Body of Lies

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Pub Date 27 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 26 Feb 2024

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Description

DS Gemma Woodstock returns to Smithson in a mysterious new thriller from the bestselling author of The Housemate.

A car crash victim clings to life and is rushed to hospital but can't be saved. Hours later, the body is stolen from the morgue. No one knows who the dead woman was or why her body was taken.

Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is back in her hometown of Smithson on maternity leave when the bizarre incident occurs. She is intrigued by the case but reluctant to get involved, despite the urging of her journalist friend Candy Fyfe. But in the days after the body goes missing, the town is rocked by another shocking crime and Gemma can't resist joining the investigation.

Candy and Gemma follow the clues the dead woman left behind. As they attempt to discover the identity of the missing woman, Gemma uncovers devastating secrets about the people she thought she knew best. The closer Gemma gets to the truth, the more danger she's in. She desperately needs to confide in someone – but is there anyone she can trust?

A gripping, white-knuckle thriller from the bestselling author of The Dark Lake and The Housemate.

DS Gemma Woodstock returns to Smithson in a mysterious new thriller from the bestselling author of The Housemate.

A car crash victim clings to life and is rushed to hospital but can't be saved. Hours...


Advance Praise

'Sarah Bailey just gets better and better. Body of Lies is nuanced, compelling and so very entertaining.'
Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands and The Seven

'Bailey blasts through more twists in the first fifty pages of Body of Lies than some writers manage in a whole book.'
Jack Heath, author of Kill Your Brother

'With Body of Lies, Sarah Bailey proves she is the master of the relatable protagonist and the queen of dramatic tension. I defy readers to put down this book once they start.'
Hayley Scrivenor, author of Dirt Town




'Sarah Bailey just gets better and better. Body of Lies is nuanced, compelling and so very entertaining.'
Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands and The Seven

'Bailey blasts through more twists in the...


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ISBN 9781761069178
PRICE A$32.99 (AUD)
PAGES 480

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Featured Reviews

This fourth instalment in the Gemma Woodstock series is a perfect jumping-on point for readers new to one of Australia's top-shelf crime writers.

"Body of Lies" has a killer hook—the unidentified corpse of a car crash victim is stolen from the Smithson morgue—and Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock, back in her hometown on maternity leave, is compelled to investigate.

Bailey expertly renders Woodstock's multifaceted investigation, ratcheting up the personal and professional stakes, and keeps readers off-balance right through to its nerve-racking end. You'll be hard-pressed not to wolf it down in a single sitting. Bailey just keeps getting better.

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DS Gemma Woodstock is back from maternity leave and returns to her hometown of Smithson with some surprises in store for us in this one.

She arrives to find a the body of woman has been stolen from the morgue, with no explanation. Why would someone want to take the victim of a car crash? The team race to find the thief and the identity of the woman and Gemma's long term reporter friend, Candy, joins in the hunt to solve the mystery. But the town experiences another shocking crime and it is clear to the team that Gemma may be in danger, as she gets closer to the truth.

This one was full of action and mystery! It was so nice to see old characters return, along with some new ones that really moved the story along. The author did such a great job of creating intrigue and suspense with some big twists. I enjoy her writing style so much and it was fabulous to be back with Gemma again. A fabulous novel and one I highly recommend.

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