I had that wonderful feeling today of finishing something. The something in question being The Night Stalker, the sequel to The Girl In The Ice.

TheNightStalker copy

Over the past few weeks and months, the book has gone through various stages of being finished; the first draft is always a milestone, then there’s the second and third drafts, where the first draft you were so proud of splits at the seams, falls apart, and is then stitched back together. Then there are several rounds of editing and proofing.

It’s an odd feeling to get the book back after a first round of copy edits, covered in someone else’s thoughts and opinions. I often feel rage, and shout things like, How dare she suggest that heat ‘radiates’ off tarmac. I wrote that it ‘resonates’ and I like that! But I’ve been lucky to work with great editors and they are almost always right. Editors really look at your manuscript and ask questions like, Does a toilet flushing really sound like that? Isn’t Uxbridge in West London? No, you don’t take the A23 to get there. My Mother is a dental assistant, and she’s never dropped anything down a patient’s throat. I’m also reminded just how bad my grammar can be. My favourite note from an editor was, “However impressive a penis, it doesn’t need a capital P!

Today I reached another couple of milestones, I saw the final ebook version, and had a meeting with the actor who is about to start recording the audiobook. It now really feeling like it’s finished.


I started writing The Night Stalker at the end of last year, and writing it throughout of the wonderful and amazing things which have happened with The Girl In The Ice has been a bit terrifying. I find writing hard, and writing a book can be a bit of an emotional journey filled with highs, and lows, and I’m always sad and excited to let go of a book. Sad that I no longer get to inhabit the characters, and live through the story with them, and excited that readers finally get to see it!

Sometimes I pinch myself that I am a writer. I pinch myself at the luck I’ve had, and I pinch myself that I have all of you wonderful readers! Thank you!

The Night Stalker will be released in ebook, paperback and audiobook format on Thursday June 2nd. Click here to pre-order your copy;

It is available right now as an advance review ecopy for members of NetGalley to read and review. For more info go to

About Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published. Robert's books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages. In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia. You can find out more about the author at and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here: (Simply cut-and-paste that address into your browser. Your email will never be shared and you will only be contacted when a new book is out.)
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6 Responses to Finished!

  1. Linda McDermott says:

    Hi Robert, I am glad to receive your updates and have pre ordered “The Night Stalker” in paperback…I hope that somewhere along the line,you will use that painting you featured not too long ago…it would make a great cover….keep healthy and keep writing….we need you….!


  2. Maria Gibbs says:

    Oh I am so happy that your new book will soon be out. I can’t wait to read it , seems like forever since I read ‘The Girl in The Ice’. I have just requested it via NetGalley so here’s hoping.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Yay!!!!!!! I’ve preordered!!!!!!!


  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Robert. I’m looking forward to your new book. I’ll be getting it on Kindle ASAP!


  5. Lucy Green says:

    Can’t wait to read it, I pre-ordered it on Kindle as soon as I finished Girl in the ice.
    Please please start on the next one really soon.


  6. Arlene balousek says:

    Dear Robert,don’t ever stop writing.I look forward to ur books.I even having my husband reading them now.He just started reading. ❤️❤️❤️❤️


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