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The Dark Lake

Narrated by: Kate Hosking
Series: Gemma Woodstock Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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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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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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I’d guessed the ending but...

I’d guessed the ending about halfway through, but I so wanted to see where Gemma’s private life was headed and it made me stick to the story until the end. I enjoyed the story and was impressed by the performance of the reader. I’m about to start the next book in the series

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Not a fan

I found this book to be too dark for me. It sounded like a promising book if you like crime stories

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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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a slow start finished well. will read book 2. <br />

thought narrator a bit funny until i realised thats how Australians speak. ok after that

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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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Only got a few chapters in then gave up

General tone is far too melodramatic and the objectification of the murder victim is just gross.

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Keeps you to the end.

Well written and you really want to finish to find out the killer. Went on a bit too much about the affair but all characters were well developed.