Into the Night

Into the Night

by Sarah Bailey


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538759943
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Gemma Woodstock Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 299,284
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sarah Bailey was born in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived all her life and currently resides with her two young sons. She has a degree in journalism and has a career in advertising. She is currently a partner at the creative agency Mr Smith.

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Into the Night 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Into The Night is the second book in the Gemma Woodstock series by Australian author, Sarah Bailey. Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock has been on Melbourne’s Homicide squad for about three months when popular soap actor, Sterling Wade is stabbed on the set of a movie being shot in Spring Street. It’s a complicated case, but she’s pleased, finally to be given the lead, even if she has to share it with DS Nick Fleet. While she doesn’t seem to have any rapport with him, maybe this case will allow them to work together better. City policing is quite different from what she’s used to in her country NSW hometown of Smithson: better resources and more cops to do the work. They are going to be stretched on this one, though: in excess of four hundred people on the scene, made up or wearing masks to look like zombies. They may have it on film, but just what will that show them? And they need to ensure they don’t neglect their other open murder cases: the escort who fell to her death from retired justice, Frank Jacoby’s apartment balcony; and the homeless man stabbed in a tunnel. While a witness had seen a person in a hoodie stabbing the old man, no one had yet been arrested. And unfortunately, the witness who implicated Jacoby himself in the escort’s death has had her reliability questioned. But the Wade case had the opposite problem: too many witnesses who saw very little; and an ever-expanding list of suspects with credible motives. Once again, Bailey offers fast-paced crime fiction with a realistic plot that twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and the pages turning. While one case is solved almost accidentally, some good detective work in their most challenging case uncovers both clues and red herrings that eventually lead to a heart-stopping climax. Suspects in the entertainment industry will guarantee that vanity, obsession with fame, jealousy, lies and secrets all feature. There’s also plenty of grief but how much of it is genuine, and how much faked? Bailey also demonstrates how greed and fear can trump justice in a case of sexual harassment. Gemma can be a bit prickly and doesn’t necessarily endear herself to those important to her (or to readers, for that matter): she’s left behind her son Ben with his father in Smithson when it became apparent that her relationship with Scott was irreparable; she’s drinking way too much, and has started smoking again (but at least she’s not doing drugs); she holds a devoted admirer at arms-length while she feeds an apparent addiction to having sex with strangers. This darkness has deep roots but a hopeful ending predicts a positive resolution. This is an excellent follow-up to The Dark Lake and fans will be eager to see what Bailey does next. This unbiased review from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen&Unwin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Love the female detective character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I paid 2.99 for the first book Will not pay 13.99 for the second!
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
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.
SmithFamilyinEngland2 More than 1 year ago
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
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Gemma is in a whole new place, mentally and physically. She has moved to Melbourne for a new start. She has a new partner which is, to say the least, very unfriendly. Plus, she has been placed on the biggest case of her career. Someone has murdered Sterling Wade during a movie production. The murder has actually been caught on film. But, it is not as cut and dried as she thinks it is. I will be honest. I did not like The Dark Lake, the first book in this series. I really disliked Gemma in that tale. I did not feel that way in this one. She came across as so sad. Her sadness just oozes off the page. Then her intellect comes out. It has been a while since I have read a really good crime fiction. Crime fiction is different from a suspenseful read. It moves slower, but they are smart reads. You have to use your brain! I love how this story plays out. I was constantly guessing who did this and who did that. This story is interwoven with great characters and it is a wonderful guessing game. Head over to my instagram for a giveaway,@reecaspiecesbooks. I have 2 copies up for grabs. Instagram I received this novel from Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley for a honest review.
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is back in the absorbing Australian police procedural Into the Night. Gemma has moved from her hometown and son, Ben, to Melbourne. Her relationship with Ben’s father, Simon, mutually ended after The Dark Lake (my review is here). Gemma is falling into half-night stands with strangers picked up in bars despite having a nice man trying to be a part of her life. She is missing Ben but feels compelled to solve crimes regardless of the cost to her personal life. Gemma’s first case with her new guarded partner, Nick Fleet, is a seemingly random stabbing of a homeless man. However, the murder of up-and-coming celebrity Sterling Wade while the cameras are rolling pulls all the police detectives into the high profile case. Sterling was making a zombie movie where extras were chasing and assaulting him when he is stabbed with a real knife later found at the scene. His girlfriend, Lizzie, realizes something is wrong and her screams bring help unfortunately too late. The camera footage is of little help as everyone around Sterling is dressed in masks as zombies. Who has a motive? Everyone and no one. Sterling is well-liked and respected. However, his wealth and fame present irresistible challenges to many of his co-workers, friends and family. It is refreshing to see a female detective go through the same drinking and relationship issues so familiar to male detectives from Phillip Marlowe to Harry Bosch. Despite all her baggage, she is an excellent detective. All the clues are here for the conclusion but I didn’t guess whodunit. It was still nice to see the author twist together all the mystery’s strands into a surprising conclusion. I can’t wait for the next in the series! Into the Night is recommended for police procedural fans. 4 stars! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the sequel to The Dark Lake, so I will be really careful not to put any spoilers in this review. I read The Dark Lake in June and I could not wait to read the sequel. I was fascinated by the setting of Australia, the characters, and the events that took place. The Dark Lake was a slower mystery novel, but had a great pay off. I knew that Sarah Bailey could only grow as an author after that and I was right. Into the Night has a quicker pace that brings back Gemma and puts her into a new setting to explore with new characters to get to know. I really liked the crime Gemma had to solve in this sequel. I loved the Hollywood vibe and the drama that comes along with it! This book had more scandal and intrigue than The Dark Lake had. The Dark Lake affected just the people in the town it took place in. Into the Night affected the greater public. I think because it affected the world as a whole there was more pressure around solving this crime and could be why the pacing was a lot quicker. At the end of every chapter I had to keep going. A new clue would be on the edge of being revealed or revealed. It motivated you to keep going. I liked the connections to the first book when Gemma would have interactions with her family back in Smithson. I wished there was more of a connection though. It was sad to see Gemma making the life decisions she was making. These interactions in addition to Gemma being the same main character were the only elements tying this book to the first book. So the fact that they were minimal made me a little bummed. I wanted Felix to make an appearance and he didn’t. I left The Dark Lake with some expectations that were not met. I’m hoping that in the third book we will see Gemma’s character grow a little more than she did in this book. In my head I was hoping that she would have learned from the mistakes she made in the first book, but she didn’t. Overall this is a great mystery crime series and I’m ready for the next book. If you were hesitant of starting this series, pick it up! If you go into it ready for a slow pace, I think you will enjoy it more. I know someone who put The Dark Lake down for being slow, saw my review of it, picked it back up, and really enjoyed it. If you read The Dark Lake and you weren’t sure if you should continue due to the first book being slow, pick up Into the Night! The pacing gets a lot quicker and you will really enjoy the mystery! I hope you decide to pick this series up! Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to have an e-copy for review.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure - I haven't read the first Gemma Woodstock novel, so I don't know if that would've made a difference in my opinion, but from what I saw of her here, I can't imagine that I'd like her any better. That, in a nutshell, sums up my problem with this story. I never warmed up to Gemma. Flawed characters can work really well in this type of story, but there needs to be something, some redeeming quality to make the reader want to know more about them. I didn't find that with this character. In fact, her continued bad decisions come back on her, which I would expect to happen. The problem is she doesn't learn from them, and it all just becomes irritating. The mystery is a bit too easy to figure out, but still could've made for an okay procedural if not for the repetition and conversations that go nowhere. Other than a few instances where I was left a bit confused by things mentioned - that I assume are from the first book - I was able to follow this one on its own. It just didn't hold my interest like a mystery should have and I found it a little too easy to set aside. To sum it up, what I found here didn't encourage me to want to check out that first book or to follow this series any further.