Beneath the Surface
by Lynn H. Blackburn
Series: Dive Team Investigations #1
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company
Publication Date March 6, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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.
I would like to thank Just Read Publicity Tours, Netgalley for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: In Too Deep, One Final Breath
Author Lynn H. Blackburn sprinkles intense suspense with tongue-in-cheek humor and makes it work without seeming contrived in Beneath the Surface.
“No one gets anywhere near your house without going through a police barricade, Leigh.”
“That’s not sustainable. I’m costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars.”
“Hardly. We’ve caught so many speeders, we’re making money on the deal. No one realizes what’s happening. They think it’s a speed trap. And a good one at that.”
Though there were clues about who the serial killer was, they were not overt, and there was some misdirection that had me second-guessing as I read. The investigation was very interesting to read about. I appreciated the fact that so many people and methods were employed. Though the MO of the killer was disgusting, the descriptions were not gory. Plus, I wisely read the story on a Saturday during the day, so I was able to read it when it was light out and finish it in the same day I started. Whew!
The investigators in the story were interesting and very well developed. The fact that they were all believers and had such a close comradery was a nice touch. Anissa’s prayer for the investigation and the meal was so beautiful. I can’t wait to read more of their stories in the next books.
Ryan was Leigh’s brother Kyle’s best friend, and unbeknownst to her, all Kyle’s friends had been warned to not even think about pursuing a relationship with her. While I really like this plot element, I really have to wonder how often this happens in real life, and what in the world those big brothers are thinking! I don’t have a brother, but always figured that falling in love with their friends is the whole reason God gave big brothers to girls in the first place. Isn’t it?
There is a strong Christian message in the story as Leigh struggles with trusting that God cares about her and is working things for her good. It was incorporated very naturally to the story and was very touching and insightful.
The Power of Prayer
by Phyllis Helton
As a part of this blog tour, I was asked to include my thoughts on the power of prayer. Mr. Cook, one of the minor characters in Beneath the Surface, had a reputation for his prayer walks. People said that when he prayed, God answered his prayers.
Jesus gave multiple examples of prayer and encouraged us to pray and not lose heart. James 5:13-16 tells us to pray for all kinds of reasons and ends with these words “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”.
So what is it that makes prayer powerful? I know that I am not righteous by myself; that only comes from Jesus forgiving me of my sins and giving me His righteousness. The power of prayer comes from the God we pray to. He is the one who is powerful and righteous, and He can do far beyond anything we hope or imagine.
Philippians 4:6-7 exhorts us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we expect, but He does always hear us. And when we pray, He will give us that peace that passes all understanding and guards out hearts and minds. If you are lacking that peace, then pray. And pray. And continue to seek Him for that peace, learning more about His love for you so you can trust Him more.
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