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The dark lake / Sarah Bailey.

By: Bailey, Sarah [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Sydney, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 431 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781760295899 (paperback).Subject(s): Policewomen -- Australia -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.Summary: There were a few minutes when I was alone with her in the autopsy room. I felt wild. Absent. Before I could stop myself I was leaning close to her, telling her everything. The words draining out of me as she lay there. Her long damp hair hanging off the back of the steel table. Glassy eyes fixed blindly on the ceiling. She was still so beautiful, even in death. Our secrets circled madly around the bright white room that morning. Rocking back and forth on my heels as I stood next to her, I knew how far in I was again, how comprehensively her death could undo me. I looked at Rosalind Ryan properly for the last time before breathing deeply, readying myself, letting her pull me back into her world, and I sank down, further and further, until I was completely, utterly under. 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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A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.

There were a few minutes when I was alone with her in the autopsy room. I felt wild. Absent. Before I could stop myself I was leaning close to her, telling her everything. The words draining out of me as she lay there. Her long damp hair hanging off the back of the steel table. Glassy eyes fixed blindly on the ceiling. She was still so beautiful, even in death. Our secrets circled madly around the bright white room that morning. Rocking back and forth on my heels as I stood next to her, I knew how far in I was again, how comprehensively her death could undo me. I looked at Rosalind Ryan properly for the last time before breathing deeply, readying myself, letting her pull me back into her world, and I sank down, further and further, until I was completely, utterly under. 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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Library Journal Review

DEBUT When -Rosalind Ryan's body is found floating in a lake surrounded by roses, Det. Gemma Woodstock must face a past she'd hoped would remain buried. The beautiful Rosalind, whom Gemma envied in high school, was a teacher and writer/director of a successful school play, murdered on the production's opening night. The locals believe that to be violated so brutally, strangled, and dumped, she must have been involved in something sinister. It is up to Gemma to untangle the list of suspects, including -Rosalind's strange-acting older brothers, the overly emotional school principal, and maybe even a student with ties to Gemma. The detective insists that the case isn't personal, but threats to her family and secrets surfacing from the past prove otherwise. Australian author Bailey's first novel weaves a tale of deception, family secrets, and flawed but relatable characters. VERDICT While the ultimate plotline is fairly predictable, several smaller mysteries and background characters make this a worthwhile read for fans of fellow detective-focused authors Tana French and Lisa Gardner.-Natalie Browning, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond, VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Police work comes easily to Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock, the narrator of Australian author Bailey's stellar first novel and a rising star in her rural hometown of Smithson. It's the rest of Gemma's life that's problematic, and about to become precarious, with the discovery of Rose Ryan floating, Ophelialike, amid blood-red roses in the lake behind the high school where she taught English and drama. Though it has been a decade since Gemma and Rose graduated from that same institution, weeks after the suicide of Jacob, the boy they both wanted, the case opens the floodgates to secrets Gemma has struggled to repress. But as she and detective partner Felix-with whom she's pursuing an affair that could torpedo both his marriage and her live-in relationship with her son's father-discover, beautiful, brainy Rose had skeletons of her own. Bailey interweaves her sympathetic protagonist's past and present with uncommon assurance-including letting readers in on a crucial revelation Gemma doesn't share-creating a page-turner that's both tense and thought provoking. Agent: Lyn Tranter, Australian Literary Management (Australia). (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

Police detective Gemma Woodstock works to solve the murder of a former classmate in Bailey's debut mystery.When Rosalind Ryan's body is discovered at the edge of a lake surrounded by red roses, detective Gemma Woodstock and her partner, Felix McKinnon, begin investigating the most complex case of their careers. Rosalind and Gemma attended high school together in the small town of Smithson, so Gemma's memories of Rosalind, who was devastatingly beautiful but also aloof and mysterious, color her exploration of the dead woman's more recent past. Everyone claims to have loved and admired Rosalind: the principal of the school where she taught English and drama; the many students whose lives she touched; her wealthy father and her three brothers. But someone is lying. Gemma becomes obsessed by and exhausted from not only the case, but the memories it stirs up of a high school boyfriend's suicide. She has her own secrets and life complexities, after all; she has a child with a man who wants to marry her, but she's having an affair with Felix, who is also married, and to top it all off, Christmas is coming. There are echoes of Tana French in the novel, but Bailey's characters lack the nuance of French's damaged, brilliant detectives, and her writing falls short of French's lyricism. Still, she smoothly incorporates Gemma's past into the novel to flesh out her character, and Rosalind, while ultimately oversimplified, drives much of the novel's sense of mystery. As all the loose ends of Gemma's life are tied up in tandem with solving the mystery, there seems to be little suggestion of a sequel. Which is probably a good thing, as Gemma and Felix aren't quite gripping enough to warrant a second outing. A satisfying mystery novel with a relatable heroine, if not a revelatory one. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.