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In Too Deep

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Dive Team Investigations
Book Two
Lynn H. Blackburn
Genre: Suspense / Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: November 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 352
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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.

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“Fans of Dani Pettrey’s “Alaskan Courage” thrillers will enjoy this nail-biter of a series opener, which will also be appreciated by romantic and psychological suspense fans.”
— Library Journal
“Just when you think you can relax, Blackburn brings you back to the edge of your seat in this riveting, high-tension suspense story.”
— Patricia Bradley, author of Justice Delayed
“Blackburn’s Beneath the Surface is completely engaging from the very first page. Dive Team Investigations is bound to be a new favorite series for readers everywhere.”
Christian Market

Meme text: "There, written in permanent marker on the victim's abdomen, were six words. They killed me. Ask Adam Campbell."

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Clueless Gent’s Rating

5 star rating

In Too Deep takes Lynn H. Blackburn’s writing game to a higher level. I thought Beneath the Surface was a great start for a new series, but this second entry to the Dive Team Investigations series is even better – or deeper if you’re into the whole pun thing.
But seriously, I thought the character development was awesome, as was the storyline. And don’t get me started on the pacing! Okay – I’ll start: the pacing was edge-of-your seat, hurry-up-and-read good!

Why In Too Deep is SO GOOD!

The story begins with the aftermath of a car that went off the road and into the creek. Since the car was now submerged, the dive team was called in. However, this story quickly gets personal for one dive team member.
We then learn that the accident may not have been an accident, and human trafficking may be involved. Further, it isn’t about sex trafficking but modern day slavery! And it gets worse. There are potentially so many people involved that the team isn’t sure who the good guys are.
With that plot, Blackburn did an amazing job of establishing the conflict and raising the stakes. But she’s not done yet!
The story is mainly told through the POV of the main characters, investigator Adam Campbell and Dr. Sabrina Fleming. However, Blackburn periodically and deliciously throws in the POV of the unknown baddest of the bad folks. Thus, we know the bad person is there, and we’re sometimes privy to just how close we are to that person’s end game. But it doesn’t seem to make any sense.
Sabrina again helps the dive team with her computer security and forensics skills, but someone seems to be afraid of what she might find, so the team assigns Adam to provide protection. As Adam and Sabrina try to deny their mutual attraction to each other, they also become personally connected to the case. For each of them, the outcome of the case could hold significant consequences to their families.

Technically Speaking

I don’t recall very many SPAG errors, if any. However, to be truthful, I was so wrapped up in the story that I may have completely missed them.

The character arcs are just wonderful! This applies to not only the main characters, but some of the supporting cast had some unexpected arcs.

I briefly touched on the pacing earlier, but I’d like to expound. I can’t imagine the pacing in this story to ever be any better: it’s perfect! The build to the climax begins unexpectedly, but it isn’t rushed. When we arrive, the climax happens quickly, but Blackburn ensures that we don’t miss anything.

But wait – was that really the climax? That’s a very good question, and you’ll have to read the story yourself to get the answer. But I’ll be a sport about it and give you a small hint. For one of the main characters, that light at the end of the tunnel isn’t really the end of the tunnel. It’s the train, and it’s coming to call. I didn’t see it coming. Will you?

I give In Too Deep my highest recommendation!

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.
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Grand Prize: Print Copies of Both Books in the
Dive Team Investigations Series
+ Hydro Flask, Candle, & Bath Bombs
2nd Prize: Print Copies of the Series + $25 B&N Gift Card
3rd Prize: Print Copies of the Series + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
November 6-15, 2018
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