2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

Shadow Sands (Kate Marshall Book 2) by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @TheCrimeVault #BlogTour

Well I’m ridiculously excited to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for the second instalment in the Kate Marshall series, Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza. Huge thanks to the Little Brown for the opportunity to join the blog tour and for the advanced copy.

About the book

When Kate Marshall finds the 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 in available to purchase now – Bookshop.org | Waterstones | Little Brown

My thoughts

Since reading Nine Elms, the first book in Robert Bryndza’s Kate Marshall series I’ve been waiting patiently for book 2 and I have to say it was definitely worth the wait.

When Kate a former detective and now a criminology lecturer goes diving with her son Jake in the Shadow Sands reservoir they’re on the hunt for long lost buildings that hide underneath the man made reservoir, they don’t expect to find the body of a young man.

Always having that bit of detective in her, Kate’s keen to find out what happened to the young man but when the case is wrapped up in extra quick time and it’s classed as an accidental drowning, things just don’t add up for Kate. When the victims mum comes to Kate asking for her help, Kate finds it hard to resist.

We found out a lot about Kate in the first book and in this one we get to find out a bit more about Tristan, Kate’s assistant. I love this pairing, they work so well together and make such a great team. Both characters are so likeable and real feeling and I feel there’s a lot more to find out about them and I can’t wait.

One thing I’ve learned from reading Robert Bryndza’s books is that nothing is straight forward, expect the unexpected and prepare to be totally and utterly gripped and Shadow Sands is certainly a gripper. The plot is original but believable and I went through every character believing they were the one. It wasn’t until very late in the book that the penny dropped and I realised who it was.

I’ve loved every Robert Bryndza book I’ve read and I’m not sure how’s its possible (because they’re all fantastic) but they just seem to get better and better. The tension that builds while you’re reading is crazy, I found myself turning the pages so desperate to find out what was going to happen next (not because I was holding my breath and nearly passing out, honestly).

If you’ve never read a Robert Bryndza book then I highly recommend you do. Shadow Sands could be read as a stand alone but to really get a good feel for the characters and their back story then I’d start from the beginning, Nine Elms. You won’t regret it and you’ll probably end up addicted like me and be sitting waiting patiently for number three.

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