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Truth never dies…

In Too Deep.jpgBook Review: In Too Deep (Dive Team Investigations: Book 2) by Lynn H. Blackburn

Blurb courtesy of Amazon:

When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop–or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming–a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills–to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free–but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.

Here we go….

Again, can we just take a moment here and appreciate the cover. It practically screams mystery and suspense, which is great considering that is its genre. I love the detail and thought that was put into this cover, it perfectly sets the mood for the opening scene.

Right from the start, In Too Deep sucks you into a world of mystery. You are immediately immersed in the lives of these six friends and you feel you must learn more. The friendship between the group is tangible as they work together to solve this terrible crime. Blackburn has a way of getting these characters tangled in your heartstrings…I love a book that can make me worry endlessly about fictional characters.

Probably one of my favorite aspects, God is prevalent throughout the entire story. Nearly from page one, His presence is felt as Sabrina prays for Adam. I had that perfect ‘awww’ moment within the last hundred pages. I won’t spoil the story, but during one of their more difficult moments, Adam tells Sabrina, “I’m praying for you, right now.” It was perfect and heartfelt, and it showed how much he truly cares for her. Their faith and belief was so easy and natural. Sometimes when you read about characters relationships with God it feels stilted or forced. That is not the case here. Adam and Sabrina talk about God with an easy grace that is devoid of any doubt.

In Too Deep reminds us that God is everywhere…even when we feel like He’s not. When the bad things happen, God is there. When the good things come our way, God is there. We should never forget that He has our best interests at heart, even when we go through heartbreak.

Blackburn gives you the characters souls. I honestly could not tell you what the hair or eye color of anyone was, and I don’t mind that a bit. She probably gave that information, but I was so wrapped up in their minds that I never grasped what they actually looked like physically. That’s how we should all see one another. It’s not this outward appearance that matters, it’s our heart and our soul that matters. I saw Sabrina the way Adam saw Sabrina. I could see her beauty in her generosity, her love of others, her strength, and her willingness to put aside what she wanted to do what was needed.

Romance sort of takes a backseat in this one, allowing the suspense to fully develop and pull you in. I nearly gave myself a headache trying to figure out who was the mastermind behind it all, and it was worth every second. I can’t wait to read the next book in this fantastic series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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