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The Dark Lake

by Sarah Bailey

Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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March 2018 Debut of the Month

Told over a period of three weeks, with forays into the past, this thrilling debut gathers tension into a knotted tangled ball, before hurling it sky high. Set in Australia, a teacher is found murdered in the town lake with roses scattered in the water above her. Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock ignores connections to the past in order to pursue the case, yet years old secrets start to push forward and batter at her mind. Sarah Bailey allows Gemma her own voice, she speaks with a simple intensity, her words have a gritty almost dispassionate feel, yet passion is clearly simmering in the background, edging ever closer to the forefront. Other characters are occasionally allowed voice, giving further insight into Gemma. As information is slowly revealed, and the policing team struggle to place all the pieces, I felt the links closing in. The Dark Lake simmers with tension, infatuation, secrets, and lies, ensuring an absorbing, provocative read ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Dark Lake Synopsis

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode...

A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before.

But that's not all Gemma's trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim's past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths...

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The Dark Lake Press Reviews

Hooked me from page one! [A] stunning debut thriller... With clever twists and all-too-human characters, this book will keep you racing toward the end. Lisa Gardner

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

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

Superior storytelling... excellent. Daily Mail


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ISBN: 9781786493545
Publication date: 01/03/2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786493545
Publication date: 1st March 2018
Author: Sarah Bailey
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery,

About Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne based writer with a background in advertising and communications. She has two young children and currently works as a director of creative projects company Mr Smith. Over the past five years she has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces. The Dark Lake is her first novel.

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