The Dark Lake

Sarah Bailey

RRP: £12.99

1 March 2018

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786493545

RRP: £4.99

5 October 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786493552

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode…

A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before.

But that’s not all Gemma’s trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim’s past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths…


Hooked me from page one! [A] stunning debut thriller... With clever twists and all-too-human characters, this book will keep you racing toward the end.
Lisa Gardner

A stunning debut that gripped me from page one and never eased up. Dark, dark, dark-but infused with insight, pathos, a great sense of place, and razor-sharp writing. It's going to be big and Sarah Bailey needs to clear a shelf for awards.
C.J. Box

A crime thriller that seizes you from the first page and slowly draws you into a web of deception and long buried secrets. Beautifully written, compulsively readable, and highly recommended.
Douglas Preston

Superior storytelling... excellent
Mail Online

I raced through this deliciously complicated, mesmerizing debut at warp speed. Sarah Bailey's The Dark Lake is sure to keep readers awake far too late into the night.
Karen Dionne, author The Marsh King's Daughter

A mesmerizing thriller full of long buried secrets that sucked me right in and kept me up late turning pages... An exquisite debut
Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People

A good story, well told.
The Literary Review