The Dark Lake

The Dark Lake

by Sarah Bailey

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 24/05/2017

RRP  $32.99 $24.70

Why Our Staff Love The Dark Lake:
This is the perfect small town Aussie crime novel - every bit as good as last year's bestseller, The Dry but a much darker read. The way the author presents Geema Woodstock's fractured life and her desperate work to redeem herself will have you pulled into this book with magnetic force. This is an absorbing, character-driven debut that has us begging for more.

Book Description:
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.

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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The Brief with Sarah Bailey

At the moment I’m reading…
I just finished He Said, She Said, by Erin Kelly. Loved it.

My favourite book growing up was…
Probably The Magic Faraway Tree and then when I was a bit older, The Hobbit. Though I loved a lot of books so it’s quite tricky to narrow down to one or two favourites.

My all-time favourite book is…
Again, almost impossible to answer, but I do love Tully by Paullina Simons. I have probably read it ten times. Just a brilliant suite of characters. I adore The Great Gatsby as well and read it every couple of years.

The book I would recommend everyone to read is…
Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman. It’s an amazing work of art and conveniently now available in TV format too.

The book I wish I wrote is…

Gone Girl (for the money and potential intro to Ben Affleck)
American Psycho (for the shock value)
Anna Karenina (for the perfection)

My perfect guilty pleasure read is…
Patricia Cornwell’s back catalogue. Good old Kay Scarpetta is so reliably satisfying.

When I’m not working or reading, you’ll find me…
These days I’m most likely to be listening to a podcast.

When I describe my new book to people, I tell them…
That is a mix of crime, character, drama and mystery. And that I hope they like it.

One thing I’ll never forget is…
‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ and in random words like ‘albeit’

My favourite place to be is…
In a busy city wine bar. Preferably one in New York City.

The most dangerous thing I have ever done is…
It’s a bit hard to pick but I’ll share one my parents already know about. 

When I was sixteen, I was in Fiji and was dared to swim to a nearby-ish sand bar. So I did.  Things got pretty dicey for a few minutes out there. 

I’ll always remember…
Small acts of kindness, interesting people and the embarrassing things I have done.

The one piece of advice I give to new authors is…
Finish the book. 

I can never say no to…
Salt and vinegar chips.

Yesterday, I…
Drank too much red wine.

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne based writer with a background in advertising and communications.

She has two young children and currently works as a director of creative projects company Mr Smith.

Over the past five years she has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces. The Dark Lake is her first novel.

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