BENEATH THE SURFACE, Dive Team Investigations, Revell/Baker Publishing Group



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.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

Out March 6, 2018


I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.

Character arc development for both Leigh and Ryan was done well, the characters were fully fleshed out and they grew as the story progressed. I enjoyed reading about their interactions which seemed very realistic.

The secondary characters were also well developed, each serving their own distinctive purpose, each fully fleshed out, quirky and flawed.  They helped the MC reach her goals. There was fun and humor having them on board which kept the story interesting.

The story starts off at a good pace, slowed a bit here and there in the middle, but it’s the characters that pushed the story onward toward the ending.  I loved Gabe’s banter and fun character, his flaws were perfect.

The romance scenes were eh! I could take them or leave them.  I don’t think they affected the story in the least and could have been removed without affecting the outcome.  Superficial romance is tolerable but without a purpose in a book, pointless.

The overall “feel” for the book was suspenseful and thrilling.  The question of who dunnit, left to the bitter end.  The author’s voice is genuine and flowing, weaving a tale of mystery filled with plot twists and turns.  My favorite aspect of this story was the character arcs of all the characters.  They were so well-done!  I loved it all.

The mystery and investigation portion was done really well and I will be looking for more work by this author.

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