A strong beginning: "Beneath the Surface" by Lynn H. Blackburn

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about the book....

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.

my review....

Lynn H. Blackburn has crafted a high-octane suspense novel that will keep you guessing as you devour chapter after chapter. I was initially drawn to this book because of the intriguing world of underwater investigators, and I can confirm that this premise satisfies in every way as the body found by the dive team in Lake Porter sets in motion a series of events with totally unforeseen consequences. I enjoyed the mounting tension that grows over the course of the novel as the key players are racing to uncover who exactly is behind the murders. Books where I am just not quite certain of who the villain is are the best kind, and such is the case here! The scenes are chock full of action, and the plot well laid out from beginning to satisfying end. And those readers hoping for a touch of romance are going to love the way that Leigh and Ryan bring their long-standing friendship full circle, with endearing moments and a dash of humour thrown in as well. Blackburn has also introduced a cast of supporting characters who are every bit as intriguing as Leigh and Ryan, nicely setting things up for future books to come. The socially awkward but brilliant Sabrina has already endeared herself to me, and I am certain that the book she stars in is going to be fabulous!

"Beneath The Surface" is a great addition to the world of Christian romantic suspense, and a very strong beginning to the "Dive Team Investigations" series. I am confident that readers will enjoy the book for its delightful mix of suspense, romance, and characters you will grow to care about. I award the novel a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Lynn H. Blackburn
Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the Surface, Hidden Legacy, 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 Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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