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Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations) Paperback – March 6, 2018
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From the Back Cover
She thought she'd be safe when she moved back home. She was dead wrong.
After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.
Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.
"Lynn H. Blackburn is an amazing new voice in romantic suspense-don't' miss her!"--Lynette Eason, bestselling and award-winning author of the Hidden Identity series
"Swoon-worthy romantic suspense that packs a punch from page one. The nonstop action will keep you guessing until the end."--Rachel Dylan, author of the Atlanta Justice series
"Just when you think you can relax, Blackburn brings you back to the edge of your seat in this riveting, high-tension suspense story."--Patricia Bradley, author of Justice Delayed
Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy and Covert Justice and winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.
About the Author
Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She's passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children.
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Beneath the Surface is the first book in a series about a police dive team. The story is short, and the book can be quickly read over the course of a couple of days. The story centers around Leigh Weston who is the target of a killer, but no one is sure why. She solicits the help of long-time friend and dive team detective Ryan Parker. The 352-page suspense-filled story propels the reader to dive into (pun intended) the book and not come up for air until s/he finds out who is after Leigh and why.
I enjoy a good mystery, and this book did not disappoint. I wasn't able to discern who the killer was until the end, which made it even more enjoyable for me. The reason for my rating is I felt the love story within the mystery was a little contrived. I don't know if it was really needed to make a complete story. Additionally, some of the plot felt a bit unbelievable to me. All of the detectives and police officers got along really well without much conflict or tension. Similarly, the sheriff of the police department approved the detectives spending the night and holding tactical meetings at Leigh's (the victim) home.
In addition to the mystery and romance, the book has Christian and motivational overtones. I enjoyed some of the passages that had a greater message, like this one:
"Life is hard, Parker. Everyone has tough stuff. There's no perfect relationship or perfect job or perfect house that will somehow make your life easy. What throws us for a loop is when life is hard in ways we weren't prepared for. Divorce. Illness. Disability. Money problems. Rebellious kids. Reporters who blow undercover ops. Friends who don't have the good sense to see they are messing up something really good that has fallen in their lap and they'd better fix it before it's too late."
I received a near-final advance review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review on my website. As such, there were some minor typos that I am sure will be addressed at the time of mass publication.
Recommendation: Beneath the Surface has a little bit of something for everyone - suspense, mystery, drama, romance tied up with a little Christian inspiration. I would recommend this book to someone looking to escape reality over an extended weekend.
Until next time ... Read on!
The romance got in the way of the story, in my opinion. It's not that I mind the start of character relationships, but I was under the impression this was going to be a murder mystery. Though there were moments of danger, those seemed to be overshadowed by does he like me or not story. Even some minor characters had the hints of a starting relationship. I felt like my kids whenever they watch a movie with a lot of talking. I just want to skip the dialogue and get to the good stuff! I know, I'm a baby. But I felt like the characters were just repeating the same thing over and over again. Yes, one of them is in danger. Yes, the other has sworn to protect. We get it! It was too much character and not enough investigating for my tastes.
Now on to the positive...
The parts where there was danger? Excellent! Exciting! Brake line cut, poisoning, kidnapping and more! This has all the makings of a great suspense thriller novel. And the part where the dive team finds the body was really what I was expecting. I wanted more of that. The investigating portions were good, though there seemed to be more theories than actual facts thrown around by the characters. This book is part of a series, so I hope the author focuses more on investigating, like an episode of CSI or something. There's great potential here for an exciting series. And yes, even in CSI, I desperately want to skip the character drama.
Readers that enjoy suspense will like this book, but perhaps as long as they know going in that it's more about the characters, they'll be happy. Romance readers will love this book because that seems to be the main focus. Damsel in distress who ends up being more than capable of getting out of a tight situation without any assistance. For healthcare workers, they might like the fact that the main character is an Oncology nurse practitioner. All in all, this is a nice read while on vacation or relaxing on the beach. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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