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Shadow Sands

by Robert Bryndza

Part of the Kate Marshall Series

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Shadow Sands

A suspense-filled, compulsively readable, energy-rush of a ride, and a book that I read in one sitting. Events take a decidedly dark turn when Kate Marshall is asked to investigate a death, and she and research assistant Tristan end up in a race to save the intended victim of a killer. This is the second in the Kate Marshall novels and if you are already a signed up fan, then Shadow Sands continues the series in wonderfully dramatic style. I do actually feel as though you could read this as a standalone novel (always the sign of a good writer), but to fully enjoy the storyline I recommend that you begin with the stonkingly good Nine Elms. Set two years after the last book, Robert Bryndza invites us further into the lives of Kate and Tristan and sets up one heck of a scary scenario, along with multiple suspects. He excels in creating a biting tension, and I found myself in that exquisite position of wanting to race ahead yet savour the story. Penetrating and chilling, Shadow Sands is thoroughly recommended if you like to be kept right on the very edge of your seat.

Liz Robinson

Shadow Sands Synopsis

The internationally bestselling author of Nine Elms and The Girl in the Ice Robert Bryndza is back with a nail-biting new Kate Marshall case, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.

When Kate Marshall finds the bloated body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident.

But the details don't add up: why was the victim there, in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown?

Kate is certain there is more to this case than meets the eye. As she and her research assistant Tristan Harper dig deeper, they discover a bloody trail that points towards an active serial killer hiding in plain sight. People have been silently disappearing for years, and when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.

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Shadow Sands Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Great story, fast paced, and satisfying ending. Everything a crime thriller should be. Definitely a recommended read. Full review

Lynne Packer

A superior sequel to Nine Elms with a gripping plot, a rapid pace and superb character development. Full review

Rachel Hall

A crime thriller that’s a real page turner. Full review

Annie Day

Ex-police officer Kate Marshall finds the body of a dead boy in the Shadow Sands reservoir. The boy's mother asks Kate to look into the death. The more she looks, the more things don't add up... Full review

Helen Lowry

A brilliant writer getting better with each book, Robert has set the fast-forward button for his character, Kate Marshall, to be a notable PI up there with the best. Full review

Pamela Smyth

A must read for thriller fans! Full review

alfred nobile

I really do like this series - the easy to follow storyline, relatable characters and the pure escapism in the plot. There is also some witty dialogue, edge of the seat tension, quite graphic and chilling moments and a rather entertaining nod to the Hannibal Lecter jail scene in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Full review

Miriam Smith

This was my first book by Robert Bryndza but I enjoyed it so much that it definitely won’t be the last. I’m planning to listen to the audiobook to the first book Nine Elms soon hopefully, and can’t wait to see what the third book has to offer. Definitely recommend!!! Full review


Gripping, atmospheric and thoroughly enjoyable, the second book in the Kate Marshall book will leave you wanting more. Full review

Susan Wallace

An exciting page-turner from Robert Bryndza. How many people have been abducted and murdered near the Shadow Sands reservoir? Will Kate Marshall discover the perpetrator before it's too late? Full review

Angela Thomas

Shadow Sands Press Reviews

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 on NINE ELMS

A narrative that is never less than throat-grabbing . . . Robert Bryndza knows how to keep the pages - and your stomach - turning

- The Times on NINE ELMS

It is impossible not to root for the feisty, flawed Kate, who has to battle her old nemesis to save her reputation - Daily Mail on NINE ELMS

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 on NINE ELMS

Fast-paced, full of well fleshed-out characters, this is a solid series debut and we look forward to seeing more of Kate Marshall - Crime Time on NINE ELMS

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780751572742
Publication date: 03/11/2020
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751572742
Publication date: 3rd November 2020
Author: Robert Bryndza
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side.,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erika Foster series. Robert's books have sold over 3 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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