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The Dark Lake is a stunning first novel by a young writer from Melbourne. Brooding, suspenseful and explosive, Sarah Bailey’s crime thriller is a haunting story of one woman’s descent into a world of secrets and lies. Its twisted, propulsive plot, intriguingly flawed characters and regional Australian setting will draw readers in from the very first page.
The Dark Lake has already created an enormous buzz here and overseas. A huge offer from the US and spectacular reader raves make this debut novel most likely to be a bestseller in 2017.
‘We so believed in the potential of this manuscript that we made a significant offer to pre-empt world rights for The Dark Lake in Australia and then sold US rights to a leading American publisher for a high six-figure deal, which has resulted in a flurry of interest and offers from other territories—just the first piece of well-deserved good fortune that we feel will be going the way of The Dark Lake and its talented and brilliant author, Sarah Bailey.’—Jane Palfreyman, Publisher
Early praise for The Dark Lake from Allen & Unwin staff:
‘I read The Dark Lake in a single sitting, one great gulp of pure reading pleasure. I loved the frazzled female cop as narrator, not a hard-bitten tough guy or neurotic smartarse detective but a flesh-and-blood young mother you’d like to have a drink with: flawed, human and very real. I loved that she took me down a dark and twisting road, told me things I couldn’t completely believe, and made me doubt everything I thought I had figured out. This is a different kind of crime novel and a stunning debut that will find and thrill readers all over the world. All I can say is: Dive into The Dark Lake!’—Jane Palfreyman, Publisher
‘I really loved this. A deeply satisfying piece of Australian noir with a wonderfully compelling plot and characters who really lived in the reading and stayed with me long after I put it down. It made me think of Peter Temple’s The Broken Shore. An exceptionally well-constructed and evocative mystery.’—Karen Williams, Marketing Director
‘A pacey, gutsy, drama-filled read; reaches a new level of Aussie crime writing.’—Patrick Gallagher, Chairman
‘Sarah Bailey’s debut ticks all the boxes—eerie mystery, great Australian setting, strong female lead and thrilling twists that kept me guessing until the very end. A must-read!’—Lillian Kovats, National Account Manager
‘The Dark Lake is an utterly unputdownable crime novel with a flawed but compelling heroine, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock. I hope I will meet her again.’—Louise Cornege, Senior Publicist
‘Is it happening? Has it happened? A haunting story of a descent into secrets and lies, told in a stream of consciousness style that will keep you guessing to the end and, like me, eagerly awaiting the next book!’—Michelle Ashman, Account Manager
‘I found The Dark Lake incredibly engrossing and compelling reading. Loved the tangled, twisted plot and it captured that small town dynamic perfectly.’—Miranda Van Asch, International Agencies Director
‘I read this in two sittings—it was riveting! I can’t believe she is a first-time author. What a find! What a winner!’—Tina Gitsis, Business Development Manager
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A hot summer. A shocking murder.
A town of secrets waiting to explode.
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