One of the characters in this clever debut novel remarks that “this town is full of secrets.” And it surely is. The town is an imaginary Australian one, with a deep lake as its foal point, indeed the lake itself is almost a character too. When a young drama teacher, Rosalind Ryan, is found, early one morning, in the lake, her dead body is strewn with red roses. A tribute to her beauty, perhaps? An apology from the murderer?