When it comes to Romantic Suspense, I have pretty strict criteria that the novel must meet before it earns a place on my “keeper” shelf. “In Too Deep” is the second story in Lynn H. Blackburn’s “Dive Team Investigations” series from Revell Publishers, and it is one that I am happy to say meets all of my expectations.
“In Too Deep” is definitely a high-stakes story, with plenty of moments that keep readers on the edge of their seats. It contains a sweet and clean romantic plot, and can be read either as a stand-alone novel or as part of an ongoing series. The characters are lifelike and believable (not all suspense heroines are especially clever, I’ve noticed, but this one certainly is!), and you quickly become invested in what happens to each protagonist.
One of the best elements of the story, for me, is in what it does NOT include… There are no gory details of murder scenes, and although homicides do take place they are handled with care and discretion, (mostly) keeping the troubling aspects to a minimum.
Another powerful aspect of this novel is that I came away with some thought-provoking topics to consider, including the issue of modern-day labor slavery that occurs right here in North America. Christian themes are also explored, and overall it rounds out to be a very well-done novel for any genre, but especially Romantic Suspense. If you are looking for your next story in the Inspirational Suspense genre, I highly recommend giving “In Too Deep” a try.
I am grateful to have received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.