I like Gemma Woodstock. She is nicely flawed, has the potential to get herself thoroughly into trouble in her personal life as well as in her police work. She pines for her little boy who is living with his Dad. Gemma has moved to Melbourne to live, to continue to climb the career ladder after the events of her first book The Dark Lake. She is a troubled soul. She has a new police partner who isn’t entirely easy to get along with, who tries a bit too hard and she has befriended the homeless woman down the street from her flat. It is a good set up for a story about a murdered homeless man and Gemma is keen to get the lead investigator role. Next minute there is another murder, a young star has been killed on the set of a zombie movie. Two cases which seem so different both complicated investigations and Gemma has too many suspects!
Sarah Bailey writes Australian landscape really well, her descriptions of small town life is so evocative far more successful than her Melbourne descriptions I think. This is one of those crime novels where you have to suspend your disbelief and just read it for the story, if you do that, you’ll have a great time with these very contemporary crime novels. I’m keen for the next one.