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Nine Elms: A Kate Marshall Thriller Kindle Edition
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
“A heart-pounding series launch.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nine Elms is a taut thriller that sweeps up the reader into the world of Kate Marshall. Kate is a thoroughly realized character with troubles and virtues who will have you rooting for her through to the nail-biting end.” —Authorlink
“A taunt thriller that will keep readers guessing, this is a powerful start to a new series.” —The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“While there are shades of The Silence of the Lambs in Nine Elms, due to a connection between an imprisoned monster and an investigator, Robert Bryndza has created wholly original characters and a story that is the very definition of a ‘page-turner’ and ‘unputdownable’!” —The Nerd Daily
“With Nine Elms, Bryndza proves that he’s got another blockbuster saga on his hands. Kate Marshall is a bona fide superstar—an appealing mix of strength and vulnerability who shows that the damage of our past doesn’t need to define us or defeat us but that it can spark our determination to be smarter, stronger, and singularly successful. That’s a hero, and a notion, worth rooting for.” —Criminal Element
“Robert Bryndza’s characters are so vividly drawn—even the slightest character—and fully human and uniquely imperfect. His plots are clever and original and cool and his sense of timing is excruciatingly flawless. Nine Elms is Robert Bryndza spreading his already formidable wings to thrilling effect.” —Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors
“So chilling, with truly terrifying characters and a hard-hitting storyline that is gripping from start to finish. I will wait with bated breath for the next Kate Marshall thriller.” —Rachel Abbott, Amazon Charts bestselling author
“Bryndza is my type of author and Nine Elms is my type of book. Twisty, dark, and layered with a protagonist you root for from page one, this is a superb start to what promises to be another stand out series.” —M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
From the Publisher
Kate Marshall was a young police detective when she solved the case of the Nine Elms serial killer—almost becoming a victim herself. While her injuries were not fatal, her PTSD is still an issue fifteen years later. And when a copycat serial killer makes himself known, Kate’s efforts for recovery are snuffed out. Her connection to the Nine Elms murderer will draw her right back into the fray.
As an editor, it’s thrilling to introduce a new series by an author of Robert Bryndza’s caliber. He has created a wholly original heroine in Kate Marshall. Damaged, brilliant, and impulsive, she draws readers in with her gutsy instincts…and her twisted road to redemption.
- Liz Pearsons, Editor
- ASIN : B07PJKBZDH
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (December 1, 2019)
- Publication date : December 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5751 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 392 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,136 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The victims' wounds are described in minute detail over and over, we aren't spared once by something like " the wounds were identical to the last three victims . " No, over and over we read the in depth description "the bite marks on the back were so deep, the spine was exposed" - although we got the picture after the second time at the latest. With the last victim we even got the first person account of the incredible pain when he bites through to her - yes - spine, until she blacks out and dies. Also - we are not just getting a deep first person insight into the mind of one, but THREE absolute deranged and despicable human beings,who work together and devise a plan so far fetched (and brutal), it all becomes too unbelievable.
And there is no reprieve, no lighthearted moment to give you a breather, it's dark and depressing and extremely gory nonstop, it got to the point where I started (halfway through the story) to skip pages and just skim through, to get to the end, to find out how/if the story ended.
The character development of the protagonists was lacking (since all the focus was on the sociopaths.) Granted, we learned a lot about Kate, 90% of which was depressing, but we learned next to nothing about her assistant Tristan who was the only light at the end of the tunnel but his character was almost an afterthought. Part 2 of this series has a release date already, so one would expect two strong characters that we care about, if we are supposed to be interested in their future adventures. We know so little about Tristan, I'm not even sure if he'll be back in book 2.
And - if Kate's comment about her son and a possible "bonding moment" (I'll leave it at that to avoid spoilers) is any kind of foreshadowing to what awaits us in book 2, I know 100% for sure I will pass on it, although I was 99% sure that I won't want to read another Kate Marshall story halfway through this one.
Disappointing - this could have been a great and suspenseful story if it wasn't so dark and ultimately unbelievable.
This book is poorly edited, sentence structure and word choice definitely impacted my enjoyment. I would have kept reading regardless because this had an interesting plot then the serial killer, Peter, starting masturbating to his mother. A major yikes from me, and I am grateful I did not pay for this book. I won’t be finishing it because of the graphic incest scenes.
It is now fifteen years later, and Kate is a lecturer in Criminology at a small college in south west England. She has found her place, and she has a new research assistant Tristan Harper, which makes her life much easier. The storyline unfolds now between Kate, Peter Conway and his mother, Enid. Peter is in a high security Mental Institution after he attacked someone in prison. His mother, Enid, visits him every couple of weeks. They exchange written communication in an outrageous manner. Both of these people are severely mentally unstable. A new round of killings that are the exact copycat to the Nine Elms killings have begin. How this unfolds and what this means to everyone covers the rest of the story.
This novel is an interesting dichotomy. Detective Kate has many problems, too many for one person, it seems. Some of the storyline is predictable, but then it surprised me with its twists. There are several people with mentally impaired issues, and that also seems like too much. However, the story falls into line, and though at times it is too much to bear, it fits in neatly. This book is best for those who like unpredictable storylines that have a base in reality. A sometimes naive young woman who grew wiser, but how does she endure? The ending gives us several clues what book number two will entail.
Recommended. prisrob 11-01-19
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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.
This is the first in his new series of crime thrillers featuring Kate Marshall, a former Metropolitan police detective, who in 1995 captured the notorious Nine Elms Cannibal serial killer. However, the case essentially destroyed her career and fifteen years later she resides on the south coast and teaches Criminology at a local university. Now the parents of a missing girl from the early 90s has reached out to Kate as they believe that she was an early victim of the Nine Elms killer plus a copycat appears to have taken up his mantle. Thus, Kate is drawn back into the nightmare.
There is no doubt that this is a page-turner and I stayed up far too late in order to reach the shattering conclusion. It is very dark with some gruesome details. Despite this I found that some aspects of the plot strained credibility.
These included the way in which Kate and her teaching assistant, Tristan, were continually waltzing into official crime scenes. They also set themselves up as private investigators though aren’t those meant to be licensed? Then there was the way in which the Nine Elms killer was treated while incarcerated. I am fairly certain that inmates in a psychiatric hospital housing the criminally insane would be medicated up to the eyeballs and beyond.
Also, for some reason he has set the main events in 2010 and yet the level of technology such as the ease of downloading and using apps, smartphone features, and the popularly of Facebook all seem more in keeping with a more contemporary setting. I know it’s only a nine year gap but this kind of technology has changed a lot in those years.
A small point was when 21-year old Tristan brags that he had joined Facebook at age 16 (circa 2005), which isn’t possible given the timeline of the development of the social media site. Yes, I know this kind of thing is very much a personal quibble but I find anachronisms distract me from the story and improbable bits mess with the tension. Kate’s back story also didn’t quite add up for me. I want to avoid spoilers but this is an aspect of daily life that young women are very sensitive to.
So yes an addictive story even with some bonkers bits. It’s still a three-star read for me and I will certainly look out for the sequel due out later this year as well as get round to reading his Erika Foster as I have heard so much praise for it.
After such a brilliant and pulse racing opener, my expectations were high and I have to be honest, every single one of them was met. This is a case which borders on the taboo, the nature of the crimes very difficult to digest (no pun intended here as you will come to understand when you read), but never portrayed in a way that will alienate or offend readers. The story is clearly divided into the then and now: the case which ended Kate's career, and the one which is about to open up a whole new world of possibility.
When we meet her again, Kate is no longer a Detective but a college lecturer, providing the kind of insight her Criminology students appear to crave. She has moved from London live by the sea, and has tried desperately to put her past behind her, even though she has been left with a permanent reminder of her past, and not just bodily and mental scars. When a murder occurs near to her home, she is shocked by the startling similarities between the victim and those of the Nine Elms cannibal, but he is still safe behind bars and cannot possibly be responsible.So just who is the copycat, and how far are they willing to go?
Kate is a brilliant character. She is damaged by her past, but full of resolve and the kind of mental fortitude that the author instills so perfectly into his female characters. She has every reason to be fearful of what is happening around her, and to walk away, especially when the police don't initially believe her claims of a copycat, but she won't. She is strong in her own way, and very intelligent. Supported by her teaching assistant, Tristan, they made a formidable team and one I am looking forward to seeing develop.
The story picks up in pace as it moves towards its conclusion. The shocks keep on coming and the clues, and tension slowly build. We are faced with some very dark, and very skin crawling bad guys, and the threat oozes from each page, particularly when faced with the original killer. And then that ending ... Wow. Just when you think things can't get any more tense and that Robert bryndza can't push things any further, he does, and in dramatic and truly effective style. I
really enjoyed the fact that the author has chosen to take us away from the regular police procedural, giving us a character who is flawed but likeable, with all the skills of a police detective but none of the procedures to hold her back. The story keeps you guessing to the end, the parallels between the current murders and the case that ended Kate's career carefully drawn, holding back just enough info to keep us all in suspense. A brilliant start to the series and I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes us all next.
What a great plot. Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away, and I sat outside in the sun and just indulged myself.
I like the fact that it isn’t actually a police procedural, rather more of a private investigation from characters who just couldn’t let it lie. Kate Marshall is now lecturing in Criminology at a University on the South Coast. She has an assistant, Tristan Harper. I like Tristan, early 20’s, tall, cropped hair, tattoos. I had a good visualisation of him. They made a good team. Forensic pathologist, Alan Hexham, was a guest lecturer at the University and provided valuable information to Kate. Since her days in the force are behind her she’s tried live a peaceful life. But, when a body is found, Alan Hexham contacts Kate due to the injuries he finds in the autopsy. They are just like a previous case. When another body is found Kate feels like a copycat killer is at large as the similarity to her last case is alarming. She just can’t help getting involved.
Kate receives a message from the parents of Caitlyn Murray about their daughter who went missing in the 90’s and she feels something isn’t quite right so offers to look into it.
A brilliant story, gripping and thrilling. Quite seedy subjects too. Unexpected twists and turns made for an unputdownable book. Really gruesome in parts, it made me cringe. But I just couldn’t stop reading, it’s packed with action. I feel like it’s something you’d see in the news, one of those horrible things that shocks the nation.
There was a horrible description of a waxy-faced redhead who, bizarrely, I felt I’d seen in my dreams/nightmares.
Towards the end I felt I could see the direction I thought it would take starting to unfold, I was panicking big-time!!
If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?!
I’ve recommended Robert Bryndza’s books to people all over the world and everyone loves them. #superstar