Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn – Review

Posted April 25, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways /

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Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn - Review

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn – Review

Beneath the Surface

by Lynn H. Blackburn

Series: Dive Team Investigations #1
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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
Pages: 352


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 received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: In Too Deep, One Final Breath

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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.

Tour Schedule

JustRead Publicity Tour Landing Page

April 23
Create Explore Read – Author Interview
A Baker’s Perspective – A Day with Special Agent ___

April 24
Savings in Seconds – Quote Hightlight
Grace in Our Moments – Guest Post from Author

April 25
Christen Krumm – Guest Post from Author
Among the Reads – Beneath the Surface & the Power of Prayer

April 26
Blooming with Books – Character Profile
Fiction Aficionado – Did you know this about diving investigators?

April 27
Remembrancy – Photo Tour of Carrington
Stories by Gina – Quote Highlight

April 30
The Christian Fiction Girl – Quote Hightlight
Daysong Reflections – Underwater Investigations & Evidence

May 1
Worthy 2 Read – Quote Hightlight
Kat’s Corner Books – Beneath the Surface with International Adoption

May 2
All of a Kind Mom – A Character Like Me
Robin’s Nest – Quote Hightlight
Edits & Reviews by Leslie – Food Beneath the Surface

May 3
By the Book – Quote Hightlight
Cafinated Reads – Quote Highlight

May 4
Book by Book – Playlist
Pacific Northwest Bookworm – Cookies Beneath the Surface


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About Lynn H. Blackburn

Lynn H. Blackburn loves writing suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy—but her grown-up reality is that she’s a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters and loves putting them into all kinds of terrifying situations—while she’s sitting at home safe and sound in her pajamas!

Her Dive Team Investigations series kicked off in 2018 with Beneath the Surface and In Too Deep (A SIBA Okra pick and Selah Award Finalist). The 3rd book in the series, One Final Breath, releases in September 2019. She is also the author of Hidden Legacy and Covert Justice, which won the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel and the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense. Lynn lives in South Carolina with her true love and their three children. You can follow her real life happily ever after at and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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8 responses to “Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn – Review

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review and the information on “Beneath the Surface” by Lynn H. Blackburn as well as for being part of the book tour. Loved the answer to the power of prayer.

    I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. O Phyllis, this is beautiful. First, thank you for being a part of the tour. And your review was so much fun! Love the fact you said you read it during the day. (I did not!! EEK!)

    And your prayer note, so true. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    • Yeah, I am a wimp when it comes to scary things. One time I was reading The Oath by Frank Perritti at night. Then I had gotten up in the middle of the night and hadn’t turned the light on. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had also awakened and walked past me and I screamed! He banned me from reading scary books at night ever again. 🙂

  3. I love how everything comes back to do we trust God. One of the favorites passages is Proverbs 3:5-6. It reminds me that this world does not make sense but I know a God who does. I can only imagine what Leigh is running from and how she has to confront it. God reveals everything another reason I am drawn to the title.