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Into the Night Despite loving Dark Lake the first Detective Gemma Woodstock in the series and being thrown straight into a murder at the start of this book, I found it overall to be slow, and rather repetitive When a homeless man Walter Miller is found brutally murdered for no apparent reason, Senior Detective Gemma Woodstock is tasked with finding his killer However a second, similar murder of up and coming actor Sterling Wade, whilst filming for a zombie movie, takes the focus away from Miller s dea Despite loving Dark Lake the first Detective Gemma Woodstock in the series and being thrown straight into a murder at the start of this book, I found it overall to be slow, and rather repetitive When a homeless man Walter Miller is found brutally murdered for no apparent reason, Senior Detective Gemma Woodstock is tasked with finding his killer However a second, similar murder of up and coming actor Sterling Wade, whilst filming for a zombie movie, takes the focus away from Miller s death and into a world of celebrities, fame and high profile egos Set in Melbourne, Australia there is plenty of atmospheric descriptions to set the scene and it is a very character driven story focusing on Gemma s previous relationship with the father of her little boy Ben and how she copes mentally with being separated from her son She is basically a walking disaster, going from man to man, unable to maintain a normal relationship Her working partnership with Detective Fleet was also very fractured but I actually liked him and preferred him in the story to Gemma.Something just didn t hit the mark for me in this one as much as it did in the previous book though the last couple of chapters and the ending did redeem it slightly, even if a little predictable.Sarah Bailey writes exceedingly well and allows for the reader to engage in an easy to follow story, however it was too slow for my overall enjoyment and I m not sure if I wish to follow Gemma in a further instalment in her troubled life.3.5 stars Into The Night, the second novel in the Detective Gemma Woodstock series, was just as enthralling as The Dark Lake and certainly exceeded all of my expectations As references are made to past cases, I would recommend reading the previous book before this one otherwise, it could become quite frustrating Main character and protagonist Gemma comes across as quite cold and unlikeable, but it is clear she is a complex individual and is trying to find her way out of a maze of problems Some of her i Into The Night, the second novel in the Detective Gemma Woodstock series, was just as enthralling as The Dark Lake and certainly exceeded all of my expectations As references are made to past cases, I would recommend reading the previous book before this one otherwise, it could become quite frustrating Main character and protagonist Gemma comes across as quite cold and unlikeable, but it is clear she is a complex individual and is trying to find her way out of a maze of problems Some of her issues are stereotypical of the detective crime genre, however, I must admit I found her very interesting albeit damaged She is intelligent, tenacious and dedicated to her job, but her personal life is a calamitous affair What makes her a memorable character, in my eyes, is that she understands herself, her flaws, her limits and is brutally honest about them, and I recognised some of myself in her in terms of us both being introverts.Set in the film industry based in and around Melbourne, Australia, Bailey touches on the topic of exploitation and sexual assault that has been exposed as existing in the industry and which gave birth to the Me Too movement Told in first person from Gemma s perspective, it is a straightforward read with plenty going on to keep the reader engaged There is a focus on details and realism and the author has made sure to ground the book to make it as authentic and believable as possible I thoroughly enjoyed the parts in which Gemma and Fleet sifted through the lies, rumours and gossip in order to try and find evidence to make the case Needless to say, it was easier said than done There are plenty of surprises and revelations that came around very unexpectedly and I enjoyed the unpredictable nature of it all It s a rarity these days that a book can creep up on me and take me by surprise, but Bailey did it with aplomb Crafted and paced to perfection and thoroughly gripping, I was sad when it came to an end I look forward to the upcoming additions to the series Fully deserving of five stars Many thanks to Corvus for an ARC I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own Into the Night is an excellent follow up to Sarah Bailey s wonderful debut, The Dark Lake Her protagonist, DS Gemma Woodstock has moved from small town Victoria to Melbourne to make a fresh start However, she is finding it difficult to fit in with her new partner and boss and badly misses her son Ben who she left with his father When a homeless man is stabbed to death for no apparent reason, she feels she must find his killer Before she can do that, another man is stabbed to death, Sterl Into the Night is an excellent follow up to Sarah Bailey s wonderful debut, The Dark Lake Her protagonist, DS Gemma Woodstock has moved from small town Victoria to Melbourne to make a fresh start However, she is finding it difficult to fit in with her new partner and boss and badly misses her son Ben who she left with his father When a homeless man is stabbed to death for no apparent reason, she feels she must find his killer Before she can do that, another man is stabbed to death, Sterling Wade, the leading actor in a Zombie movie, stabbed by one of the Zombie mob that surrounds him in a live action scene No one is able to identify the extra who killed him everyone was wearing make up and swarming around the actor Gemma and her new partner DS Nick Fleet, find themselves looking into the lives of those involved in the movie and Sterling s family and history in their hunt for a motive and a killer This is a well crafted murder mystery and police procedural The investigation is slow to ramp up, with too many suspects and a few wrong turns and Gemma and Nick become frustrated at trying to figure out why Wade was killed Bailey shows us all the flaws in her characters persona Gemma lonely in the city, drinking too much and indulging in risky one night stands with men picked up in bars and Nick prickly and distant at first, but coming to appreciating Gemma s insight and toughness The ending tied up the case in an unexpected but satisfying way and there are signs that Gemma is in a better place andcomfortable with her current life With thanks to Allen and Unwin for an uncorrected ARC to read starsI noted in October of last year that I was keen to hear from Sarah Bailey, the author of The Dark Lake, very soon It seems my wish has been granted and less than a year later we have a second novel from Bailey Into the Night is the impressive follow up to Bailey s debut novel If you are a fan of quintessential Australian crime fiction, you must read Into the Night and its predecessor, The Dark Lake.Detective Gemma Woodstock returns, following on starsI noted in October of last year that I was keen to hear from Sarah Bailey, the author of The Dark Lake, very soon It seems my wish has been granted and less than a year later we have a second novel from Bailey Into the Night is the impressive follow up to Bailey s debut novel If you are a fan of quintessential Australian crime fiction, you must read Into the Night and its predecessor, The Dark Lake.Detective Gemma Woodstock returns, following on from the events that occurred in The Dark Lake, the first novel penned by Sarah Bailey We soon learn Gemma has made the move from the regional town of Smithson, to the city of Melbourne She is damaged and flawed, but is determined to make it in the big smoke However, not only is her personal life back home in Smithson a mess, her new life in Melbourne isn t faring too much better either With a difficult partner, a boss who keeps his staff at arm s length and a whole a new team to negotiate, Gemma s new workplace is proving hard to crack Gemma s workload changes when she is assigned to a high profile case involving a celebrity who has been killed in an odd set of circumstances Gemma must put aside her mixed feelings for her partner, Detective Fleet aside, in order to put this actor s case to rest In the process of solving this baffling case, Gemma faces the realisation that those she thought she could trust may have betrayed her.In terms of quality Australian crime thrillers and police procedural focussed novels, Sarah Bailey is a commanding force I witnessed the greatness of Sarah Bailey s writing when I read her debut novel, The Dark Lake late last year It easily earned a place in my top reads of 2017 and I can now confirm that Into the Night will be sure to secure a spot in my top reads of 2018 Self doubt and the pressure to follow up on a hugely successful first novel can be to the detriment of writers, however, Sarah Bailey shows us that she is a force to be reckoned with in the Australian crime field Watch out Jane Harper Although I really loved the small town regional setting of Smithson in Bailey s first book, I think it was an astute move to transfer the action of this second novel to the city It shows reader the natural progression, as well as character growth of the main protagonist, Detective Gemma Woodstock The small town feeling is only mentioned in glimpses, when Gemma makes a return visit home and that s when we see some familiar faces However, the bulk of the novel is set in the city of Melbourne This is an Australian city I am yet to visit Bailey s descriptive prose ensures that my inexperience is brushed aside The city comes to life before your eyes It is both murky and mysterious Bailey draws our attention to the dark undercurrents that lurk beneath the surface of this vibrant city This area of the novel is incredibly rich in detail, so all you can do is sit back and immerse yourself in Bailey s prose.What impressed me about this second offering from Bailey was the crime aspect itself Bailey highlights the common police practices and procedural elements in dealing with an unsolved murder case It is immersive and enlightening I really enjoyed the workplace issues that Gemma contends with Gemma clearly has some difficulties in establishing a solid working partnership with Detective Fleet, along with her need to seek approval from her boss, who is deliberately distancing himself from his team As the newbie on the block, Gemma must also work hard to establish her position in the team In terms of the murder mystery itself, it was interesting to see how different cases command polarising resources and priority levels The intricacies of each of the cases presented in this novel are great to unpack.Onto Gemma herself, Into the Night would not be same if it didn t have Gemma at the helm Like the first book, Gemma continues to show us her flaws, her inconsistencies, her questionable choices and vulnerabilities Bailey is so in tune with her lead, that she seems to live and breathe all aspects of her primary protagonist Into the Night takes Gemma to another level, it is a story that pits Gemma against new challenges, fresh experiences and we get to see her in yet another light I really appreciated this aspect of the novel and it shows us just how devoted Bailey is to her characterisation On the secondary character front, I thought Bailey did a very good job in her interactions and dialogue between Gemma and her side cast The periphery characters such as Fleet, Josh, Scott and Ben are all vital to the novel This also applies to the suspects in the cases Woodstock is working to solve.Bailey manages to perform that careful balancing act between a fresh new crime case to solve, with enough follow on to satisfy readers keen to learnabout the complicated lead, Gemma Woodstock Into the Night is another stand out novel from Sarah Bailey, an author who has captivated me yet again I m definitely coming back for third helping of anything Bailey chooses to serve up next I wish to thank Allen Unwin for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.Into the Night is book 68 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge Wow I love this series and Gemma Woodstock is such a great character This one had me thinking everyone was the killer. So strong was Sarah Bailey s first novel, The Dark Lake, that I wasthan happy to have another outing with DS Gemma Woodstock just a month or so later And Into the Night didn t disappoint.Where the first book was all small town heat, this one is big city chill, as Gemma s new home Melbourne shivers through winter Gemma has left her family behind in Smithson and moved to the city for a change a change in work and a change in life She s finding her way in a new team, with a new profes So strong was Sarah Bailey s first novel, The Dark Lake, that I wasthan happy to have another outing with DS Gemma Woodstock just a month or so later And Into the Night didn t disappoint.Where the first book was all small town heat, this one is big city chill, as Gemma s new home Melbourne shivers through winter Gemma has left her family behind in Smithson and moved to the city for a change a change in work and a change in life She s finding her way in a new team, with a new professional partner, and trying not to spend too much time alone in her inner city shoebox apartment.When a homeless man is brutally murdered, Gemma is first on the scene and hopes it might be her chance to take the lead on the investigation But not this time Then, just days later, a local but well known actor is killed on the set of a major film being shot around Melbourne, and suddenly Gemma and her partner DS Fleet are in the spotlight, leading the biggest case of their careers.The investigation and procedural aspects of the story were satisfying and believable I couldn t pick the killer until their identity was revealed There were lots of red herrings and connections where I was not expecting them to appear Gemma has also grown as a character I still can t relate to her in terms of some of her actions and decisions, but I feel like I understand her a bit better than last time But the thing I liked the most about this book was the locale I m a sucker for a novel set in my own neighbourhood Bailey doesn t give us broadbrush, generic Melbourne, either There s so much detail, locals will recognise buildings and perhaps even particular park benches However, the reader doesn t need to be familiar with Melbourne to appreciate the setting Bailey shows the way.This is a very assured follow up to Bailey s debut Highly recommended With thanks to Allen Unwin for an uncorrected proof to review. Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is working in Melbourne now, trying to negotiate relationships with her new boss, Chief Inspector Toby Isaacs, and her partner, Detective Sergeant Fleet She has been in Melbourne for three months this has meant leaving behind her five year old son, Ben, and his father, Scott She s keeping busy with a series of cases, including that of a homeless man, Walter Miller, who was brutally killed and one with the famous actor, Sterling Wade, who was stabbed while fi Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is working in Melbourne now, trying to negotiate relationships with her new boss, Chief Inspector Toby Isaacs, and her partner, Detective Sergeant Fleet She has been in Melbourne for three months this has meant leaving behind her five year old son, Ben, and his father, Scott She s keeping busy with a series of cases, including that of a homeless man, Walter Miller, who was brutally killed and one with the famous actor, Sterling Wade, who was stabbed while filming a high profile zombie film Alone and away from her son, Gemma throws herself into her work, but will these difficult cases prove too much for her and her emotional well beingI was high functioning but deeply broken and eventually something had to give When the opportunity to transfer to Melbourne arose, I needed to take it Living in Smithson was slowly killing meThis novel picks up a few years after the first Gemma book Gemma has been haunted by the Rosalind Rose case featured in Bailey s superb first novel, The Dark Lake, as well as her affair with her former partner, Felix We find her lost and floundering This serves a dual purpose for us, the reader We get to read a novel with a complicated, realistic character in Gemma She s true to herself On the other hand, she s not always the easiest to like or even empathize with This is a woman who has left her child behind, after all I have to congratulate Bailey on having Gemma not make the easy safe choices in life, or the ones you typically see in detective novels Not only do we get a strong yet vulnerable female character, we get one who is flawed, real, and struggling to find her way in the world I certainly didn t always agree with her choices, but I do enjoy reading about them Even better,Gemma features in an excellent complicated and captivating mystery, with several cases that keep you guessing The prominent one is the Sterling Wade case Bailey brings in various Hollywood elements, and there are a lot of characters to suspect and pieces to put together I quite liked not knowing who had killed Sterling Even the detectives were flummoxed at times how refreshing Throughout all her cases, Gemma is working out where she fits in her new department and how she relates to her new partner, Fleet There s a lot going on, but Bailey handles it all quite deftly The excellent writing I enjoyed so much in her first novel is on display again here you ll be impressed at the way she can pull together her story and bring out her characters Or maybe this case is just fucking with my mind, I say, and making me think that Agatha Christie plots are coming to lifeOverall, I found this book intriguing and refreshing Gemma is a complicated and complex character who is matched by the intricate cases she attempts to solve Those who enjoy a character driven mystery will be drawn to Gemma s prickly exterior, while those who simply enjoy a hard to solve case will find plenty to like here as well Sarah Bailey is certainly a go to author for me 4.5 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review thank you it is available everywhere in the U.S as of 12 4 2018 Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram I ve been meaning to read the first book in the series for quite some time and just never managed to get around to it and then this one just sounded right up my alley, so I took a chance and just started with book two It was totally fine but I enjoyed this one so much that I m kicking myself for not having started at the beginning There was a lot going on here plot wise, Gemma is a busy detective working on multiple cases and as much as I was intrigued by the cases, what really engrossed me was I ve been meaning to read the first book in the series for quite some time and just never managed to get around to it and then this one just sounded right up my alley, so I took a chance and just started with book two It was totally fine but I enjoyed this one so much that I m kicking myself for not having started at the beginning There was a lot going on here plot wise, Gemma is a busy detective working on multiple cases and as much as I was intrigued by the cases, what really engrossed me was the outstanding characterization Gemma is fascinatingly complex and just so well drawn that I was immediately invested in her The setting of Melbourne was also a standout, I haven t read many thrillers set there and it s always nice to read about someplace new and fresh to me I imagine as the series continues Gemma will becomeandinteresting and I ll definitely be following along Recommended for thriller fans, especially those who feel like they want something slightly different and written by an incredibly gifted author.Into the Night in three words Engaging, Intriguing and Nuanced After the shocking murder of a high profile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim s friends and family can be trusted and who may be the killer Troubled and brilliant, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone after a recent move to Melbourne, brokenhearted by the decisions she s had to make Her new workplace is a minefield and Detective Sergeant Nick Fleet, the partner she has been assigned, is uncommunicative and often hostile When a homeless man is murdered and Gemma is put on the case, she can t help feeling a connection with the victim and his lonely, isolated existence Then Sterling Wade, an up and coming actor filming his breakout performance in a closed off city street, is murdered in the middle of an action packed shot, and Gemma and Nick have to put aside their differences to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actor s life and death Who could commit such a brazen crime Who stands to profit from it Far too many people, and none of them can be trusted Gemma can t imagine a pair of victims with less in common and yet as Gemma and Fleet soon learn, both men were keeping secrets that may have led to their deaths With riveting suspense, razor sharp writing, and a fascinating cast of characters, INTO THE NIGHT proves Sarah Bailey is a major new talent to watch in the world of literary crime fiction Intriguing, mysterious, and dark In this latest novel in the Gemma Woodstock series, Into the Night, Bailey immerses you into an intense, sultry investigation into the violent homicide of a movie star and the hunt for a confident, callous killer who seems to have gotten away with murder in broad daylight.The prose is gritty and raw The characterization is well done with characters that are driven, flawed, and reckless, including the lonely, DS Gemma Woodstock, whose greatest struggles involve h Intriguing, mysterious, and dark In this latest novel in the Gemma Woodstock series, Into the Night, Bailey immerses you into an intense, sultry investigation into the violent homicide of a movie star and the hunt for a confident, callous killer who seems to have gotten away with murder in broad daylight.The prose is gritty and raw The characterization is well done with characters that are driven, flawed, and reckless, including the lonely, DS Gemma Woodstock, whose greatest struggles involve her own personal demons and insecurities And the plot, including all the subplots, keep you engrossed from start to finish with a multitude of twists, turns, deception, revelations, jealousy, obsession, familial drama, secrets, violence, and murder.Overall, Into the Night is another sinister, tight, riveting thriller by Bailey that reminds us that the lure of fame and fortune mixed with ruthless ambition can sometimes be a deadly combination.Thank you to Grand Central Publishing, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Hardcover
  • 404 pages
  • Into the Night
  • Sarah Bailey
  • English
  • 08 July 2019
  • 1538759950

About the Author: Sarah Bailey

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne based writer with a background in advertising and communications She has two young children and currently works as a director of creative projects company Mr Smith Over the past five years she has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces The Dark Lake is her first novel.


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