It’s been 20 years since JonBenet Ramsey disappeared, and public interest is still high, with police and the public still clinging to hope of a solution. This book, “Dark Water,” is like that case, only with a British twist.
A beautiful, blond-haired 7-year-old girl goes missing in 1990, seemingly vanishing into thin air. In 2016, her body is found by DCI Erika Foster, who was searching for drugs in a local lake. Foster decides she wants to head up the renewed investigation into little Jessica Collins’ death. But with almost nothing to go on and a tightly-wound family to deal with, Foster quickly finds herself overwhelmed and not all that surprised that the original investigator on the case lost almost lost her sanity.
This book was amazing, in that it is so tightly written, you’re guessing about the plot up until the very end. The author gives very few clues throughout, and throws several red herrings into the mix to keep you guessing. But in the end, everything is tied together pretty nicely and efficiently. It’s like you’ve been given the answer key to a puzzle you’ve spent days trying to figure out.
It’s a very rewarding feeling, finishing this book. I mean that in a good way – I felt very satisfied with the conclusion. And I did not see it coming. I didn’t see anything coming, really, that’s how much the author kept me on my toes
It also shows how difficult it can be to deal with cold cases, something that’s become a bit of a fad recently, with people fascinated by these older, unsolved murders. The book shows what investigators go through, picking apart these old cases where the witnesses are changing and the evidence is thin.
Overall, this book – third in the series, though it can be read as a standalone – is an excellent addition to any mystery lover’s library.
I look forward to hearing more about Erika Foster in the future!