Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 5, 2018

‘Beneath the Surface’ could have been better


Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations Book #1)

SPOILER ALERT:  (One paragraph of my review contains a spoiler.  It will be marked.

The first book in Lynn Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series, “Beneath the Surface” takes place mainly on land, so if you are looking for an underwater adventure, you will be disappointed.  Even the scene that takes place beneath the waters of Lake Porter is very short.

What was meant to be a training exercise of the Carrington County Sheriff’es Office dive team became a murder investigation and a threat to the life of a local nurse practitioner.  Leigh Weston had recently returned to Carrington after a stalking experience that left her fearful and paranoid.  However, a serial killer connected to her is not enough to raise her paranoia level to follow the advice of the police detectives assigned to her case.

As smart as the author tries to characterize Weston, she comes across as lacking in common sense.  The detective (who is her love interest) also seems to lack some of the insight most detectives should innately bring to the table when applying for the job. But, then again, if either of them had been as careful as they should have been, the story would never have moved along.

[SPOILER] And if you think you are going to remotely discover who did it from the clues presented, you will be disappointed because if the author ever mentions the guilty party, it is so very brief that I do not remember the encounter.  In fact, the party doesn’t make an appearance until the end is near.  In my opinion, this is a dirty trick and, quite frankly, there is another character I thought would have been a better choice. [end of spoiler]

So, even though I thought the plot had promise and the book kept me in suspense, I was let down by the ending and disappointed in the main characters. Judging from the many five star reviews, I wonder if I might have missed something.  Even so, I just couldn’t like the main characters although I did enjoy the interaction Gage brought to the group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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