Disclaimer: I am not a book critic, I don’t normally do any book analysis, nor am I trained in any sort of literature outside of entry level college courses. I just love to read.
My sister belongs to the Book Of The Month club and I’ve been thinking what a great idea it is. Now that she commutes by train, she devours books so she’s always looking for a good read. I’ve always been the one with my nose suck in a book so it’s nice to share books and enjoy them together (along with my mom). I thought about joining in order to get a new book every month, but I still have quite a few new books on my list and for now I’m busy swapping with Jenn and my mom.
My mom passed The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey to me after she and my sister read it. It’s always nice to get recommendations and if you have any, let me know.
Recently I’ve been sticking to the sort of bubbly romance books where everyone has a happy ending on my Kindle (especially the series books because then the happiness lasts longer) but I also love a great mystery. I’ve been a big Sue Grafton fan since high school (RIP) and I enjoyed that this book had some similarities – independent female lead who solves murders and puts herself in dangerous situations – but I thought the book itself was unique and interesting.
I enjoyed the fact that the chapters were mainly told from the perspective of the female detective but I loved reading the bits and pieces told from random bystander’s point of view. Little parts of the story start to piece themselves together and you feel as though you can solve the puzzle in the end.
The victim was acquainted with the detective through childhood (high school) and I thought the flash backs to that time were valuable and weaved into the story beautifully.
I didn’t like hearing about how the victim was portrayed. It was difficult to believe that people were so taken with her and the obsession by the main character with her also felt disconnected somehow. I believe the victim was beautiful, but the strange, stalkerish descriptives were a bit off-putting to me. I was never caught under her spell and I didn’t feel as if I ever really knew what she looked like even though they talk about it a lot.
In the end, I enjoyed the fact that the characters all had depth and flaws. I liked that no one was perfect and some of the characters recognized that and withheld judgement because of their own flaws. That seemed more real to me than a beautiful woman no one knew or understood.
At times I wished for the characters to be more this or less that, but I appreciated that they weren’t. It wouldn’t have been in their nature. There are always decisions you make in retrospect and I feel like as the reader, I was trying to push those decisions on the characters because I could see where it was headed – to somewhere uncomfortable. But the uncomfortable is what makes it interesting and so I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’m happy with the ending, even though it wasn’t neatly tied in a bow leaving everyone to their happily ever afters. Actually because of it. If it had ended all happily ever after it probably wouldn’t have been worth the read to begin with. But I enjoyed the development, the changes, and the resolutions. It was way more real that way.
So there it is, some ramblings about The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey which I recommend.
Let me know if you’ve read it, how you felt, if you liked it, etc.
Thanks for visiting! 📚 Juli