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Publisher's Note:

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…

Beneath the Surface

by Lynn H. Blackburn

Overall Book Review:

Dive Team Investigations debuts with Beneath the Surface.  Lynn H. Blackburn has penned an action-adventure-romance that is full of all sorts of potential suspects and motivations.  The story jumps right into the action and readers sort of have to wait to really get to know the characters.

The author writes a story which keeps readers interested, but the focus of the story is more on the relationships.  This allows the book to be less of a intensely eerie plot and yet one in which scary things are happening.  It is more appealing to those who love reading romance, but don’t like especially creepy reads.  Blackburn is able to combine the two genres in a way that feels natural.

The main characters in the story are brought to life and their personalities come through pretty clearly.  So many great options are out there for subsequent books.  Readers will find themselves hoping the next book covers the person they want to read about most. (Don’t worry, the end of the book has a sneak peek.)  One thing about the ending of this book, the author hints at the antagonist’s motivations, but it is never clearly mapped.  The reader is expected to read between the lines, or one might say beneath the surface.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Multiple bodies are discovered in various states of decay all appear to be missing heads and limbs, references are made to these throughout the book; brakes are cut on a car resulting in a crash; a person wants to hit someone; report of a person being threatened with a gun; many attempts are made on someone’s life including poisoning, explosions and physical attacks; a character is choked; a person is kidnapped, tied up and threatened with death; a character is fatally shot.

Sex/Nudity:  Report of a person’s marital infidelity; a deceased character is believed to have deceived multiple women into marrying him; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of parents, marital infidelity, murder.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

No actual usage, but hospital staff suppose a person could be under the influence of some type of drug.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.