Review: BENEATH THE SURFACE, / by Lynn H. Blackburn

Beneath the Surface, / by Lynn H. Blackburn (Dive Team Investigations, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800729387
Adult     Rating: 4

Lynn Blackburn kicks off a contemporary romantic suspense series featuring an investigative dive team in North Carolina.

In Beneath the Surface, nurse Leigh Weston moves to the small-town of Carrington, North Carolina, hoping to leave behind her recent troubles. Leigh’s big brother Kyle asks high school friend and dive team investigator Ryan Parker to keep an eye on Leigh while he is overseas, telling Ryan about her recent problems with a stalker. When someone tampers with Leigh’s brakes, she turns to Ryan for help. Has Leigh’s stalker followed her from Durham?

Meanwhile, Ryan finds a dismembered body in nearby Lake Porter. When clues reveal a possible serial killer with a connection to Leigh, Ryan works to find the murderer before another victim is discovered. Will he catch the killer before Leigh becomes one of victims?

Blackburn nailed the elements: good storyline, strong likeable characters, with light touch of faith and clean romance. Needless to say, a lot of deaths are described but not in great detail. Blackburn creates characters and a location readers will enjoy visiting through her books.

Interestingly, other than the discovery of the body in the lake, most of the story takes place on land, contrary to the Dive Team Investigation series name. Blackburn supplies plot twists to keep the reader engaged (and guessing!) from the first page to the spine-tingling conclusion. Be on the lookout for the next book in this series, In Too Deep coming in November 2018.

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries and fans of Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, and other inspirational suspense authors.

Carol R. Gehringer

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