It's a place where everyone knows everyone, yet is still full of secrets that come to be slowly revealed.The town is shocked when 28 year old Rosalind Ryan, a drama teacher, is discovered strangled in the lake, with roses surrounding her.Gemma’s character was irksome, and I felt no sympathy for her.
I feel like too much was going on in The Dark Lake--it was almost as if the book was fighting itself.
98% of the book was told from Gemma’s POV, but then there were brief chapters thrown in from various people in Smithson that didn’t seem to serve much of purpose.
I did feel the stronger part of the story was the personal side, our introduction and courting of Gemma and finding out about many of her issues and faults. When 28 year old English teacher Rosalind (Rose) is found dead, the people of the small Australian town of Smithson are in shock. She is the girl who seemed to have it all: beauty, money, and success.
It's no secret that I'm attracted to damaged, flawed female leads, especially those in law enforcement, and she clearly fits the bill and wears it well. Gemma Woodstock has quite the time trying to figure out who was responsible for Rosalind Ryan’s death. Rose had the type of charisma where she was able to compel the women around her to want to be like her, and the men to fall in love with her.
As I read I felt I was rating it as two separate books; the police procedural and the atmospheric character development. WIth the investigation, Rosalind Ryan and everything going on in her personal life. Her husband Scott and her son Ben take a back seat. Psychological thriller about a cop investigating the murder of her high school rival.
When it comes to the procedural, I felt it was just ok. When 28 year old English teacher Rosalind (Rose) is found dead, the people of the small Australian town of Smithson are in shock. She is the girl who seemed to have it all: beauty, money, and success.
Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town's richest men?
And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?
As much as Rosalind's life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle.