Shadow Sands (Kate Marshall #2) by Robert Bryndza

EXCERPT: Lyn closed her eyes. ‘It’s bad enough my son has been taken from me. I want to know why he was in that water in the middle of the night. I’m not the kind of woman that begs, but please.’ Her eyes filled up with tears. ‘Please. Will you help me?’

ABOUT ‘SHADOW SANDS’: When Kate Marshall finds the bloated 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 the victim there, in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown?

Kate is certain there is more to this case than meets the eye. As she and her research assistant Tristan Harper dig deeper, they discover a bloody trail that points towards an active serial killer hiding in plain sight. People have been silently disappearing for years, and when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.

MY THOUGHTS: After the excellent beginning to this series in Nine Elms, I felt a little let down by Shadow Sands. There was considerably less tension and suspense and, although I still enjoyed it, I wasn’t consumed by the story and its characters.

The plot itself didn’t flow, and the writing seemed simplistic a lot of the time. However, the characters are well depicted and continue to grow. I loved Kate’s thoughts on DCI Henry Ko: ‘You’re nice to look at, but you’re not the sharpest tool in the box.’

We learn a lot more about Tristan in Shadow Sands. Kate continues to build up her relationship with her son, Jake, and does something that really surprised me.

Shadow Sands is easily read as a stand-alone, as the author provides enough background to enable this.

While I may not have enjoyed Shadow Sands as much as Nine Elms, I did still enjoy it, and have the next in this series, Darkness Falls, lined up ready to read.


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THE AUTHOR: Robert Bryndza was born in the UK and lived in America and Canada before settling in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

When he’s not writing Rob is learning Slovak, trying to train two crazy dogs, or watching Grand Designs all in the hope that he’ll be able to understand his mother-in-law, build his dream house, and get the dogs to listen.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Thomas &Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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