Shadow Sands is the second and most recent novel in the Kate Marshall detective series by Robert Bryndza. A few years ago, I loved his Detective Erika Foster series and absolutely binged on them. If you’re looking for a page turner, you can’t beat Robert Bryndza. I loved Shadow Sands and read it in just three days.
Kate, a university lecturer and former police officer, is diving in the Shadow Sands reservoir with her teenage son when she finds the body of a young man. It is quickly labelled as a tragic accident, but the boy was a very strong swimmer and his mum is convinced something isn’t right. So Kate and her assistant, Tristan, set out to investigate.
Meanwhile, a university colleague is doing a project on urban myths and starts looking into local stories about people who disappear in the fog.
It soon becomes clear that the boy in the reservoir is just the latest in a long line of murders over many years. When a young woman is abducted, Kate and Tristan know they have only days to track her down and stop her from becoming the latest body in the reservoir. But with unreliable witnesses and without the police on their side, is it already too late?
I enjoyed the first book in the series – Nine Elms – but I enjoyed Shadow Sands a lot more. Is it necessary to read Nine Elms first? Nine Elms give some useful back story around Kate and her son, so it does make sense to read it first.
If you enjoy a fast-paced thriller, I would definitely recommend Shadow Sands.
The third Kate Marshall novel will be out in December and I’m already looking forward to reading it.