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The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock) Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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"THE DARK LAKE hooked me from page one! Sarah Bailey combines the very best elements in this stunning debut thriller--a troubled detective still trying to find her way as a female investigator, a small town haunted by secrets both past and present, and a beautiful victim whose unsettling allure appears to be her biggest asset and largest downfall. With clever twists and all-too-human characters, this book will keep you racing toward the end."―Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You and Find Her
"THE DARK LAKE is a stunning debut that gripped me from page one and never eased up. Dark, dark, dark--but infused with insight, pathos, a great sense of place, and razor-sharp writing. It's going to be big and Sarah Bailey needs to clear a shelf for awards."―C. J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Vicious Circle and Open Season
"Police work comes easily to Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock, the narrator of Australian author Bailey's stellar first novel...Bailey interweaves her sympathetic protagonist's past and present with uncommon assurance...a page-turner that's both tense and thought provoking."―Publishers Weekly
"The Dark Lake is a mesmerizing thriller full of long buried secrets that sucked me right in and kept me up late turning pages. Gemma Woodstock is a richly flawed and completely authentic character - I loved going on this journey with her and the way the truth of her past was revealed in bits and pieces as we went along. Sarah Bailey has crafted an exquisite debut - I can't wait to see what she does next!"―Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People
"I read THE DARK LAKE in one sitting, it's that good. A crime thriller that seizes you from the first page and slowly draws you into a web of deception and long buried secrets. Beautifully written, compulsively readable, and highly recommended."―Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God and co-author of the bestselling Pendergast series
"A compelling debut."―Booklist
"I raced through this deliciously complicated, mesmerizing debut at warp speed. Sarah Bailey's THE DARK LAKE is sure to keep readers awake far too late into the night."―Karen Dionne, author The Marsh King's Daughter
"Enthralling... Sarah Bailey's debut delivers a multilayered police procedural with strong characters whose emotions both assist and interfere with their work. The Dark Lake also balances an intricate story of a community with an intimate look at police detectives... Bailey uses solid character development and superior storytelling, rather than violence, to fuel The Dark Lake, and she is off to an excellent start in this launch of a series."―Oline Cogdill, Associated Press
"There are echoes of Tana French in the novel... A satisfying mystery novel with a relatable heroine."―Kirkus Reviews
"Australian author Bailey's first novel weaves a tale of deception, family secrets, and flawed but relatable characters... Several smaller mysteries and background characters make this a worthwhile read for fans of fellow detective-focused authors Tana French and Lisa Gardner."―Library Journal
About the Author
Sarah Bailey was born in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived all her life and currently resides with her two young sons. She has a degree in journalism and has a career in advertising. She is currently a partner at creative agency, Mr Smith. The Dark Lake is her first novel.
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Gemma Woodstock seems to have an unhealthy obsession with the victim, a former classmate, and you don't know why. She seems jealous of Rosalind's beauty and sense of mystery which has a kind of magnetism on people which Gemma feels she lacks. As the secrets of this small Australian town are revealed, others who may have wanted Rosalind dead come to light.
While you want to like Gemma, she seems to be self-absorbed. Her love life is in disarray, and she vacillates between love and dislike for the men in her life. All of her present personal drama, and tragedy in the past, can be a bit wearing, unless you like that psychological pendulum: I love him, I hate him, I'm ecstatic, I'm sick to my stomach, I miss him so much it hurts, I never want to see him again.
The author, Sarah Bailey, writes well. This book does not have first book-itis as many debut books have. Bailey has a degree in journalism, and a career in advertising. She's a good storyteller. If I were in Bailey's writing group, and she asked for how the book could be improved, I'd suggest a little less drama, and no more than 350 pages. My sense is you have to have a really compelling and original story to keep a reader's interest over 350 pages, or write so superbly, or both.
If you like psychological mysteries with a detective with a lot of issues, this may be a four or five star read for you. It seemed that the protagonist's personal issues took up 1/2 the book. I prefer that a mystery be primarily plot-driven with the detective's personal life taking up about 1/4 of the story. But you may feel differently, and if you do, you may love this book. 3.5 stars for me.
A police detective in the same small town she grew up in, Gemma is used to sometimes knowing victims of crimes she investigates. However, she is shocked to learn the murder victim in her newest case is Rosalind Ryan, a former classmate of hers. Gemma and her partner Detective Sergeant Felix McKinnon are soon stymied by the lack of evidence at the scene. Equally frustrating is their inability to get a sense of who the victim was prior to her death. Seemingly loved by all who knew her, there is scant information about her life and her relationships. Then there is Gemma’s puzzling personal history with the victim which is slowly revealed as she hunts for Rosalind’s killer.
Gemma is a brilliant detective but her personal life is a mess. She lives with her partner Scott and their young son Ben, but she is definitely not firmly committed to her relationship since she is currently embroiled in a passionate affair. Although Gemma loves her son, she is not overly maternal and she is more dedicated to her job than she is to either Scott or Ben. As the bits and pieces of her somewhat tragic past are revealed, the reasons for her fear of commitment become clear. Gemma is a sympathetic character but it is easy to become impatient with her lack of honesty in both her personal and professional lives.
The investigation into Rosalind’s murder is virtually at a standstill from the start. Despite her family’s wealth, she lived a seemingly quiet life with no friends or romantic entanglements. Most everyone at the high school has nothing but kind things to say about her, but the discovery of possible trouble at her previous job raises some very intriguing questions. An unsubstantiated rumor about Rosalind’s involvement with one of her students is just one of the avenues of inquiry that Gemma and Felix explore as they try to unearth a possible suspect or even a motive for the murder.
The Dark Lake seamlessly weaves back and forth between events from Gemma’s past and the murder investigation in the present. The search for Rosalind’s killer often takes a backseat to Gemma’s unsettled personal life, but these glimpses into Gemma’s past and present are absolutely fascinating. Sarah Bailey does a bang up job of keeping the killer’s identity and motive for the crime carefully underwraps until the novel’s adrenaline laced and action packed conclusion. An outstanding beginning to the Gemma Woodstock series that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
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