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Book Reviews: Mystery

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 |

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey


Mystery > Detective

The writing of this mystery/detective story is excellent, but in some ways I think it’s a better women’s fiction novel than a mystery.

One of the lead detectives on the case is twenty-eight-year-old Gemma Woodstock. The victim went to her high school—the mysterious and beautiful Rosalind Ryan, who came back to the small town of Smithson to be a teacher. It’s not surprising that Gemma knew her—she knows most of the people in Smithson.

Author Sarah Bailey did an excellent job creating a complex character in Gem. Sometimes when I read a novel I get the idea that the author sat there and brainstormed, “How can I make my main character complex and flawed?” Gem’s layered history flows naturally over the course of the novel.

The reason I think it stumbled a bit as a mystery/detective story was that some of the clues and findings were left just dangling and I was slightly disappointed in the ending—although right up until that point, the writing and story and characters were excellent.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.


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