I love a good mystery / thriller, if you couldn’t tell by the amount that I review here (but I do try to keep a balance!). I can’t put them down, and The Dark Lake was no different. This is the first book by Sarah Bailey, and I thought it was really good, especially for a first book.
Gemma Woodstock is a detective in a small, rural town in Australia. When a runner finds a local high school teacher and former classmate of Gemma’s murdered, Gemma is put on the case. Rosalind Ryan was a beauty, the kind that people couldn’t take their eyes off of. She had a power over people that drew them to her. She was artistic and a little aloof, even in high school. The opening night of the play that she wrote and directed, she was murdered in a local park floating in lake surrounded by roses.
Rosalind was somewhat of a mystery to everyone – she was the daughter of a wealthy businessman, but lived in a small, run down house. She mysteriously moved back home after abruptly leaving a teaching job, she was rarely seen with anyone, and the people she did know didn’t really seem to know her very well at all.
The entire town, including Gemma, are shook up by the murder. And they are desperate to find out what happened to Rosalind. The past that Gemma tries so hard to put behind her suddenly comes crashing into her reality, as Gemma becomes more and more obsessed with the case and Rosalind.
There were definitely some twists and turns in this one. And Gemma is a little bit of an unreliable narrator, because you can tell from the beginning that she isn’t giving you anywhere close to the full story (it is told in 3rd person, but mostly from Gemma’s point of view). I really didn’t trust her 100%.
Have you read The Dark Lake? If so, what did you think? If not, you should definitely check it out if you like this kind of book!