The Dark Lake

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Sarah Bailey with The Dark Lake.

by Sarah Bailey

Quick take

The murdered woman was beloved by all '“ but no, as it turns out, she was not so well-liked, and why is that?

Why I love it

Meet Gemma Woodstock, sturdy rural Australian police investigator with a life of determined stability and routine: work, child, partner, lover. But secrets from Gem’s past threaten her carefully constructed life when she is called in to investigate the death of a young woman she knew in high school.

The murdered woman is a teacher beloved by all '“ but no, as it turns out, she was not so well-like...


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.


Member thoughts

34% Love
57% Like
7% Dislike
  • Ray A.

    Southbury, CT

    "Very well done. Interesting characters and a very suspenseful mystery. Just when you thought you had it figured out...."

  • Lauren M.

    Ionia, MI

    "I liked how much depth the characters had. It felt like a study of their lives. You want to know more about Rose; she is captivating! The truth in the end is not what you'd expect..."

  • Rachel Y.

    San Francisco, CA

    "Page turner. Love books that juxtapose the past with the present. Would recommend to anyone looking for a book to read by the fire on a rainy day. "

  • Allison K.

    Weymouth, MA

    "Really enjoyed the book and it was a reasonably paced read."

  • Robyn H.

    Lake Bluff, IL

    "Love the huge twist at the end."

  • Alison W.

    Pittsburg, KS

    "Loved this mystery. Solid police procedural with a great plot, red herrings galore, and a good-old-fashioned murder mystery with plenty of baggage for the head detective. "

  • Mary P.

    Rougemont, NC

    "Great characters"

  • Stacey B.

    Jacksonville, NC

    "Page turner! Loved that there was a connection between the detective and victim. Interestaking take on an old tale. "

  • Erin H.

    Liberty lake, WA

    "Loved the character development in this book and it was hard to figure out the end there were so many possible scenarios. "

  • Alyssa T.

    Wolcott , CT

    "This book is masterful in the art of misdirection. Once you get going if you follow the clues you can figure it out but this read makes you second guess all the characters. I enjoyed this one. "

  • Emely J.

    Paterson, NJ

    "Page turner! I had to know "who done it." Very surprised at the end. Would definitely recommend. "