Devil's Way

The chilling and addictive new Kate Marshall crime thriller

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Pub Date 12 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2023

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Kate Marshall’s investigation into a young boy’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by multi-million bestselling author, Robert Bryndza.

When Private Investigator Kate Marshall is rushed to hospital after being pulled into a riptide current in the sea, the near-death experience leaves her shaken. During her recovery, she befriends Jean, an elderly lady on the same ward. Jean tells the harrowing story of how her three-year-old grandson, Charlie, went missing eleven years ago during a camping trip on Dartmoor.

By the time Kate is well enough to go home, she's agreed to take on the case, but when Kate and her trusty sidekick Tristan start to look at the events of that fateful night, they discover that Jean has a dark past that could have put Charlie in jeopardy.

Was Charlie abducted? Or did he fall into Devil's Way? A rushing river that vanishes into a gorge close to where they were camping.

When Kate and Tristan discover that a social worker who flagged concerns about Jean and her daughter was found brutally murdered shortly after Charlie vanished, it makes them question everything they thought they knew about the family...

'A masterly storyteller' ― LJ Ross

'A rising star in British crime fiction' Irish Independent

'It is impossible not to root for the feisty, flawed Kate'Daily Mail


Kate Marshall’s investigation into a young boy’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by multi-million bestselling author...

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Robert Bryndza and his wonderful creations, Kate and Tristan, have done it again - delivered a clever mystery with plenty of twists and details. The characters are, as always, completely credible and the careful handling of the interactions at the end of the novel are really well done. Robert Bryndza has created a compelling world here and each book in this series just adds to his well earned reputation as one of today’s foremost crime writers. Taking his place next to the likes to Robotham and Billingham, Robert Bryndza never fails to deliver.

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Oh my word what a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down. Another story about Kate and Tristan and their Private Investigation business. They get hired by Jean whose grandson disappeared years ago on a camping trip on Dartmoor. She’s convinced he’s still alive even though she had him declared dead. There are so many twists and turns. I love the short story part. Kate gets into trouble when she’s out on her morning swim. I don’t want to give anything away. I’m sorry I’ve read it so quickly as I really want to read more but all good things must come to an end. I can’t wait for the next one

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Wow what a book, Kate Marshall is back with a bang! After reading the first three I could not wait to get stuck into the fourth.

After almost drowning in a rip tide, Kate meets a lady while recovering in hospital who wants her to find out what happened to her granson Charlie, who went missing when he was three years old.

With lots of twists and turns along the way, Kate and Tristan solve a murder and find out what happened to Charlie.

I raced through this book, finishing it in a day
Thanks to netgalley for my arc in exchange for an honest review

5 stars

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This is my second book by Robert Bryndza in the Kate Marshall series which is fast becoming one of my favourites.

In this book, Kate gets into trouble when she hits a riptide on her daily swim and is hospitalised. Whilst in hospital she strikes up a conversation with another patient who tells Kate that her grandson went missing 13 years ago (as a three year old) when they were camping.

Kate and her partner Tristan take on the case and try to uncover what happened all those years ago...

What I love about Bryndza's writing and stories is their simplicity. This may be a criticism for others however I dislike books which are just unrealistic twist after unrealistic twist forcing the reader to suspend disbelief whilst reading. The author here tells an excellent story in a linear timeline, building upon the characters and storyline.

Thanks to Netgalley and Raven Street Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Well where do I start, another brilliant read by Robert, dragged me in at the beginning and kept me hooked until the very last page, a great storyline, great charecters, absolutely loved it

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Another instalment of Kate Marshall PD that didn’t disappoint. Kate stumbles across her next case when she finds herself in an unfortunate situation. Her and Justin begin investigating and as you can imagine there are the usual and also the unexpected twists and turns throughout the case.
Robert Bryndza writing really brings you into the characters so much so you find yourself knowing them inside and out. There’s such a depth to them that having followed Kate from the start you are willing her to succeed. That said you could equally pick this title up and read it not having know the characters as their back story is told along the reading journey enough for you to not be lost about the character had you read it as a stand-alone.
Excellent storyline, excellently written by an excellent author… next please !

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Another investigation for Kate and Tristan. This series just goes from strength to strength, I love their friendship and work ethics.
In this enthralling read, Kate and Tristan take on the cold case of a missing 3 year old. Hired by his Grandmother Jean, Charlie went missing 11 years previously whilst on a camping trip.
From the beginning of the case we're taken on a rollercoaster of a ride as they try to discover what happened to Charlie on that fateful night. Another great book by Robert Bryndza

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Thank you NetGalley and Raven Street Publishing for the copy of Devil’s Way. I love the Kate Marshall series and this was no exception. It can be read as a standalone, but I loved seeing how Kate and Tristan’s partnership has evolved and how Kate has grown and changed. A chance encounter with Jean in the hospital leads them to investigate a missing person case from 11 years ago. What follows is a whirlwind of clues that don’t add up and it takes smarts, hard work, and luck for Kate and Tristan to start to put it all together. This was a great story that you will love!

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Private Investigator and ex-detective Kate Marshall has finally got her life pretty much worked out. In her darkest hours she could never have imagined running her own business, no longer drinking, or having a healthy relationship with son Jake, who at one time seemed been lost to her forever. Living on the coast Kate has also taken up wildwater swimming, but after a terrifying experience lands her in hospital, she finds her next case impossible to refuse.

Charlie Julings would be a teenager now if he hadn't disappeared one night eleven years ago. As soon as she learns what Kate does his grandma, Jean, begs her to look for her grandson. Once discharged Kate and Tristan, her only work colleague, begin looking at what could have happened to the little boy, but how do they search for someone who disappeared without trace, leaving no clues, sightings, or remains?

This is the fourth in a series which improves with each new book and I absolutely loved it. From Kate’s terrifying experience, through Tristan's ever increasing confidence, to an ending which ticked all the boxes, this was brilliant from the start. The storyline was fast moving, with a cast of characters who were realistically and sympathetically drawn and drew me in and kept me captivated throughout.

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. I loved this, it is a definite highlight of my reading year and easy to recommend.

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‘Devil’s Way’ is the fourth book in the excellent Kate Marshall series by author Robert Bryndza.

I am yet to read a book by this author that I didn’t enjoy whether it be the comedy series he wrote in the early days or the riveting thrillers he concentrates on now. The Kate Marshall series is well written with good plots and interesting characters. This latest addition to the series carries on in the same way maintaining the high standard Robert has set.

The series features Private Investigator Kate Marshall and her partner Tristan. In the latest offering Kate is rushed to hospital following an accident in the sea when she was pulled into a riptide current. Obviously shaken following her near fatal experience she finds herself in hospital to recover and makes an acquaintance with an elderly woman named Jean. Jean tells Kate an heart-breaking story of how her three-year-old grandson, Charlie, went missing eleven years ago during a camping trip on Dartmoor. When Kate is well enough to leave hospital she agrees to take on the case with Tristan’s help, but they soon discover that Jean has a dark past that could have put Charlie in jeopardy.

The question they face is was Charlie abducted or did he fall into the fast river where they were camping known as Devil’s Way. Kate and Tristan discover that a social worker who had concerns about Jean and her daughter was found brutally murdered shortly after Charlie vanished. All of a sudden they start doubt everything they already surmised and realise they need to look again at the family.

This is a great read, I thought I had it worked out but then everything changed.

I would like to thank both Netgalley and Raven Street publishing for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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This is a great addition to the series and Kate and Tristan did it again and wow what this women goes through in her life she is a warrior, loved this book and the storyline was juicy and amazing

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Firstly I would like to thank netgalley, and Raven street publishers, and the brilliant author Robert bryndza for an early copy of this book to read..

I recently read book one in this series, not read book two and three yet but downloaded on my kindle, This is book four in this series..And another fantastic read..This book starts with Kate Marshall and her assistant Tristan on another case,Kate goes for morning swim gets into trouble ends up I'm hospital where she means Jean,where she tells her story of her missing 3 years old grandson Charlie goes missing on a campsite..will Kate find out what happened to him eleven years ago? I guessed the ending to this book one of my favourite authors.highly recommend this series and his books...A first class read.

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346 pages

5 stars

This has to be one of my favorite Robert Bryndza novels. It is simply brilliant.

Ex-cop, now a private investigator, Kate Marshall is in the hospital recovering from a near drowning in the sea. Her roommate is a woman named Jean who tells Kate about the disappearance of her grandson eleven years earlier while camping at Devil’s Way.

She asks Kate to look into the disappearance.

This leads Kate and her partner Tristan on a twisty trail. They must interview Jean again as Kate doesn’t think that Jean has told her everything. They meet with Jean’s attorney and his mother who is a close friend of Jean’s. They learn that Charlie’s (the lost child), mother and Jean’s daughter committed suicide. Charlie’s father has remarried and has two daughters. They learn that the family was under investigation by the social services. Jean really didn’t like the social services woman. And there is murder.

The ending was not surprising for me, but it was a lot of fun getting there.

This is a great story, extremely well written and plotted. Mr. Bryndza is a wonderful writer who makes his characters come alive. Even the minor characters in the book were very lifelike. I really enjoyed this book. While I have not read all of this author’s books, I have read a great many and I believe that this is one of his best.

I want to thank NetGalley and Raven Street Publishing for forwarding to me a copy of this excellent book for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

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Oh my!!! I’ve read every one of Robert Bryndza’s books and they just get better and better. This was a thrilling story that I just gobbled up, I don’t like saying “unputdownable “ however I’m finding it difficult to describe it in any other way…I can usually put a book down and turn on the tv about 8pm.. Not with this book…no tv and read through to nearly 2am to finish it.

My only criticism is that it finished too quickly…..more please!

Thank you to Netgalley the author and publishers for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review

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I am a huge fan and enjoyed this book just as much as the others. Loads of twists and turns and a fantastic ending. Highly recommended. #DevilsWay #NetGalley.

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Did anything happen these past three days? Was there anything in the news? If there was, I missed it all as I was holed up with tea, chocolate and Devil's Way.

This is the second whodunnit by Robert Bryndza I've been reading, and again I am amazed at how he paints a picture of the main characters. Tristan with a pen between his teeth as he works, Kate feeling unsure of herself after her accident, Jean smoking again. Perhaps it is the addition of these details that this story has such an easy pace.

It seems his next book will be a standalone psychological thriller and I am looking forward to it.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.

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Simply A-May-Zing! I’m a big fan of Robert Bryndza and have read all his books and absolutely love each one of them. So I knew this book would be good as well, and am happy to say that it went well beyond my expectations. Great plot, superb storytelling, gripping, fast paced - I loved everything about the book. Robert has churned out another bestseller - kudos to him! Am really looking forward to read his next book, hope it is published soon.
Thank you Raven Street Publishing for an advanced copy of this ebook and giving me a chance to review this book!

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A great plot with plenty of suspense to keep interest high until the end of the read. The story was well written and had characters with dialogue that was believable and true to life. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to others.

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Another great instalment in the Kate Marshall series of books. Devil’s Way is a gripping thriller investigating a young boy’s disappearance. It had me hooked from the start, quickly gathered pace and was a joy to read. Thank you to NetGalley, Raven Street Publishing and the author for the chance to review.

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Another fantastic read from Robert Bryndza. The only thing I’m really upset about is that I’m all caught up with both of his mystery series. I continue to be impressed by his writing. He really brings these characters to life. I love that none of them are perfect and have relatable flaws. I feel like Kate and Tristan should not work so well together, but they totally do. They are such a great team, and really support each other in such realistic ways. I sped through this one and loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to see what Robert has in store for us next!

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Excellent addition to an excellent series. While recovering from a traumatic experience private detective Kate Marshall takes on a cold case involving a missing child. Highly recommend book by one of my favorite authors,,

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Many thanks for the advanced copy, this was my first book by this author so I am not familiar with the series unfortunately. I could not put it down, start to finish. Two amazing characters which I believe must run throughout the series, a fantastic case with a lot of plot twists that kept me gripped. I think I will go back and read some others in the series.

Highly recommended

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what a fantastic read, thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. I could not put it down.

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Another fabulous instalment in the Kate Marshall series. Kate and Tristan are wonderful characters. I really enjoy Mr. Bryndza’s books regardless of what he writes about. Kate almost drowns and then she and Tristan investigate the disappearance of a child many years before. Loved the ending. Many thanks to NetGalley, Raven Street Publishing and the Author for allowing me to read and review this book.

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I flew through this book, which is exactly what I expected as I love this series. Kate and Tristan continue to be superb leading characters and I always love the balance between their case and glimpses into their personal lives. This case in particular was a haunting one - a child going missing is everyone’s nightmare and there was a lot of emotion laced into the case. I loved all of the twists and turns and had many suspects along the way. I did guess the big reveal shortly before but it certainly didn’t ruin anything for me as I was completely invested in the story by that point. Another brilliant crime thriller from Bryndza, I just can’t get enough!

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I am a great fan of the author's books and book 4 in the PI Kate Marshall series is another fine read. The relationship between Kate and her assistant, Tristan, is very touching and the developing characterisation is lovely. This book finds them investigating a cold case disappearance of a 3 year old boy, in a many layered tale filled with interesting characters and bleak descriptive passages of Dartmoor. Robert Bryndza has created another 5* read which fans will love.. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.

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The sea will never be restrained.

Kate Marshall wrestled with it and nearly lost. A daily swim in Thurlow Bay was the usual for P.I. Kate Marshall. It helped to release tension and get the kinks out of her mind. But this day the sea revved its muscles and the result was a treacherous riptide that almost proved too much for even Kate. Two surfers came to her rescue. It could have been her last swim.

As a precaution, Kate was sent to the hospital for tests and recovery. Nothing proved more frustrating for her. But an older woman, Jean Julings, just so happened to be her room partner that day. And Fate would deal out the cards. Jean explained that her three year old grandson, Charlie, went missing eleven years ago. She hires Kate and her partner, Tristan Harper, to sift through evidence and see if they can find out what actually happened to Charlie. It came to a dead end for the police.

Robert Bryndza paints a whole different set of scenery for Kate this time. She's been weakened by the riptide accident and must lean more on Tristan. She even sees herself in a different light. Tristan takes the lead and we're impressed by his stamina. He searches out former police officers who were on duty that day when Charlie went missing by Devil's Way. This was a dangerous area for any three year old to survive.

Bryndza is known for his multi-layered storylines and he certainly doesn't disappoint in Devil's Way. He lines this with a cast of characters who live on the shadier side of life and those who held information never realizing its true value. Kate and Tristan will come upon the murder of a young woman who may or may not be tied somehow to Charlie. Bryndza is gonna make us work for this one.......and we're delighted to step up front and center to do just that.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Raven Street Ltd. and to the talented Robert Bryndza for the opportunity.

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This is my first book by Robert Bryndza and I was not disappointed. It is part of a series but worked well as a stand alone. With a strong female protagonist and a haunting missing person's case, I was drawn in immediately. Can't wait to read the other books in the Kate Marshall series and highly recommend for others who love atmospheric mysteries. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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I loved every second of reading this book. Its so well written and woth so many twists and turns that you just have no clue what's going to happen next. It actually felt like you're watching a series on netflix, it is just that detailed and has that much going on. The characters are well written and you can see everyone and everything so vividly. Absolutely recommend

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I liked this thriller…I really liked this book. This author has written a cannot put down mystery. I liked the easy timeline…the third person narrator…the characters come alive on the pages. This would make a great movie or television series. The protagonist, Kate, is likable and intriguing. The other characters add to the story by being believable. The mystery was sad but came to a satisfying conclusion. This book just seemed to me to be like reading mysteries that have entertained for years…like some of my favorites in the past but with a modern touch. This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks also to the publisher and the author. I am eager to read more by this gifted writer. Do not miss this journey with Kate.

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Wow without a doubt this has to be the best book so far in this amazing series even though I have loved every previous episode. So this is the fourth book in the Kate Marshall series and it starts with Kate getting into difficulties whilst swimming in the sea and ending up in hospital. Whilst recovering Kate gets into a conversation with an elderly lady who after finding out Kate runs a private detective agency tells her a harrowing tale about her three year old grandson who went missing eleven years previously and was never found so she asks Kate to look into the disappearance and from then on in it’s a thrill a minute rollercoaster of a ride.
Well what more can I say this book took over my life I was hooked and read it every spare minute it was so addictive and excellently written by the super talented Robert Bryndza who just this amazing ability to suck you right into everything he writes, many many thanks to him please never stop writing!
I love the characters of Kate and Tristan as soon as you start a new book featuring them it’s just like you are back with friends and I am now missing them and happy to know it certainly isn’t the last we will see of them.
A brilliant 5 star read I can highly recommend , if you haven’t read the previous in the series please do they are too good to be missed although this one can be read as a stand-alone.
My thanks to NetGalley and Raven Street Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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I’ve not read anything by this author before, but I’ll be looking out for his name now. I liked the pairing of Kate, ex- police officer turned Private Eye with Tristan, young ex-researcher now partnering Kate. They bounce off each other nicely, with Kates mature view of life balancing nicely with Tristan’s more innocent view. The story is an emotive one, as anything involving the loss of a child always is. This felt very realistic, from the depth of the distress of the child’s family, to the actions of both the PIs and the Police. Often there is no evidence to be found, and in this case especially although mistakes are made, this could so easily be a true story. Excellent read.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley and Raven Street Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publishing: January 12, 2023
Series: Kate Marshall #4
Pages: 346

“Devil’s Way” by Robert Bryndza, new author to this reader is a riveting and fantastic read. I had a hard time putting this one down once I started. I am hating myself of not having the opportunity to read the other three books in this series, which I am sure are just as good.

The story begins with a child going missing and then to Kate Marshall, a private investigator and ex-detective. While on a daily swim she is dragged into a riptide that lands her in the hospital. As she recovers, she entertains a conversation with another patient named Jean who tells her of how her grandson, Charlie while on a camping trip went missing. It has been approximately 13 years since his disappearance that left no trace of clues or evidence.

Kate tells Tristan, her partner of the meeting and they both take on the case to uncover the mystery of the case. There is twists and turns, speculations of the grandmother and her daughter and what happened to the social worker who had reservations of that family.

This was oh so good and well written. The plot and transition from chapter to chapter left me guessing every minute. Thoroughly enjoyed and will backtrack to the others in this series. Recommend the read.

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Everyone who knows me will know how much I love Robert Bryndza’s books, so I couldn’t wait to read Devil’s Way the 4th book in the Private Investigator Kate Marshall series. When I’m starting a new book in a series, I always feel a sense of trepidation. Will I love it? Or hate it? Will my love affair with a series end? But I should know by now to never doubt Robert Bryndza’s writing. Once again, he’s delivered on every aspect that I need to make crime book thrilling, an entertaining plot with plentyof mystery, well-developed characters, and bucketfuls of suspense.

Kate ends up in hospital after she hits a riptide on her daily swim. Whilst in hospital, she strikes up a conversation with another patient who tells Kate whilst camping thirteen years previously, her then three-year-old grandson went missing and was never found. Kate and her partner Tristan take on the case and try to uncover what happened all those years ago. Devils Way isn’t a fast-paced read, but then cold cases usually aren’t as there is no sense of urgency. The tension builds through the small clues that lie buried in the sands of time.

One of the strengths of this series is the fact that Kate is a PI and not a detective. She’s not bogged down by regulations and procedures, she’s able to push the boundaries in an investigation without the fear of being disciplined. A child going missing is every parents worse nightmare, so there’s a lot of raw emotion running through the pages.

Although this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but I promise you, if you want to start from the very beginning, it won’t be a chore. The opening chapter drew me in like a moth to a flame. Coupled with the authors’ well placed twists and turns, I flew through Devils Way. Family secrets, mystery, and suspense make Devils Way a MUST read for all crime lovers. And in case you were wondering YES, my love for this series continues to grow and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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Yay! Kate Marshall is back and she’s not letting go of this cold case that comes to her attention in a shocking and terrifying manner! Child disappearances are among the most unsettling and upsetting crimes especially when there are no clues to what has happened. Parents are committed to a lifetime of not knowing and this can destroy relationships and lives-sometimes drastically as they can’t cope with the thought of living out their days without that knowledge as surely it’s always better to know?!
Kate is always so resilient even with her past (or probably because of it!) and her determination knows no boundaries or limitations. There were several different stands to the investigation that left me wondering how they related to the main event and the storyline very cleverly weaves them together until that shocking final reveal.
A perfect crafted and compelling addition to one of my favourite series featuring one of the most cleverly written female characters in crime fiction. I loved everything about this book!

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Kate and Tristan return in this excellent story, the fourth instalment of a series that has grown in my estimation with every novel.

Kate is having a bad time (of course) after getting caught in a riptide. Her confidence shook, but things brighten up when she manages to get a case just by lying in a hospital bed next to a rather grumpy woman. And in fairness, Jean has good reason to be grumpy. Her grandson Charlie disappeared without a trace eleven years ago, her daughter holding her responsible. She wants Kate to find out what really happened to Charlie. Was he taken? Did he fall into the river known as the Devils Way? Or could something from Jean's own past have endangered the boy?

Many questions, loads of twists, and a lot of enjoyment lie in the pages of this book and the series as a whole. I am thinking of renaming a 5 star review "Doing a Bryndza"!

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Well, okay....guess I have a new series to get into! SWEET! I guess this story is actually Book 4 of the Kate Marshall series. Glad I broke my self-imposed rule of never starting anywhere but Book 1 of a series! This can be a standalone for sure, but it is SO good I wanted to know all about Kate and Tristan so I will definitely be going back. Kate is a PI searching for a cold-case missing child. Great mystery, great characters! Highly recommend!

Thank you to #NetGalley, Robert Bryndza and Raven Street Publishing for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

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Bryndza has become an author I don't want to miss put on. His writing is engaging , engrossing, and highly addicting. When a child goes missing, the plot becomes gloriously twisty and dark. Keeps you guessing until the end.

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Wow wow wow!!! I loved this book and I love Kate! 5 star all the way and I wouldn't expect anything less from this author!

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WOW. I love all the books in this series. I love the characters too, especially Kate, who you feel instantly sorry for. She is vulnerable but strong at the same time, It makes a change to see that a character tackle her demons and vulnerabilities, which you see Kate do. The author tells Kates story very well, which is unusual for a man, and there is just the right amount of personal and background story. This story is about a cold case and is really quite sad, which the author doesnt hold back . I would like to read a pre-quel, of when Kate was still a police officer before 9 Elms, and I feel sad that she was unable to pursue her dream career, I love the other characters aswell and like that there is just enough detail and background on them.

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