Tuesday Intro: Dark Water

imageOnce again, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

So I have already finished this book but only in the last few days and so thought I would share – it’s Dark Water by Robert Bryndza.  Here’s what it’s about…

31433106Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

And here’s how it starts…

Autumn 1990

It was a cold night in the late autumn when they dumped the body in the disused quarry.  They knew it was an isolated spot, and the water was very deep.  What they didn’t know what that they were being watched.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Loved this book, this series just keeps getting better and better x

    1. Don’t they. And for once I’m reading them when they come out!

  2. Ooo… I’d continue!

    1. It’s well worth it!

  3. Ohhhh great opening!

    1. Grabs you straight away doesn’t it?

  4. I’ve been on a bit of a murder mystery kick so I think I’d keep reading 🙂 I hope you can stop by:



    1. I can’t stop reading about murder and mayhem….love it!

  5. The opening grabs you. I would keep reading!

    1. It does doesn’t it. He’s a great author for doing that.

  6. Oh that sounds like a good book, love the intro!

    1. It was…well worth a read.

    1. I would tell you but where is the fun in that? Plus might be a spoiler. 😄

  7. Oh, yes, another must read. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. Definitely worth reading. Hope you enjoy if you do!

  8. Intriguing! This sounds like it is a good one. I hope you enjoyed it, Emma. I would definitely keep reading. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I did enjoy…not I just need to write the review!

  9. This sounds so good – love the opening and the premise, I am a sucker for old crimes being investigated in the present- you seem to be on a real roll of good books lately 😊

    1. I feel like I have been (if you ignore girl number one) but I am also picking a lot in my favourite genre or favourite authors maybe that’s why? Not being very daring.

  10. This is a new-to-me author and series. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s a really good series and well worth reading. The Girl in the Ice is the first.

  11. That first paragraph is a great set-up. No way can I stop reading. I need more.

    1. It makes you want to keep reading doesn’t it? Was a good read.

  12. Sounds terrific; I’d keep reading.

    1. It was. Now there is just waiting for the next book.

  13. I would keep reading with compulsion as well as reluctance — the kind of book that scares me but I have to know what happens next. Totally different from the books I’ve been reading lately. Thanks for sharing. Here’s my link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1l1

    1. They are real page turners. I am just always happy they get the bad guys.

  14. […] Reading wise I finished The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill, which I mentioned in last weeks post and Pop Goes the Weasel by M J Arlidge (link to goodreads). both should be reviewed next week along with Dark Water that I featured in my Tuesday Intro. […]

  15. I so need to add this to my pile 🙂

    1. IT is well worth it.

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