The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

“A hot summer.

A shocking murder.

A town of secrets, waiting to explode.”

An easy read the story is less about the murder itself and focuses a lot on Detective Gemma Woodstock. She’s a bit of a mystery too and as we work to solve the murder of Rosalind Ryan we begin to figure Gemma out too. Overwhelmed with endless grief, racked with a guilt she’s been holding onto for years and consumed with a new guilt, a new secret that threatens to overcome. Shes a bit of a train wreck to be honest, it’s almost like she purposely puts herself in situations that will get her and those around her hurt but it’s as if she can’t see what she’s doing and what she stands to lose. It’s as if she feels like she doesn’t deserve it until its nearly all too late. Will she solve the murder? Will she save her family? Will she ever get over herself..

“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…”

I must admit there where two mysteries that I figured out early on, one to do with the victims parentage and the other being her actual killer.. totally called it. I still enjoyed the read though and got to give myself a high-five for getting it right.

If you’re looking for an easy read, good detective story with a female lead and no gore all mystery then I think you will enjoy this.

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey will be published on the 1st of March 2018 available in paperback and e-book.

(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)

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