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The moors are a perfect hiding place for a serial killer... and a chilling return to the past for nascent private investigator Kate Marshall in a pulse-racing thriller by the author of Nine Elms
Criminology academic Kate Marshall is on a scuba jaunt with her son when they dive toward a shocking discovery: the body of a teenage boy entangled below the surface of the Shadow Sands reservoir. The detective chief inspector's too-quick narrative of a tragic drowning doesn't add up, and when Kate follows the evidence, it leads to a darker discovery.
The victim is only the latest in a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances linked to the moorlands - and a mythic phantom said to hide in the rolling fog. When a researcher of urban legends vanishes without a trace, Kate and her associate Tristan Harper must act fast and look deep if they hope to find her alive.
But the elusive serial killer they're hunting isn't the only one a step ahead of Kate and Tristan. Someone else is making dead certain that the secrets of Shadow Sands stay buried.
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Book Review: Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza - Reviewed by Sarah (07 Nov 2020)
I really enjoyed reading this second book in Robert Bryndza's Kate Marshall series. The plot is multi-layered and twisty, a slow build of tension to a gripping edge-of-your seat conclusion. Two years after the action of Nine Elms (Kate Marshall #1), former police officer Kate is again drawn away from her work as an academic into a real life crime. While diving in the Shadow Sands reservoir with her 16-year-old son, Jake, Kate comes across the recently deceased body of a young man. After becoming aware of a series of worrying discrepancies in the police investigation, and having been approached by the mother of the young man, Kate and her assistant Tristan again take on their private investigator mantle and begin trying to uncover the truth. The stakes are raised when an Italian academic, Magdalena, who has recently befriended Tristan, goes missing on a stretch of the A1238 notorious for disappearances of young women over recent years. I feel that Shadow Sands is a step up from its predecessor, Nine Elms, both in terms of plot and character development - the previous book perhaps suffered from the weight of the lead character's backstory which, while essential to understanding her motivations, sometimes detracted from the main plotline. I still find some of Bryndza's prose and dialogue a bit awkward - he also seems to frequently fall foul of the "show, don't tell" maxim. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable and stimulating read, with great characters and a gripping finale. My thanks to the author, Robert Bryndza, publisher Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title in advance of its publication on 3 November 2020.
Book Review: Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza - Reviewed by CloggieA (09 Oct 2020)
Shadow Sands is the second book in the Kate Marshall series by British author, Robert Bryndza. While diving with her son in the Shadow Sands Reservoir, Kate Marshall discovers the recently-dead body of a young man, Simon Kendal. The police quickly (too quickly?) rule it accidental drowning, but it doesn’t sit right with Kate, a former police detective and now lecturer in Criminology at Ashdean.
Simon’s mother asks Kate to investigate, citing Simon’s fitness as an Olympic-level swimmer, and the absence of alcohol in his system. Lyn Kendal suspects Simon’s best friend, Geraint Jones, but Kate and her research assistant, Tristan Harper, note the inconsistencies in both the police case and this theory.
Then an attractive young professor at Ashdean with an interest in “The Fog Phantom of the A1328” goes missing on a foggy Sunday from the A1328. Kate and Tristan follow up on the young woman’s research and begin to suspect there is a serial killer at work.
There’s plenty of good detective work apparent here, despite Kate’s handicap of a lack of access to police resources. Her assistant’s talents are clearly an asset. Bryndza gives the reader a solid plot with a few red herrings and a nice twist, a little Nine Elms Cannibal distraction and an exciting climax. The ends are neatly tied up in the epilogue, with a promise of more from this pair. Great British crime fiction. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer.
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