Genre: Suspense / Romance / Christian Publisher: Revell Date of Publication: November 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 352
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When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop—or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.
Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming—a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills—to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.
The truth could set hundreds free—but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems, and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.
PRAISE FOR BENEATH THE SURFACE, BOOK ONE IN THE DIVE TEAM INVESTIGATIONS SERIES:
“Fans of Dani Pettrey’s “Alaskan Courage” thrillers will enjoy this nail-biter of a series opener, which will also be appreciated by romantic and psychological suspense fans.” —Library Journal
“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
“Blackburn’s Beneath the Surface is completely engaging from the very first page. Dive Team Investigations is bound to be a new favorite series for readers everywhere.” —Christian Market
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
“They killed me. Ask Adam Campbell.”
These chilling words self-written on the body of a recently deceased woman set the stage for an increasingly intense and action-packed book filled with pulse-pounding suspense and a thrilling conclusion!
While the story is full of danger that continues to ratchet up as the pages fly by, I greatly appreciated the author’s ability to develop main characters that I was also extremely invested in. Sabrina and Adam are so completely relatable that they often seemed to jump right off the page. Not only do their personal interactions with each other hint at their vulnerabilities, but their professional involvement demonstrates their respect and admiration for one another. The family dynamics and strains plaguing them added depth and emotional understanding to so much of their individual decision-making, yet their conversations with each other were uplifting and spoke volumes about the beautiful and adoring relationship they gradually open themselves up to.
“Unfortunately, many of my colleagues believe science and faith are at odds with each other instead of seeing how they are, in fact, beautifully interwoven.”
I was such a fan of how the author combined the religious nuances into the overall story. I felt that it realistically presented the internal dialogue one would have throughout the day in striving towards a deeper connection with a higher authority. The touches of faith provided some much needed calm within the sea of so much illegal activity, betrayal, and greed. As the clues began to point to some of the worst aspects of the human condition, the characters’ prayers and Christian references became an encouraging beacon of hope.
Although I had not read the first book in the series, BENEATH THE SURFACE, I never felt that I was missing anything. Small details were included to address issues from the previous story, but rather than feeling spoiled, I was intrigued enough that I want to read from the beginning to get the whole picture. The secondary characters created such a fantastic friend group that it was hard not to fall in love with them. I’m looking forward to more with Gabe, so here’s to hoping he will be the focus of the next book!
Overall, this was thoroughly entertaining, hard to forget, and I can’t wait to read more! Additionally, the author’s ability to seamlessly communicate all levels of the investigation in such a dynamic way makes this a solid choice for fans of police procedurals as well.
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 Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.
Grand Prize: Print Copies of Both Books in the Dive Team Investigations Series+ Hydro Flask, Candle, & Bath Bombs2nd Prize: Print Copies of the Series + $25 B&N Gift Card;3rd Prize: Print Copies of the Series + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Lynn H. Blackburn! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!