The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey


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.


Gemma is a detective on the murder case of an old high school acquaintance. This leads her down the trail of her past.

This book just did not do it for me. The story is just ok. It’s a little long and round about. To be honest, I started skimming toward the end. Lots of junk in this book. For instance, there are several chapters on whether Gemma knew the victim more than she should. She is from a rural town…of course she knew the victim. Also, whether Gemma is going to have another baby. Who cares…related to the murder..NO!

To say I disliked Gemma is an understatement. She is very selfish, secretive and she is having a affair with her partner. It is very difficult to enjoy a book when the lead character is as unappealing as Gemma. I don’t think I found anything about her to like.

I will be honest, I thought this book would never end. I hate to write bad reviews. I do not want to damage the author’s hard work based on my opinion and it is just MY OPINION.

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 4 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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