About the Author:
Dr Sara Bailey left Orkney to go to London aged 16. After working in a variety of different jobs from mortuary attendant to stage manager on Les Miserables, she studied part time and went on to University. She has an MA in Women’s History, an MA in Creative writing as well as a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing. Her first book was published by Bloomsbury in 2013, Writing the Horror Movie, which she co-authored whilst hiding behind a cushion. In the 80’s she saw a lot of bands and married a keyboard player from Spandau Ballet, with whom she has two children. Divorced but still friends, she has recently returned to Orkney and married an Orcadian. Dark Water is her first novel.
Blurb of Dark Water:
When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from. Her best friend, the charismatic Anastasia, disappeared after a swimming incident. But what really happened that night by the wrecks? An intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession.
Firstly, I would like to thank Jacqui and the publishers for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Dark Waters is a debut novel by Sara Bailey BUT trust me you would not be able to tell it was her first novel! It is brilliantly written, easy to read and fast paced. I loved the setting of the story (Orkney), it seems perfect and I would love to go there myself from what was described of Orkney within the book. I really enjoyed this story, not too short and not too long either (224 pages). The ending is open to your personal view of what you think happened however, the story does guide you to one point of view but its like a cliffhanger with the ending YOU know…
I think Dark Water would make a great film, I liked all the characters within the story as they stood out individually in their own way and all had something to tackle in life whether that is the future, an illness, love, sex, a business or hidden secrets. This is a story about Helena (the main character) who returns home to Orkney but while she is home there is a school reunion party… Will Helen attend? Will Helen ever let the past go? Will she stay in Orkney or go back to London? If these are questions you’re asking yourself you NEED to buy this novel. I would highly recommend it to you all. The story does flicker from Helen’s childhood (PAST) to Helen now but the author has set that out clearly so there is no confusion and it switches in between quite smoothly and perfectly, making the story whole. A brilliant novel to get sunk into which is why I awarded five stars.
Dark Water is perfect for readers who enjoy a brilliant drama, thriller, mystery and suspense filled story which would also be perfect for those who enjoy a bit of young adult reading. Dark Water will be released on the 3rd of October 2016 and is currently 99p on the kindle store, so go pre-order or buy when released and read the story for yourself. See what you think. Secrets cannot be buried forever… Enjoy, I did.