What Lies Beneath
by Adam Croft
A peaceful Sunday morning in Rutland is shattered when a dead body is discovered on the rocks at Normanton Church.
The victim has been laid out in a crucifixion pose, facing the altar. DI Caroline Hills is certain there’s a religious connection — one which threatens the tranquility of life in the area.
The killer has gone to extraordinary lengths to make the symbolism clear. And the deaths will continue until Caroline and DS Dexter Antoine uncover the truth behind the dark secret — and what lies beneath.
I chose ‘What Lies Beneath’ in audiobook format from my local library. I’ve never read anything from this author before, but I can see that Adam Croft has a loyal fan base for his bestselling list of psychological thrillers.
“What Lies Beneath” isn’t a psychological thriller, but more of a detective crime story. The start of a new series set in the tiny county of Rutland, England, this story opens up with the discovery of a body. A man has been murdered and left in questionable pose on the rocks outside a local church.
DI Caroline Hills has recently relocated from the London Met in a high flying role when she’s called out to investigate this case. In a small, rural town, this isn’t your typical fast paced detective story, but instead we follow Caroline and her DS, Dexter Antoine, as they try to pull together the pieces of this mystery.
I enjoyed this story from start to finish, but in all honesty I found it to be a little tame. It wasn’t really the dramatic, gruesome kind of crime stories I’ve been used to reading recently and in hindsight I found it be quite a nice easy read in comparison. That said, short, snappy chapters kept up the pace and I finished listening in just a couple of days which is always a good sign.
I liked the characters, in particular Dexter, but I don’t feel that I had any particular investment in them and probably won’t rush to read the next in the series, despite the cliff hanger ending. I also found it quite odd that a story told from a female perspective was narrated by a male voice and there were a few other aspects of the narration that I didn’t like that much.
Whilst not my favourite kind of read, I did enjoy this story and am glad to have read it. I liked reading about the county of Rutland and appreciated the descriptions to help me imagine what it might be like, as well as details of the history. I’d recommend the story for fans of a detective murder mystery, especially if you know the local area.
Overall rating: “What Lies Beneath” by Adam Croft is a quaint detective story investigating a murder in the country’s smallest county, Rutland. There were some elements that weren’t too my tastes, but in general I found this to be a quick, enjoyable read. It’s 3 stars from me!