Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Reviews: The Dark Lake
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
Title: The Dark Lake
Author: Sarah Bailey
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: Mystery/Psychological Suspense/Psychological Thriller
Recommended If You Like: female detectives, complicated relationships, intertwining between past and present
Rosalind Ryan is dead, murdered and left in the lake surrounded by red roses. Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock, who has personal connections to Rosalind from their school days, attempts to solve the case while figuring out her own complicated personal life, past and present.
What I Liked:
Gemma is a complex, complicated character with imperfections and truths all her own. Taking the journey with her as she struggles to not only solve a case, but the uncertainties of her own life, really connected me to the book.
Bailey does an excellent job of building up suspense through the integration of well-timed flashbacks, giving readers information and motivations piece by piece that change everything we thought we knew about the story.
The mystery is also a good one, with an ending I did not see coming. Looking back though, I can see how so many of the clues were in place, hidden but there.
Anything I Didn't Like?
There wasn't really anything I didn't like. I did feel the book could have been tightened up a little here and there, but there wasn't really anything specific.
This isn't my favorite psychological thriller I've ever read, but it is a good one. It's definitely worth a read when you get the chance.