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The Dark Lake
The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
142 posts | 82 read | 86 to read
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. The Dark Lake is an addictive crime thriller, a mesmerising account of one woman's descent into deceit and madness, and a stunning debut that is already causing a stir around the world.
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BookBridget
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I loved this book, very twisty.

Set in Australia at Christmas time during a heat wave (their summer is the opposite of countries north of the equator); Gemma is the lead detective in a murder of a beloved local teacher. Gamma also went to High School with the murder victim.

The main character, Henna, was a mess but I still rooted for her.

Loved the ending!

@crazyspine - do you want this book?

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BookBridget
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Finally starting the #BOTM book. It's from October 2017, I'm somewhat behind on my reading. Looks like a good one!

Lovesbooks87 I enjoyed this one! 2mo
crazyspine Let me borrow, please 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#LetsTravelAugust #lakeside
Homicide investigator Detective Gemma Woodstock investigates the death of an old classmate, who was found floating in the lake. Woodstock spent time #lakeside.

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💙 3mo
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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

Not a great mystery, but not bad. Entertaining and I liked the timeline.

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GypsyKat
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I‘m stealing an hour out at our local B&N. I came here to pick up a new release, but I‘m sitting in the cafe with a pink drink and an oatmeal raisin cookie, and I‘m going to see if these bargain books seem good enough to buy.

Stephuhhnieee Had myself a pink drink today, too! 🙌 6mo
Librariana Sounds like a fabulous plan! I've taken myself out for a quick sushi lunch, bullet journaling, and reading 😁 6mo
BlameJennyJane Having a Keto Pink Drink now! Cheers! (edited) 6mo
Esmerelda1rm The Charlaine Harris one is definitely worth the bargain price! 6mo
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

A quick but frankly, unmemorable read.

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NikkiKey94
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Pickpick

This was a great mystery novel from Sarah Bailey! I loved the characters and the setting. I can‘t wait to read the second book in the series, because this one was so good!

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Joanne1
The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
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This was an engaging fast paced murder mystery set in rural Australia. It wasn‘t anything ground breaking and I picked the killer about 3/4 if the way through but it was well written and narrated and kept me entertained through some very early morning drives. #ozfiction

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Joanne1
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My latest audiobook and the perfect driving companion. It‘s a compelling Australian crime novel and certainly holding my full attention. #ozfiction

CarolynM I just got a copy of this for reading over the summer. Good to know you're enjoying it🙂 12mo
Joanne1 Perfect summer reading @CarolynM 12mo
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Librarybelle
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Not heard too much about this #thriller , but I picked it up awhile ago from Book of the Month and hope to read it this year. #OctoberXFiles

Cinfhen My mom read it and said it was ok, more atmospheric than thrilling #MomReview 🙌🏻👻 13mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen Maybe I should ask my mom to read it...she likes thrillers and can give me another review on it! Sometimes #MomReview is the best! 13mo
Cinfhen Ha!! Go for it!! I‘d love to hear what your mom thinks 13mo
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kspenmoll
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#HumpDay🐫 #HumoDayPost
1)12th recent photo was from last night‘s Men‘s Soccer game USA V Peru. The pic includes my son ( bushy hair in front of man in # 14 shirt),cheering with a friend to his right. #AmericanOutlaws
2) tagged book,The Dark Lake
3) son‘s birthday dinner Saturday night🎂🎉🎈
4) red bed quilt
5) theme song is cartoon posted in collage.”Raindrops on roses and stepping on faces...cat version 😻😹

LeahBergen That song! 😂😂 13mo
Zelma How many people sang the song in the cartoon rather than just reading it? 👋 13mo
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Bklover
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Pickpick

I found this book 70% intriguing and 30% annoying. There were scenes thrown in that hinted at the reader, but that the MC never discovers, which I found frustrating. I‘m tired beyond words of reading about women main characters who drink too much. On the other hand, the mystery was interesting to me and kept me reading, although it took me quite a while to get through it. I‘ll definitely check out the next book in this series. 3 1/2 stars.

Bklover PS. I‘ve been is somewhat of a slump so the fact that I made it through it earned it the 70%. 14mo
MrsMalaprop Read this a while ago. My friend‘s sister knows the author. It was a ‘so so‘ for me. Glad you managed to get through it & hope you come out of that reading slump soon 😊. 14mo
Trashcanman 🤗🤯😉🤗 14mo
Trashcanman "Will there be another race
To come along and take over for us?
Maybe martians could do
Better than we've done
We'll make great pets!"
14mo
Bklover @Trashcanman Pets would be better than free labor. 14mo
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Leanne.loves.books
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As soon as I started reading this book I was gripped. It automatically drew me in to find out what whispered to the deceased woman and why the detective was hiding how close they were. As the story progresses it doesn‘t give too much away at once. The main character is not portrayed as some damaged woman, but as a woman with a past and issues going on in her personal life without it taking over the story. I enjoyed this all the way through.

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books.are.my.best
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My favourite read of 2017 was The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey, and now I've won a signed copy of it and her new book Into the Night, beyond excited to read more about Detective Gemma Woodhouse

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Julsmarshall
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Ok Littens, which one? #botm #helpmechoose

Jess7 I‘ve heard really good things about 1y
mrozzz I really liked Dark Lake! 1y
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awishman
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Mehso-so

This book took me forever to read, I think because I kept waiting for it to hook me, and it never really did. I guessed right about whodunit and wasn't really captivated by the main character's personal mystery. #BOTM

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RebelReader
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I figured this one out pretty quickly, but that didn‘t stop me from turning the pages to see if I was right. There was a few minor twists I didn‘t see coming so all in all I enjoyed it and the short chapters really kept the story hopping.

JennyM She has a new one coming out very shortly. 1y
RebelReader @JennyM I‘ll have to keep an eye out for it. 😍 1y
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LeslieO
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LeslieO
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Finished this one pretty fast, not only cuz it was a page turner but also cuz high winds took out my TV and internet for a day and a half.

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Sophoclessweetheart
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4/5 star for this page turner. It was darkly charming and melancholy. It invoked Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Where the Wild roses grow” vibes throughout and I absolutely adored it. I‘ve been feeling really down and out with my usual thriller guilty pleasure reads lately but this one was just perfect! #crime #thriller #debut #sarahbailey #arc #booklover #bookblogger #darkcharm #bibliophile

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TheLibrarian
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#ebook deal today. This was a previous #BOTM selection.

Jess7 Wow! It‘s worth more than .99 cents! 🤗 nice deal! 2y
2BR02B I love picking up BOTMs for even cheaper than 9.99. Thanks for the share! 2y
TheLibrarian @2BR02B You‘re welcome!! @Jess7 Have you read it yet? 2y
Jess7 No, I‘ve heard it‘s gotten mixed reviews but surely it‘s worth more 99 cents. That‘s kinda crazy! 2y
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Minimalgrl
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Just waiting to be done with work time and move on to reading time!!!

ladym30 Lovely kitty! 2y
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AVChrista
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Excited to read this story as it sounds exactly like what I need - a suspenseful murder-mystery!

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Minimalgrl
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1. Washington
2. Mystery,thriller,horror, historical fiction
3. The Dark Lake
4. Pasta 🍝, chocolate, shepherds pie
5. Two cats ... Harper and Atticus 🤓
6. Do you stick to the genres you love ... or venture out to find new reads?

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Minimalgrl
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Sunday afternoon... snow flurries outside and reading to be done !!!

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BOTM.BookSwap
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Another awesome Litten with a great stack of #botm picks up for trade! If you're interested, hit up @EsquireGirl in the comments.

#BOTMBookSwap

BOTM.BookSwap @EsquireGirl are you trading Sleeping Beauties without the dust cover? 2y
EsquireGirl @BOTM.BookSwap yes, read it in Hawaii and seem to have lost the cover 😕 2y
Karkar @EsquireGirl do you have some titles you are looking for? I have bunch... 2y
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EsquireGirl @Karkar the wife between us, beasts of extraordinary circumstance, little fires everywhere, sing unburied sing, the hearts invisible furies, you will know me, the trespasser 2y
Sweettartlaura @EsquireGirl The Tana French Trespasser? If so, you can borrow mine 2y
Sweettartlaura @EsquireGirl I‘ll put it aside. Have you read the others? 2y
EsquireGirl @Sweettartlaura I have not. Which one should I start with? 2y
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DeborahSmall
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#Bookmail from #ReadersFirst, think this is the last of it, for today ❤️📚

LeahBergen You‘ve had quite the mail day! 😮😮 2y
TrishB Great book mail today ❤️ 2y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen @TrishB yep it was a mountain and typical that Stephen was home as it‘s midterm here this week! 🙈😂 2y
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Drnkpnkprincess
The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
Mehso-so

I wasn‘t as impressed with this book as I was hoping to be... while I “figured” out who the culprit was roughly 3/4 of the way through I enjoyed the climactic reveal. Woodstock was self absorbed and I couldn‘t like her, but I am interested to see if her character develops in later books (if any will be written). Overall 3 ⭐️ #litsyatoz #Litsybingo #RHC #LITSYBINGO #popsugarchallenge #placeiveneverbeen #griefordeath

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AngelErin
The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
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Well this is my first DNF of 2018. I just can‘t finish it. I‘m bored out of my mind with it and I literally don‘t care who killed her. DNF at about 20-25%.

MrsMalaprop I hear ya! 2y
AngelErin @MrsMalaprop I couldn‘t do it! I figure why suffer though. 😬 I have too many other books to read! 2y
MrsMalaprop I read it for Book Club last year. My friend chose it because her sister had worked with the author. Hence I read the whole book, but I was like, ‘there‘s too many good books waiting for me out there 😩‘. I wanted to like it, debut Aussie fiction & all, but just no. 2y
AngelErin @MrsMalaprop I get that! I really wanted to like this one, but it was just dragging way too much for me to get into it. 😢 2y
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everfree7
The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
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I did guess who the culprit at a certain point but I still enjoyed the ride.

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everfree7
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Diving in

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Hooked_on_books
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Ostensibly a mystery, much of this book focuses on character development of the unlikeable and flawed main character, which I frankly really enjoyed. The narrative is complex and moves backward and forward in time. The relationships depicted feel real and sometimes painful. There are some clunky spots that don‘t quite fit, but I would love to see this character again.

Cinfhen Nice review! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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I‘m loving the bingo card idea for tackling the TBR piles, so I‘ve made one to work through my unread #botm titles. I have this on the wall next to my botm bookcase. I‘m very much a mood reader, so I‘m not going to set a goal for when I want this completed. Feel free to join in!

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Nonaroo
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Mehso-so

I finished this last night. Mehhhh. It started slow for me and then it picked up the pace. Gemma really started to bug me. It‘s a fun page turner but I didn‘t love it. When it got near the end I felt very “Are we there yet?”

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TheLibrarian
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#ebookdeal on a previous BOTM pick!

Jennick2004 This was a good one! 2y
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jessberk13
The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
Pickpick

Might be my last read until 2018! What a crazy year 2017 turned out to be...

This hovers between pick and so so for me. While it was good, I felt like some bits were just unnecessary. I'm coming to realize I don't enjoy characters who are sloppy and blame others for their shortcomings - that makes me dislike a book. However, the overall plot was interesting. Possibly would make a good movie?

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Violetsunrise84
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‪Sarah Bailey did an awesome job writing The Dark Lake. How did I miss the clues. The killer was someone that I least suspected. It took me a while to read the book because I was busy not because the book was boring. #SarahBailey #thedarklake

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Violetsunrise84
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So, Mr. Nicholson was Rosalind‘s Father. Gemma and Felix‘s affair had gone sour. They were caught by his daughter leaving what I think was a hotel. Scott also caught them but all they were doing was hugging. Now I learned that Gemma is the reason why Jacob killed himself. Wow!!!

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Violetsunrise84
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I‘m up to page 244. So far I don‘t know who killed Rosalind, but I do know that Gemma and alcohol don‘t mix.

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AngelErin
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✨I‘ve been very into #mystery #thriller novels the past couple of years and I can‘t wait to read #thedarklake by #sarahbailey ! It‘s on my #tbr for next January. What are some awesome mystery/thrillers you‘ve read this year? I‘m always on the hunt for a really good one!✨

Lindy Have you read Louise Penny‘s series set in Quebec? The most recent is 2y
AngelErin @Lindy No, I haven‘t. I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks 😀❤️ 2y
AngelErin @Lindy Awesome! I added it to my to read list. 😊 2y
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readtheworld
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Really enjoyed this mystery novel set in small-town Australia. When the body of a beloved high school teacher is found in the local lake, detective Gemma Woodstock must balance her desire to catch the killer with her urge to keep her own secrets hidden — including her haunting ties to the murdered woman. Bailey writes complex, often unlikeable characters and constructs a slow-burning but suspenseful plot.

#mystery #detectivenovel #aussielit

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Violetsunrise84
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Something is really fishy about Rosalind‘s brothers, Father and that principal.

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Reecaspieces
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Panpan

🍭🍭. This book was not for me. Full review https://reecaspieces.com/2017/12/04/the-dark-lake-by-sarah-bailey/

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Violetsunrise84
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My new buddy. His name is Happy! #nonbookishthings #stuffedanimals #unicorn #happy!

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readtheworld
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Really enjoying The Dark Lake so far. It was my October #BOTM pick but I didn‘t start it until December... whoops!

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Reecaspieces
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#socksunday #sundayfunday #noworktoday #amreading. Can‘t read all day if don‘t start in the morning. #daughterssocks #schnauzer #pug #dogsoflitsy

Karkar Love the socks 🧦 😍 2y
Reecaspieces @Karkar thank you!!! 2y
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readtheworld
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That feeling when someone is watching you read

😳😳😳

batsy 😍 2y
Cortg 😂 so cute! 2y
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Violetsunrise84
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I‘m 16 pages in. This book is pretty good. #sjkincaid #darklake