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The Girl in the Ice: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Erika Foster crime thriller novel) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 17, 2016
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The prologue, written from the victims point of view, seemed promising, full of intrigue and tension, and the anticipation of getting a good read hooked me. Sorry to say it, but for me it all went downhill from there on, my disillusionment began with Erika. Erika is the lead character and, like so many fictional female detectives, is emotionally damaged and socially inept. She resents authority and goes her own way against all orders and common sense. She is hell bent on her own theory and won't cooperate with anyone else. That her presence will engender resentment from her new colleagues pretty much goes without saying. I'm not even sure she should even have been placed in that particular setting. Would the Metropolitan Police Force, with all their resources really bring in an officer from another territory to investigate a murder? Would the officers really act in the manner portrayed? I don't think it likely, not these days but then, I'm sure the author would have used the services of a police media advisor.
There were far too many stereotypical characters for my liking, even the old prostitute is a dirty, foul mouthed, ill mannered, drug addicted woman with crooked brown teeth. The working classes and criminals are portrayed as arrogant and ill mannered because they are poor, and the are rich portrayed as arrogant and ill mannered because they are privileged.
I thought it was a real shame because the actual plot itself is quite good and that is what earns it the 3rd star. It failed for me though because the whole story ran along predictable lines, including the usual part where the protagonist finds herself facing almost certain death (and that's not a spoiler because we know it's a serial). Having said that, judging by the number of 5 stars and the gushing comments, this style of writing must be exactly what many people want to read, I'm just not one of them.
ARC provided by Netgalley and Bookouture in return for an honest review.
The prologue describing the abduction of the victim and how she was found was very good. Unfortunately the book fell apart in the first chapter and didn't improve thereafter.
It begins with the London police bringing in a detective from Manchester to investigate the murder which is unrealistic. The actions of the the police are one bad cliche after another. I'm friends with several police officers and none of them behave in the way these do whether on or off duty.
Can't recommend this to anyone. Check out other books rather than wasting your money on this dreck.
And there were misused words and homophones (discrete instead of discreet, for example) and misused phrases (like ‘I’m still hitting the ground running” to mean “I’m still getting up to speed”) that I would expect to find in a self-published novel, but not one put out by professionals.
Besides the writing, there is the fact that it was never fully explained in a reasonable manner why she was on this case in the first place. Why bring a troubled detective from Manchester in to work on a London-area murder that had already been assigned to someone else? The excuse that she was a “bloody good copper” doesn’t ring true—they don’t have good detectives in London? Really? And she never once demonstrated that she was even a bloody adequate copper, much less good enough to justify transferring her from another jurisdiction to take over the case.
And the plot was so by the numbers. Erika states early on that the one thing she despises about the English is the class system. So every character is written to stereotype depending on their “class.” And it is so easy to see who the killer will be and the reason given for why they kill (spoiler: because they can).
Overall, it was a disappointment. I have no desire to read more about Erika. In my opinion this book isn’t as bad as the one-star reviews would have you believe, nor does it warrant the glowing five-star reviews it’s been given. It’s solidly in the middle.