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Publisher Description

'Every bit as addictive and suspenseful as The Dark Lake ... Sarah Bailey's writing is both keenly insightful and wholly engrossing, weaving intriguing and multi-layered plots combined with complicated and compelling characters.' The Booktopian

A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing after a party in the middle of the night. The following morning her boyfriend is found brutally murdered in his home. Was the girl responsible for the murder, or is she also a victim of the killer? But who would want two teenagers dead?

The aftermath of a personal tragedy finds police detective Gemma Woodstock in the coastal town of Fairhaven with her son Ben in tow. She has begged to be part of a murder investigation so she can bury herself in work rather than taking the time to grieve and figure out how to handle the next stage of her life - she now has serious family responsibilities she can no longer avoid. But Gemma also has ghosts she must lay to rest.

Gemma searches for answers, while navigating her son's grief and trying to overcome the hostility of her new colleagues. As the mystery deepens and old tensions and secrets come to light, Gemma is increasingly haunted by a similar missing persons case she worked on not long before. A case that ended in tragedy and made her question her instincts as a cop. Can she trust herself again?

A riveting thriller by the author of the international bestseller The Dark Lake, winner of both the Ned Kelly Award and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for a debut crime novel.

Crime & Thrillers
5 August
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Another Gemma

Australian. Lives in Melbourne. Director of advertising and communications company Mr Smith. Writer of short stories, opinion pieces, and three novels involving police detective Gemma Woodstock.

Apparently idyllic coastal community near Byron Bay harbours dark secrets. Discuss.

Gemma's ex, the father of her kid, has died. She returns to the old hometown for the funeral and to resume care of said kid from the ex's new wife. Things are tense, so she jumps at the chance to get out of Dodge after her old cop boss locally canvasses her regarding a temp job that's opened up on the Far North Coast of NSW. A local teen has disappeared and another gets dead. Our gal investigates, while she tries to get her head in order. The first part goes better than the second. It's Byron Shire, so there's weed involved, although that's not all.

Gemma is her usual abrasive self, as she seeks to mask the turmoil beneath. Her new guy, a psychological profiler, should probably have a good look at himself the way he fartarses around over her. The other characters fall into goodie and baddie roles, except it's not as simple as that.

Third person from our gal's perspective.

Ms Bailey knows how to write, and is polishing her game every time at bat. There are holes in the plot, but she pulls things together well by the end, paving the way for another sequel.

Bottom line
Entertaining. Ms Bailey breaks little new ground but consolidates what she has already achieved.

Bkrsp3 ,

Have I missed a book??

I’m about 200 pages into this book, after finishing Into the Night, and I feel like I’ve missed a book. Characters are being spoken about that I’m just being introduced to, as if they’re been part of the series from the start. Have I missed something? Enjoyed the first 2 books. Will keep pushing through.

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