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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant debut with twists to rival the best of the genre.

When Gemma Woodstock, homicide investigator in the large rural town of Smithson, views the body of her old school friend Rosalind splayed open on the autopsy table, she suffers the same feeling of inscrutability that has coloured her relationship with Rose for so long.

Gemma, however, is hiding her own secrets. She has a four-year-old son, Ben, and has recently moved in with the boy's father, Scott. But the relationship is troubled, and she is having an affair with a colleague that she works closely with, Felix, who is married with two teenage daughters. She knows that Rosalind recently moved back to Smithson to teach drama at their old school, but Gemma had not made contact, and now she wonders why the incendiary Rose really came back to this country town. Rose lived alone in a small run-down apartment, even though her father is one of the town's richest men....

©2017 Sarah Bailey (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • 02-08-2020

Struggled.

Really disappointed. Too many characters, to much back and forth between times and too much description of irrelevant things. Hard to follow and hard to keep up with which character was which. Hate leaving anything unfinished so listened to it all. Boring ending and a very negative energy overall. Unfortunately not for me. Honest review.

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90% feelings: 10% story.

Struggled to finish. Got tired of the main character's continual self indulgence and personal stupidity. The story and plot were just a vehicle for the emotional stuff.

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A good, Australian book

Kate Hosking is a fine, Australian narrator and switches between characters well. The Dark Lake is a solid story about a close-knit Australian town with a troubled local Detective at its heart. While some of the turn of phrase had me scratching my head, Bailey introduces Gemma Woodstock as the heroine of her own story, a kind of character every woman can see a bit of herself in.

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narrator saves this one

Kate Hosking is a skilled narrator, which made me perservere with this story. So much unnecessary conversation and drawn out scenes about nothing... I like descriptive writing however this was almost a bit over the top.. eyes sparkling like marbles.. very long story with not much happening... I wanted to like this story... I sort of did..

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Gets better in the second half

I almost gave up on this book - it’s pretty heavy on tropes and cliques and the main character’s descriptions of the murdered woman were overwhelming and obsessive to the point of being nauseating and pretty hard to believe. It improved somewhat in the second half even though I worked out who the murderer was long before the big reveal and couldn’t muster any affection for our detective heroine even in her moments of greatest crisis.

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Struggle to listen to

Struggled to finish. Unconvincing story line and annoying references to lustful longings by a cheating heroine. Returned book.

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enthralling story, well performed.

An intriguing mystery excellently narrated by a gifted voice shape changer. This helps to bring all the characters to life along a well thought out plot. The time jumps are a little confusing at times but I liked the occasional change of point of view from different characters. I'm looking forward to her next book.

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Finally, characters with flaws

So many people are putting down the main character because she is greatly flawed. I LOVED that!!
I loathe listening to characters who are one dimensional, perfect, cliche, bland and/or predicable. Or just drink because they are damaged and that's their one flaw.
I did not get that here!!
It has been a few months since I have listened to this book... and I don't remember clearly what the big reveal was, but the characters have stuck with me.

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Interesting Australian story

I quite liked this Audible. There were a number of storyline’s that eventually all converged to a nice, tidy, timely ending.

A country town, residents misplaced, forgotten and getting on . . . . Like life I guess. The characters were believable and easy to identify with.

Neither rushed or overly verbose, Sarah Bailey is an author I would read again.

Loved the narration on this one. I would recommend this title.

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boring

Narration was boring like a hypothesis. storyline was all over the place and hard to follow the characters. didnot enjoy it. will avoid this narrator unless I have insomnia.

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