Updated: Aug 17, 2018
The Dark Lake & Into The Night
Into The Night, the follow up to Bailey’s The Dark Lake is an enjoyable crime fiction set in Melbourne. We follow Gemma Woodstock, our deeply flawed and very human protagonist, into a new location battling the same demons in a new city after being unable to find peace in her hometown.
Both novels centre around brutal murders, however unlike the first novel, Into The Night, the crime is not as personal; however in some ways we gain a greater insight to the inner conflict and psyche of Gemma Woodstock. At times it feels unnerving being inside our protagonist’s head, particularly as she navigates her way through self-loathing, self-destructive behaviours and an inability to immerse herself in motherhood. How wonderful is it to have a complex, sometimes unlikeable, realistic and intelligent female character? She goes against the grain of societal expectations and acknowledges her flaws and poor decisions, however we also feel her pain in her attempt to find herself.
Both novels are incredibly engaging and have the reader glued to the page because we want to find out whodunnit. There are plenty of suspects and motives, and guessing the perpetrator is definitely half the fun. The novel explores misogyny, the abuse of power and celebrity, and accepting who you are.