From The Breakthrough International Bestselling Author Of The Girl In The Ice, A Breathtaking, Page Turning Novel About A Disgraced Female Detective S Fight For Redemption And Survival Kate Marshall Was A Promising Young Police Detective When She Caught The Notorious Nine Elms Serial Killer But Her Greatest Victory Suddenly Turned Into A Nightmare Traumatized, Betrayed, And Publicly Vilified For The Shocking Circumstances Surrounding The Cannibal Murder Case, Kate Could Only Watch As Her Career Ended In ScandalFifteen Years After Those Catastrophic Events, Kate Is Still Haunted By The Unquiet Ghosts Of Her Troubled Past Now A Lecturer At A Small Coastal English University, She Finally Has A Chance To Face Them A Copycat Killer Has Taken Up The Nine Elms Mantle, Continuing The Ghastly Work Of His IdolEnlisting Her Brilliant Research Assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate Draws On Her Prodigious And Long Neglected Skills As An Investigator To Catch A New Monster Success Promises Redemption, But There S Much On The Line Kate Was The Original Killer S Intended Fifth Victim And His Successor Means To Finish The Job After 6 successful crime novels featuring Erika Foster, Robert Bryndza comes with a new series, introducing private investigator Kate Marshall.As a young detective with great potential and a promising career, Kate had an affair with one of her colleagues only to discover soon after that he was the notorious Nine Elms serial killer Kate manages to put him behind the bars but realises too late that she is pregnant with his baby Fast forward 15 years and this is where the book 1 starts Kate is no longer with the police She teaches criminology at a university and tries to get sober for her son who is in the custody of Kate s parents.The Nine Elms serial killer has been in prison the whole time when girls start disappearing and being murdered in almost identical way to the Nine Elms murders Police seem to be clueless and so Kate and her uni assistant decide to do some investigation on their own.I have a soft spot for Erika so it was always going to be hard for a new detective to compete with her Like Erika, Kate has an eventful past that still haunts her Is a bit too much going on there alcoholism, child with a serial killer That s what I was thinking at first but as the story progressed I was slowly swayed and pretty much onboard with everything by the end of it As per the author s usual style, this is a gripping but gruesome novel with a number of unexpeted twists Overall, 4 stars for Kate Marshall and her first novel Many thanks to Little Brown Books for my review copy in exchange for an honest review Anyone who knows me, knows what a huge fan I am of this authors books I absolutely love his Detective Erika Foster series so I could hardly contain my excitement when I heard he had a brand new crime series coming out Now I won t lie, when I picked up this book I was filled with not only excitement but with a bit of trepidation also Where as with the other series I knew mainly what to expect knowing the main characters but with this one, it s all very new with new characters and new setting but I needn t have worried as after reading the first chapter, I was well and truly hooked.Boy, oh boy, oh boy Where do I start with this amazing piece of crime fiction There is just so much to LOVE about it Honestly, don t take my word for it, read it for yourself Kate is one hell of a protagonist A former detective trying to get on with her life although she constantly lives under the shadow of her past.The manner that the victims are killed in this book were pretty shocking to say the least A couple of times I could feel myself turning a bit queasy at what I was reading Even thinking about it now sends shivers down my spine On top of that there are a few characters who literally made my skin crawl These are some seriously messed up people and whilst they made me feel sick by some of their actions, oh my goodness they really just take the story to another level.In Nine Elms, Robert Bryndza has delivered a masterpiece in crime fiction It is dark, gripping, nail biting and oh so wonderfully twisted Definitely not one for the feint hearted but for me it showed me a new side to this authors talents and I blooming well loved it For me this is way up there with Silence of the Lambs Couldn t have hoped for a better start to a brand new series and going by this one, well I think us readers need to hold on tight as we are in for one hell of a ride.My thanks to Sphere Books for an advanced readers copy of this book All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. I love Robert Bryndza novels whether they are his Detective Erika Foster series or his humorous Coco Pinchard series so I was really looking forward to the first book in the Kate Marshall series.Sixteen years ago, Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force Young, ambitious and driven, with a talent for getting into the minds of criminals, she solved several high profile murder cases When Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer her instinct and ability to immerse herself in violent worlds couldn t help her find him but he found her Years later Kate now lives on the quiet English coast enjoying a much calmer life until she receives a letter from someone in her past, all her memories flood back to the murderer she is so aware of and a case she is determined to solve.This is another outstanding novel by this talented author and yet another series I will be hooked to Great strong characters, gripping plots and so well written.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Absolutely amazing I m sure this will be one of the best books of the year. I love Robert Bryndza novels whether they are his Detective Erika Foster series or his humorous Coco Pinchard series so I was really looking forward to the first book in the Kate Marshall series.Sixteen years ago, Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force Young, ambitious and driven, with a talent for getting into the minds of criminals, she solved several high profile murder cases When Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer her instinct and ability to immerse herself in violent worlds couldn t help her find him but he found her Years later Kate now lives on the quiet English coast enjoying a much calmer life until she receives a letter from someone in her past, all her memories flood back to the murderer she is so aware of and a case she is determined to solve.This is another outstanding novel by this talented author and yet another series I will be hooked to Great strong characters, gripping plots and so well written.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I received an advanced reader s copy in exchange for an honest review Wow I loved his last series and I was worried this would not compare, but if anything it s better Required reading Fukk review later I have become a big thriller fan after many wonderful novels sent to me by the wonderful publicist, Megan Beattie Thanks to her and Publishing Thomas and Mercer for giving the chance to read and review NINE ELMS by Robert Bryndza Kate Marshall was on her way to becoming a top ranked police detective as she worked on solving the case of the Nine Elms Cannibal serial killer Unfortunately, she almost lost her life and got caught up in a huge scandal after the case was solved and the killer put away.Fifteen years later she is doing lectures at a small university She has had to deal with addiction and poor choices that have really had a huge impact on her life About the time she thinks things have begun to settle down in her life, there are killings of young girls that are eerily similar to those of the Nine Elms killer who is locked up tight in a special hospital for criminals who seem past redemption Is this a copycat Kate was supposed to be the first killer s fifth victim Will she be the target of this new horrendous murderer The author has crafted a flawed, but empathetic heroine in Kate Marshal She struggles with her sobriety and has nightmares constantly, but wants to try to make up for the past with her teenage son.Peter Conway and his mother Enid gave me goosebumps Unfortunately, there are many psychopaths walking around looking normal until something gets them caught I really loved Tristan Harper, Kate s assistant at the university He is so loyal to Kate and puts his career on the line to be there for her I am always happy to get the first in a new series to read I get a bit OCD about reading series out of order, even it it s by mistake Since the back cover of my ARC of NINE ELMS says it s Kate Marshall Series, Book 1, I will look forward with great interest to the second in the series and hope Kate will pursue of a career with Tristan as private investigators.Robert Bryndza is a new to me author I hope to read novels from his previous series in the near future Although I love mysteries and thrillers of all types, those with female leads are especially enticing to me. WOOHOO Another Bryndza book I couldn t refuse Only this time a new detective and a new series published by Thomas Mercer Peter Conway is never far from Kate s mind During the aftermath of the most heinous crimes imaginable, she fumbles with a new life while at the same time regretting the day she stopped being Detective Constable Kate Marshall Nine Elms Lane has changed since the 1990s with new developments going up and things aren t the same any With a career in law enforcement lost to reputation and now living in Thurlow Bay on the south coast of England, she is a lecturer in Criminology at Ashdean University Starting with the course Criminal Icons, Kate describes her relationship with Met Police Detective Peter Conway and the victims whose lives he took There must be nothing worse than thinking about a murderer who has haunted her entire career But when she receives an email from Malcolm Murray about their daughter Caitlyn who went missing in 1990 and may have been dating a police officer, all hell breaks loose As Nine Elms unfolds with a cutthroat ferocity, Conway receives a letter in prison and it s this that made me shiver I suspected the sender was someone in awe of the crime and it s perpetrator, but I didn t expect the crimes to be so horrendous It reminded me of Alcatraz where prisoner Frank Morris led a minimalist existence inside, it surprised me how he was able to conjure up such a well hatched, meticulous escape plan With Bryndza s descriptive prose, it s easy to visualize Conway s conditions, his routine and his jailers You ll get a kick out of the Kate s research assistant, Tristin, a young man with which every reader will resonate Snowy white socks and an enquiring mind, reminiscent of a young Inspector Lewis But when DCI Varia Campbell and DI John Mercy reveal a past misdemeanour, I liked Tristin a little Bryndza is skilled at drilling down to the smallest of foibles, which in turn brings an extra dimension to his characters I was convinced that Kate s relationship with Peter Conway and his desire to see Jake would somehow play out in prison That he would find a way to lure them there But the backdrop of CM Logistics and an eerily staged scene from the past was a twist I never saw coming This is an ultra satisfying, seat of your pants police procedural and although I read it in three days interrupted only by work it was easy to pick up where I d left off The details of the case and the characters stayed in my mind and so did the surrounding story The book is miraculously tied together in a violent and remarkably satisfying denouement.Nine Elms is a sharp example of its genre The pages turn, the violence is brutal, and for all police procedural and crime aficionados, fasten your safety belts because this is one hell of a twisty ride Many thanks to the Author, Netgalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read an advanced reader copy for an honest review. The first instalment of the Kate Marshall series Detective Kate Marshall is investigating a serial killer loose in south London Kent boarders He has killed three times already when Kate gets a call to a new crime scene at Crystal Palace Park.When Kate realized who the killer is, is it too late before he comes after her After being attacked by the killer Kate retires from the police force Sixteen years later and Kate has never gotten over her capturing the Nine Elms Cannibal, she tries very hard to live a quite and peaceful life, but when a couple ask for her help to track down their daughter who disappeared twenty years ago Kate feels that she has to help them.Bodies start appearing in exactly the same way as sixteen years ago and Kate is pulled back into the think of the action.