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Friday, December 21, 2018

REVIEW: Into The Night by Sarah Bailey @grandcentralpub @sarahbailey1982

Into The Night
by Sarah Bailey

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this copy.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: December 4, 2018
404 Pages
Series: Gemma Woodstock #2
Genres: Police Procedural, Mystery

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. 

My Review:

I'm not sure what it is about deeply flawed and emotionally resistant female protagonists that I love so much.  Getting to know Gemma in book 1 was a pleasure... now in Into The Night, we dive deeper into her mind and phew... she has got a LOT going on.  I feel you, girl.... I feel you.

Complete transparency, I was way more into Gemma's story than I was about the case.  Celebrity gets killed, secrets come out, fairly predictable ending.  However, I was completely fascinated with Gemma and everything she had going on.  I'm so pissed off at Fleet .. but that's a whole other matter and you'll have to read this book to figure out why. And don't even get me started on the guy she was "dating"... I can't even remember his name now because I flicked him off my shoulder like a bothersome fly.   Complex but lovable, I can't help but adore how Bailey has brought Gemma's character to life and am looking forward to see where Gemma's story goes.

I think some readers will find the pacing to be a bit slow.. and I'd agree.  Somehow though I kept swiping the pages in my need to know. I somehow always feel book two in a series seem to fall a bit short after a really strong book one.  I don't know if I necessarily feel that way about this even though I did have to force myself to continue at times.  If I haven't made it clear yet, ahem, it's Gemma's character that keeps me riveted... I can only assume that the cases will get more interesting to my tastes... either way I'm sticking around to find out.

Another order of Gemma please, hold the Fleet.


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