with writing that is so vivid, has you experiencing the story as the characters do. I love it when an author is able to do this, which just enhances the greatness of the story all the more for me. Already after two books this series is now a favourite of mine and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for Kate next.
I could just write about Robert Bryndza’s books all day. He really knows how to spin a tale and with each book he writes, he raises the bar higher and higher. His plots are always fresh and he creates characters that you find yourself really caring about. He is a real talent and one of the best crime thriller authors out there and I hope will be writing books for many years to come. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Shadow Sands which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Robert Bryndza, Sphere Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Shadow Sands which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Robert Bryndza
Robert Bryndza is an international bestselling author, best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over four million copies in the English language.
His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months it sold one million copies, reaching number one in the Amazon UK, USA and Australian charts. To date, The Girl in the Ice has sold over 1.5 million copies in the English language and has been sold into translation in 29 countries. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2016), the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle in France (2018), and it won two reader voted awards, The Thrillzone Awards best debut thriller in The Netherlands (2018) and The Dead Good Papercut Award for best page turner at the Harrogate Crime Festival (2016).
Robert has released a further five novels in the Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, all of which have been global bestsellers, and in 2017 Last Breath was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Mystery and Thriller.
Most recently, Robert created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Kate Marshall, a police officer turned private detective. The first book, Nine Elms, was an Amazon USA #1 bestseller and an Amazon UK top five bestseller, and the series has been sold into translation in 15 countries. The second book, Shadow Sands will be published November 3rd 2020.
Robert was born in Lowestoft, on the east coast of England. He studied at Aberystwyth University, and the Guildford School of Acting, and was an actor for several years, but didn’t find success until he took a play he’d written to the Edinburgh Festival. This led to the decision to change career and start writing. He self-published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels, before switching to writing crime. Robert lives with his husband in Slovakia, and is lucky enough to write full-time.
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