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Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4), by Robert Bryndza

Book synopsis, thanks to Amazon:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

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.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

I discovered the Erika Foster books thanks to a Lyft driver. The driver was listening to the audio version of The Girl in the Ice. during my ride, and I was intrigued by the narrator and the story. So when I got home, I bought the audio book. Detective Erika Foster is feisty and hard to like sometimes. But when she is on the job, solving murders, no one can top or stop her.

Then I bought The Night Stalker, the second book in the series, also through my Audible account.

I was hooked, so I bought the Kindle version of Dark Water, the third book in the series.

Last Breath is the fourth, and I think the best, book in the series. The story gained momentum in each chapter, building just enough to keep me hooked (and awake) as Erika and her team worked to find the killer.

Even better, Erika starts to make some changes in her personal and professional lives. Mr. Bryndza gives life to his protagonist by letting her learn and grow from her life experiences. Have you ever read a series of books and found the protagonist making the same mistakes over and over? I have, and I find it so frustrating, especially when I like the characters! I’ve been known to scream at the character, asking if he or she had learned nothing yet! Erika is building herself a LIFE!

The Erika Foster books are fun, wonderfully crafted and filled with characters I would like to know in person.

If, like me, you love murder mysteries, you will love these books!

Last Breath

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