Book Review: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

November 16, 2017 Book review 11 ★★★★½

Heads up to all fans of police procedural thrillers, Sarah Bailey is the new author in town, and she is one to watch!  I saw The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey by Instagram a few times, and it caught my eye with its intruguing tagline “A town of secrets waiting to explode”.  So I snapped it up when I saw it in my library audiobook app.

Book Review: The Dark Lake by Sarah BaileyThe Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
Published by Allen & Unwin on June 1st 2017
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Suspense
Pages: 440
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrator: Kate Hosking
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A detective with secrets of her own hunts the killer of a woman who was the glamorous star of their high school.
Rose was lit by the sun, her beautiful face giving nothing away. Even back then, she was a mystery that I wanted to solve.
The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind's student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.
As much as Rosalind's life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town's richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?
Rosalind's enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.

!@#$ addictive AUDIOBOOK Murder Mystery

My Thoughts on The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

You never know what to expect when you dive into a début novel.  But if you love secrets, small town settings and lots of suspense, then I’d recommend you take a chance on this one.

The Dark Lake had so much going for it:

– murky pasts and tangled secrets
– a complicated lead character
– An Australian setting
– fab writing (I can see comparisons to Tana French being made)
– A damn good mystery to keep you guessing

I listened to the audiobook and I loved that the narrator was Australian, as it really immersed me into the setting.  Kate Hosking was also great at various voices, which made the listening experience really enjoyable.

The bottom line on The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey:

More please Ms Bailey!

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey?

I’d recommend this to you if you enjoy authors such as Tana French, Samantha Hayes or Lucy Dawson.  And also if you enjoy lots of suspense and untangling secrets from the past.


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11 Responses to “Book Review: The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey”

  1. Wattle

    I don’t think I’ve listened to an Aussie audiobook before, I have an aversion to hearing my own accent but it would certainly work for this 🙂 it sounds like a great read Trish, glad you enjoyed it!
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    • trish

      I love an Aussie accent Wattle, but cringe when I hear an Irish one on an audiobook. So maybe we all feel funny hearing our own!

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