The Dark Lake is a suspenseful police procedural set in Australia and it reminded me a bit of Tana French's books and a lot of The Dry which I recently read and reviewed (check it out our blog).
The protagonist is Gemma Woodstock, a homicide investigator in a small town who learns that her former classmate Rose/Rosalind has been found dead in the lake by their high school (where Rose was now a teacher). Despite her history with Rose, Gemma is assigned to the case and she and her partner Felix attempt to solve the murder.
Everyone in the town is a suspect:
“The memorial today should be interesting. All those kids everywhere….the other teachers. Agatha Christie would have a field day”
Right from the very start of the book it’s clear that there was something unusual about Rosalind, she had a “magnetic pull” on the town and Gemma’s memories border on obsession.
This is a fast-paced book with layers of multiple mysteries that are uncovered chapter by chapter. The reader even gets insight into things Gemma herself will never know.
I didn’t solve the murder until the last few pages and I was a little sad when I did because it meant the book was over. I recommend this one for a fast suspenseful read with a lot of little satisfying clues along the way, although I’ll never look at roses the same way again!🌹
Best paired with your favorite beer straight out of the bottle.