“Beneath the Surface” by Lynn Blackburn

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“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.”

Okay, I have a confession to make. I initially picked this book because I thought this might be another author in the style of Dee Henderson or Dani Pettrey (two of my favorite suspense authors). Consequently, when I started reading I was guilty of comparing this book with their books and that is certainly not fair to the author. So I will just state that if you’re looking for another Dee Henderson, this isn’t the book to choose, but if you want a suspense book that stands on its own feet without relation to others, then you just might wanna try this one out, ’cause I really enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters, and particularly Leigh with her background of being adopted and just her loving family story. I’m very much looking forward to the other characters’ stories in the following books!

The story moved forward at a really good pace and kept me wondering what would be discovered next (well okay, a couple ‘discoveries’ were slightly predictable, but ya know, it did have to follow through in a logical sequence). The one thing that I was slightly disappointed in was *Spoiler* the fact that ultimately the culprit was someone we didn’t really know, but had only appeared incidentally in one scene. *End of Spoiler*

The spiritual content was good, being steady throughout, and I enjoyed Leigh’s journey of turning to God again after having been raised in a Christian home (somewhat cliched though it may be).

Lastly, the only thing I’ll mention is that the romance did get a little syrupy as the story progressed. I prefer less, “he thought, and then she wondered” etc, etc, etc. but overall it is to be expected so I can’t complain too much.

I’m giving this a 4 star rating and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series which will be Adam’s story.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

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