Recovering from a near fatal accident, artist Finn Barret returns to Seal Island in Maine to rest and recuperate. But Seal Island is haunted with memories, some sweet, some sad; three years ago Finn found his lover in the arms of Fitch, Finn's twin brother. Since that day, Finn has seen neither Conlan nor Fitch. In fact, no one has seen Fitch.
What happened to him? Did Fitch run away, as everyone believes? Or did he meet a more sinister fate? To put the past to rest - and see if there's any chance of a future with Con - Finn must discover the truth. But the deeper he digs, the more reason he has to fear Con is the only one who knows what truly happened to Fitch...
Note: Originally appread in the Partners in Crime: The Art of Dying anthology.
This is another Josh Lanyon that I previously read in 2014 but for some reason I never reviewed it so I gave it a re-read and I loved it even more the second time around. The blend of romance and mystery is done amazingly and bordering on noir. You can't help but feel Finn's heartbreak, first at finding his lover in his twin's arms three years earlier and now finding out that his twin hasn't been heard from since. Could this tale have been better if it had been a bit longer and had more scenes between the brothers? Perhaps. Truth be told, it is pretty darn near perfect for this reader as is.
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.