Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn
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 <spoiler> to say that it was about a serial killer who had killed at least over 20 people over the course of their life, possibly more. Gruesome murdering that aren’t described until post event. Peril, attempted choking, poisoning, etc. Quite a few kisses between the main couple. <spoiler/> (highlight invisible text to read spoiler)
Overall, I was impressed with Blackburn’s knowledge that made it quite realistic and her crafting of an enjoyable, suspenseful ride was well done. I would see myself enjoying reading this again.
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