Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
In the hottest summer on record, Iron Lake reservoir is emptying, revealing secrets that were intended to stay hidden beneath the water. The tragic story of a missing man is a media sensation, and abruptly the writer and the cop falling in love is just a postscript to horrors neither could have imagined.
Best Selling Horror writer Chris Lassiter struggles for inspiration and he’s close to never writing again. His life has become an endless loop of nothing but empty pages, personal appearances, and a marketing machine that is systematically destroying his muse. In a desperate attempt to force Chris to complete unfinished manuscripts his agent buys a remote cabin. All Chris has to do is hide away and write, but he’s lost his muse, and not even he can make stories appear from thin air.
Sawyer Wiseman left town for Chicago, chasing the excitement and potential of being a big city cop, rising the ranks, and making his mark. A case gone horribly wrong draws him back to Lancaster Falls. Working for the tiny police department in the town he’d been running from, digging into cold cases and police corruption, he spends his day’s healing, and his nights hoping the nightmares of his last case leave him alone.
What Lies Beneath (Lancaster Falls Trilogy #1) by R.J. Scott is a delicious dive into the first installment in a three part murder mystery series. Told from two points of view and grounded so thoroughly in small town politics and “in your pocket” interpersonal relationships that you feel both the charm and the suffocation of the Lancaster Falls atmosphere immediately.
RJ Scott builds a very accurate picture of small town life, all the good and the bad, from the perspectives of two men, Chris and Sawyer, who have both grown up in such circumstances, albeit in different towns. It has left an indelible mark on both men, and it’s not exactly all great one. But ironically it’s where both men have been drawn back to after the lowest moments in their lives. Chris, after a horrendous breakup now has the writer’s block to end all writer’s block and a contract deadline to meet. Sawyer? Well, he has his own multiple demons that haunt him. All from this past. And it brought both men to Lancaster Falls.
How they meet, how RJ Scott builds this creepy mystery or mysteries,all while folding in the history of the town and the reservoir that’s draining from the drought, its mud caked bottom being slowly exposed…it’s masterful! It has the effect of sending chills up your body while making you lean forward towards your Kindle wanting to know, full of anticipation, what is going to happen next.
There’s the horror and empathy you feel towards the family and friends of the missing man. The terror that starts to build as a clearer picture forms for the overall arc Scott is creating for the trilogy. Plus the intense connection to the romance of Chris and Sawyer, one they fall into fast, lust to love but somehow it works with these two.
The descriptions set the tone, worthy of the horror writer that Chris is himself. The pace RJ Scott sets for her characters and plot brisk and often heartstopping. This is going to be one addictive trilogy and I’m almost, I said almost sorry I didn’t wait until they were all done, so I could binge read all the way through. Now I have to wait until fall because where this stopped? Argh! Perfect…if you love frustration. Yes, I need that next story!
Yes, I love this story. And the characters and now I want to pound on something because I want the next story. But oh well. Until I get it, I’m highly recommending this one to all who love M/M murder/mystery romances and of course, the writings of R.J. Scott.
ebook, 254 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Love Lane Books (first published July 12th 2019)
Original Title What Lies Beneath
Edition Language English
Series Lancaster Falls Trilogy #1