Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

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 reac...

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Title:Beneath the Surface
Author:Lynn H. Blackburn
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Edition Language:English

Beneath the Surface Reviews

  • Victoria

    4.5 Stars

    I knocked off .5 stars for a little bit more romance in one scene than I wanted to read.

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    4.5 Stars

    I knocked off .5 stars for a little bit more romance in one scene than I wanted to read.

    The spiritual themes were very much there and that was a nice touch as Leigh comes to terms with why God allows horrible things to happen. While Ryan already knows why, he just needed to learn to let God be the one to work everything out.

    Honestl,y Ryan and Leigh were great, but needless to say I hope there are more books with Adam, Sabrina, Anissa, and Gabe in them because they were so funny and intriguing! Leigh is pretty determined that no one could ever love her, and that is something I can relate to at times.

    The mystery was really well written. It held my curiosity and the twists snd turns kept me on the edge of my seat! Looking forward to In Too Deep!

  • Kara

    Wow, this book was AMAZING from the VERY start and I LOVED every bit of it!! This was my first time reading Blackburn's work, but I'm so looking forward to Book 2 in this series. Leigh has just returned home after having a traumatic stalker experience and is trying to find her momentum again working as a nurse when the attacks against her start up again. Investigator Ryan Parker, best friend to Leigh's brother and friend from high school, gets assigned to a different case located in Leigh's back

    Wow, this book was AMAZING from the VERY start and I LOVED every bit of it!! This was my first time reading Blackburn's work, but I'm so looking forward to Book 2 in this series. Leigh has just returned home after having a traumatic stalker experience and is trying to find her momentum again working as a nurse when the attacks against her start up again. Investigator Ryan Parker, best friend to Leigh's brother and friend from high school, gets assigned to a different case located in Leigh's backyard and it's driving him crazy that he can't get a lead for either case.

    I wanted to say my favorite characters were Leigh's nurse friend, Keri, and Ryan's partner, Gabe, but there was also Sabrina, Adam and Anissa. Gabe is my fave for sure, every time he's in the scene it's just a hoot! I laughed throughout the book with his banter with Ryan, despite his flirtatious ways, he's such a good cop and a good friend. PLEASE make sure Gabe gets his own novel in this series!

    I truly loved every aspect of the police meeting at Leigh's home and discussing every possible lead with her. The dialogue in this book was spectacular, I couldn't get enough of this story as my nose was literally glued to my kindle the entire time reading! And I COULD NOT figure out the culprit and WOW to those attacks...they are clever, frequent and SCARY but SO WELL written!! I was so upset when Officer Pete was hurt in the line of duty, seriously gets to me when cops are hurt in fiction, it's just too real to what happens in real life.

    One great scene is when Ryan and Kirk, Leigh's brother, have a face to face meeting over Ryan's feelings at the end of the book. I really enjoyed that, there was just such unity with these characters and it really made this book a wonderful read despite the dire circumstances this investigation led to.

    I received this ebook free from the publisher via NetGalley, I voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my own.

  • Hannah

    Well, it's not what I expected, but it was definitely interesting! I thought the diving part would play a larger role in the story, but it only is featured at the beginning. Leigh is drawn into the story when the dive team needs to use her lake access to remove a murder victim from the lake. But pretty soon the action ramps up when someone makes an attempt on Leigh's life, very nearly succeeding and landing her in the hospital.

    So that was twist number one. This tale takes the cake for twists, wh

    Well, it's not what I expected, but it was definitely interesting! I thought the diving part would play a larger role in the story, but it only is featured at the beginning. Leigh is drawn into the story when the dive team needs to use her lake access to remove a murder victim from the lake. But pretty soon the action ramps up when someone makes an attempt on Leigh's life, very nearly succeeding and landing her in the hospital.

    So that was twist number one. This tale takes the cake for twists, which kept me guessing all day long while reading it! Though I was quite busy, I was able to finish reading it in two sittings simply because I had to know what happened next.

    I have to say, I loved having an Asian lady as a main character! Leigh was adopted from China as a child and raised in North Carolina, and her brother was adopted from Brazil. I liked this a great deal! All too often, Christian fiction tends to feature characters that look like they came from Maine, the least racially diverse state! I'm not one of those that wants every book to force diversity where it doesn't fit, but this was a nice treat. However, I found myself wishing that Blackburn had described Leigh to us more carefully, because I kept catching myself thinking of her as Vietnamese in feature.

    Predictability: Well, very little, other than in the romantic interest! The killer is a slippery one and hard to think ahead of.

    Content: Okay, so this one got really near the edge for me. If you don't care for really creepy and determined serial killers, make sure to read this one in the daylight! It's quite intense and the killer does mutilate victims' bodies.

    Christian content: a storyline of coming back to God after one's faith has been shaken.

    Overall, a solid four star read and a series I will be continuing. Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy.

  • Victoria Lynn

    4 out of 5 stars.

    This book was well done! I enjoyed it greatly and it kept me reading. The overall storyline was easy to follow, but hard to figure out the ending, just like a proper suspense book should do. The plot kept moving quickly enough that I was constantly turning pages. I think I broke a current record for myself in how fast I read it. It felt good to breeze through a book because it would have been hard to put it down.

    The characters were great! I genuinely enjoyed all of them! Blackbu

    4 out of 5 stars.

    This book was well done! I enjoyed it greatly and it kept me reading. The overall storyline was easy to follow, but hard to figure out the ending, just like a proper suspense book should do. The plot kept moving quickly enough that I was constantly turning pages. I think I broke a current record for myself in how fast I read it. It felt good to breeze through a book because it would have been hard to put it down.

    The characters were great! I genuinely enjoyed all of them! Blackburn took the time to make even the background characters have personalities that shone brightly in the murky mystery surrounding them all. The team that solved the story was the best! I sincerely hope that Gabe Chavez gets his own book. That man had me in stitches. Adam, Sabrina, and Annisa were also worthy second cast characters.

    Ryan and Leigh were an adorable couple. They were so realistic. I loved that Ryan wasn’t your typical self-assured hero with the good looks to go with it. He was unsure of himself at times and his occasional awkwardness made him even more endearing. I loved that he wasn’t perfect, but that he was still a gentleman. Leigh was also sweet. I could feel myself relating to her. She had just the right amount of flaws, enough spunk without going overboard in the feministic department, and enough wisdom to trust those around her to help her out. And enough pluck to remain cheery in a bleak set of circumstances.

    I also enjoyed how Blackburn wove enough humor into the story that it wasn’t depressing in any way, but that it was light hearted enough to be enjoyable without reaching that point where it can be disrespectful. She had a perfect balance.

    Content Advisory: Lots of people died. Let’s just suffice it

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'Somewhere, probably nearby, there was someone who hated her so much they were willing to end her life and possibly a few more. Why?'

    I love discovering new authors and so happy I came across Lynn H. Blackburn. This was a very intricate and detailed suspense novel. I enjoyed it very much and intend to read more from this author. Much like an adrenaline laced episode of Criminal Minds.

    *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. My opinions are my own.

  • Jes Drew

    Cop suspense meets medical suspense in this enthralling caper. I loved all the characters (well, the good guys, anyway. The schmuck who left his wife is somewhere under the murderer in my estimates in line for reader love from me). Ryan and Leigh were so cute together, and so were Adam and Sabrina (even if they don't know it), and all the other people I look forward to reading in the rest of the series. I especially loved the relational dimension of everything, with the characters' entwined past

    Cop suspense meets medical suspense in this enthralling caper. I loved all the characters (well, the good guys, anyway. The schmuck who left his wife is somewhere under the murderer in my estimates in line for reader love from me). Ryan and Leigh were so cute together, and so were Adam and Sabrina (even if they don't know it), and all the other people I look forward to reading in the rest of the series. I especially loved the relational dimension of everything, with the characters' entwined pasts (though, Leigh's brother was a bit annoying. I can understand telling other guys off your sister when you're both teenagers. But when you're married and she's thirty years old and you're still keeping up the don't-date-my-sister stuff, that's a bit extreme).

    As for the suspense, it was really thrilling to think of anything normal in your life possibly being dangerous. Makes you realize all you take for granted in your day-to-day life. To think that someone you may know might be trying to kill you- chilling.

    The mystery was also really good. You really have no idea who it is until they are finally revealed, though I did notice some patterns in the killer's 'MO' (a term this book taught me).

    A thoroughly enjoyable book that I recommend to all fans of Christian suspense and those looking to try it out.

  • Sarah Grace

    Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series, Dive Team Investigations, starts out with a bang.

    First off, the characters. Leigh is an interesting and well-rounded character. Her issues of faith and fear felt very real and relatable. Ryan’s character was also good, and I think I liked him even better than Leigh. I appreciated how he wasn’t your stereotypical perfect specimen of humanity that all the girls fall for. He was awkward at times, bumbling in an adorable way, and didn’t always handle things perfectly.

    Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series, Dive Team Investigations, starts out with a bang.

    First off, the characters. Leigh is an interesting and well-rounded character. Her issues of faith and fear felt very real and relatable. Ryan’s character was also good, and I think I liked him even better than Leigh. I appreciated how he wasn’t your stereotypical perfect specimen of humanity that all the girls fall for. He was awkward at times, bumbling in an adorable way, and didn’t always handle things perfectly. He was realistic.

    Interestingly enough, I think I enjoyed the supporting cast of characters even more than the main characters. From Anissa and Gabe to Adam and Sabrina, they were all such fun additions. Gabe, in particular, was fabulous, and I am really hoping he gets his own book. I adore these types of sidekick characters who perfectly complement the others, yet still have so much depth and personality. He made for some great comedic relief throughout – there were even sometimes I actually laughed out loud – but he also had his serious moments that were just as great. While a supporting character, he was the best character, in my opinion.

    The story gets going pretty quickly and captured my interest. I did feel that a portion of the middle got rather boring and repetitive at times, but it keeps you pushing through to find out “who dun it”.

    The element that I least enjoyed, and the main reason I docked some stars, was the romance. It felt very shallow and based mostly on physical appearances, which always annoys me. Frankly, you could have taken that whole aspect out of the book and I would have enjoyed the story that much more. There was also some semi-detailed kissing/embracing/attraction that was definitely too much for me.

    The themes of faith and trusting God felt slightly shoe-horned in, but were nonetheless very solid and encouraging.

    All in all, I can’t say this was my new favorite novel, but it’s worth checking out if you enjoy romantic suspense.

    Content Advisory: I’d recommend this book for ages 16+.

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  • Liz

    I was pretty excited when I checked this one out..Dive team investigations...sounds intriguing and creepy! Well, the “dive team investigations” part was only in the very beginning. Not really sure why so much emphasis would be put on the dive team aspect when it was only one scene in the very beginning of the book? I would definitely call this a romantic suspense (slash) unrequited love story. Yes, the suspense at the end was definitely a thrill ride! But the majority of the book was two people

    I was pretty excited when I checked this one out..Dive team investigations...sounds intriguing and creepy! Well, the “dive team investigations” part was only in the very beginning. Not really sure why so much emphasis would be put on the dive team aspect when it was only one scene in the very beginning of the book? I would definitely call this a romantic suspense (slash) unrequited love story. Yes, the suspense at the end was definitely a thrill ride! But the majority of the book was two people who had been secretly in love since high school trying to navigate through their feelings. The author did a very nice job of conveying their feelings through her writing and I ended up definitely rooting for Ryan and Leigh! Although, this book was not at all what I expected it was still a good entertaining read!

    **3.50 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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