Firstly, a big thank you to Anne Cater for arranging another spectacular Blog Tour and inviting me on it. Thank you also to Corvus Books for sending me a copy of ‘The Dark Lake’ so that I could get reading and reviewing… something I simply love to do.
‘A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets waiting to explode…’
Sarah Bailey uses emotive language and descriptions to savour and suck you into the centre of this hauntingly addictive read. Batten down the hatches on this one as you’re in for one hell of a ride!
A unique set of characters have been created who all differ in their qualities and flaws. They work well together to produce a gripping storyline full of mystery, lust and the need to find out what exactly happened to such a beautiful young teacher, who has been found dead in a lake surrounded by red roses.
Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is desperate to be assigned to the case despite having an obvious conflict of interest. She knew the murdered teacher in their high school years and as the investigation moves along, there is quite clearly something more sinister that is threatening to be exposed.
I wouldn’t class this as a fast-paced read, but one with hidden depths that lure you in to try and spot what you believe are telltale signs of what has gone on in this small town. Could the past be coming to the surface and how will this affect DS Woodstock as a result?!
DS Gemma Woodstock isn’t the most favourable of characters, but she is certainly not your typical female protagonist though which is a bonus. She is rather self-destructive, not content in her home life, but she is good at her job… let’s just hope that her issues don’t affect her work.
I loved the whole aspect of the story being based in a small town. Everyone knows each others business (or so they think!), friendships and relationships interlink, and you feel closer to them as a reader. It has certainly lent itself to the fact that with the use of the lake as well, it has made the book atmospheric and creepy.
As for the ending… I did not see it coming. ‘The Dark Lake’ isn’t an easy-guess whodunnit, there are layers to it which leads to a more excitable, detailed read sending you on a bit of a wild goose chase as to where you think it is going.
‘The Dark Lake’ is available to buy from all good retailers now, and I am telling you all now to add it to your Easter reading list.
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About the Author:
Sarah’s first novel, The Dark Lake, was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in May 2017 and in the USA and Canada in October.
Sarah lives in Melbourne, Australia and has two young sons.
She has fifteen years experience in the advertising industry and is currently a director at creative projects company Mr Smith.
Sarah’s second book, Into The Night, featuring Detective Gemma Woodstock, will be published in 2018.
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Mar. 2018)