When the body of a young woman is found beneath a sheet of ice in London, DCI Erika Foster is called upon to lead the investigation. Foster is returning to work, we discover, after her previous investigation went badly wrong, and led to the death of several officers, one of whom happened to be her husband. This case is not going to be straightforward, however, as the murdered girl is from a well-known family and Erika soon finds herself falling foul of her superiors as she makes the link between this body and the murder of three prostitutes.

Strong female detectives seem to be a common theme for many authors recently with the likes of D.I. Kim Stone (Angela Marsons) leading the way. Erika Foster is certainly a worthy peer and is deserving of a series. (A follow-up book, ‘The Night Stalker’, is already in the pipeline).

Like all fictional detectives, Erika is a flawed character – her single-mindedness often gets her into trouble although it is obvious to see that she is acting in the best interests of the case. She is a likeable character and, throughout the book, you find yourself rooting for her, hoping that her hunches are correct.

‘The Girl in the Ice’ is a fast-paced, well written thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. It will be interesting to see if the part of the story involving Ivy’s grandson is resolved in the next book.

Definitely worthy of a five star rating and promises to be one of the crime books of 2016.

This book was received from Net Galley and Bookouture in return for an honest review.