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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 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 façad


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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 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 façad

30 review for In Too Deep

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    Y’all In Too Deep gripped me! When this happy piece of book mail arrived in my box, I couldn’t wait to read it. Of course, I had to wait until the kiddos went to sleep, but once they did I entered Carrington, North Carolina. There is so much that goes on. Not just suspense wise. Not just romance wise. But let’s solve a crime that’s more complex than anything you can think of. I LOVED it!! I had to make myself go to bed at midnight–I have kids I must sleep–but I woke up extra early to finish and b Y’all In Too Deep gripped me! When this happy piece of book mail arrived in my box, I couldn’t wait to read it. Of course, I had to wait until the kiddos went to sleep, but once they did I entered Carrington, North Carolina. There is so much that goes on. Not just suspense wise. Not just romance wise. But let’s solve a crime that’s more complex than anything you can think of. I LOVED it!! I had to make myself go to bed at midnight–I have kids I must sleep–but I woke up extra early to finish and boy am I glad I did. I did not see what was coming. I mean I knew something was coming because of the amount of pages left (thank goodness the back didn’t trick me with extras), I just didn’t know what. And when that what was revealed–whoo! All in all, I was happy with this read even more than I was with book 1, Beneath the Surface. And I eagerly await book 3! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required not influenced.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    Wow! What a great addition to the series. I had high exceptions for this story after loving book #1 and it definitely lived up to it. There’s so much action in this book which I loved. Sabrina, the main character, had to visit the hospital twice within 12 hours because of multiple attacks that were made on her. This book is definitely fast paced. ;) The mystery side of things was intriguing with the case of human trafficking. I absolutely love how everything fell into place towards the end and h Wow! What a great addition to the series. I had high exceptions for this story after loving book #1 and it definitely lived up to it. There’s so much action in this book which I loved. Sabrina, the main character, had to visit the hospital twice within 12 hours because of multiple attacks that were made on her. This book is definitely fast paced. ;) The mystery side of things was intriguing with the case of human trafficking. I absolutely love how everything fell into place towards the end and how they were able to put a stop to it. It was all very interesting and will keep you reading. I fell in love with these characters in book #1 and I just loved getting to read about them all again. They are such a fun group of friends who always have each other’s backs. I’m definitely hoping to see a book about Gabe next. ;) I have throughly enjoyed this series so far and I definitely recommend it! *I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange of my honest review. All thoughts are my own.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    Whoa- that was a thoroughly gripping story. RTC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    For anyone who read Beneath the Surface last year, that sneak peek at In Too Deep definitely left you ready for it’s release! Good news for us all!! The wait is over. While the entire team works together to solve what initially could be labeled a suicide, the focus is on Adam, the white collar crimes investigator with a family everyone in Carrington knows and Sabrina, an intelligent professor who helps the team with all things online. Sabrina is adorable naïve when it comes to picking up nuances w For anyone who read Beneath the Surface last year, that sneak peek at In Too Deep definitely left you ready for it’s release! Good news for us all!! The wait is over. While the entire team works together to solve what initially could be labeled a suicide, the focus is on Adam, the white collar crimes investigator with a family everyone in Carrington knows and Sabrina, an intelligent professor who helps the team with all things online. Sabrina is adorable naïve when it comes to picking up nuances with body language and, sometimes, verbal hints. While she’s a genius, her social interaction make her likable. Adam’s got some issues with his family but when it push comes to shove, they love each other. Lynn H. Blackburn brings these characters to life within the pages. From their interactions with each other—the banter is great—to their professional positions, each person in this group has a unique personality. And then there is the added suspense—and oh, boy, is there a lot of it in this new release with plenty of twists and turns (a couple resulting in a few trips to Leigh’s emergency department). I loved catching up with Leigh and Ryan and getting to know Sabrina and Adam better. Next up, Gabe (and I’m hoping Anissa as I feel like things have been brewing between them for two books).I have a feeling Blackburn is saving the best for last. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jes Drew

    In Too Deep is about my favorite couple of the first book of the Dive Team Investigations, so I was very happy and excited about that. Just like the first book, the action was intense and the romance was just waiting for a quite moment to bloom (plus, another couple I've been shipping since the first book seem to be finally hinting at a future romantic relationship...), and the stakes are high as ever. My only real complaint is that the book is just so sad. The hero's backstory is sad (and he's In Too Deep is about my favorite couple of the first book of the Dive Team Investigations, so I was very happy and excited about that. Just like the first book, the action was intense and the romance was just waiting for a quite moment to bloom (plus, another couple I've been shipping since the first book seem to be finally hinting at a future romantic relationship...), and the stakes are high as ever. My only real complaint is that the book is just so sad. The hero's backstory is sad (and he's my favorite character, so that's unacceptable), and the heroine's entire life is sad. I mean, I suppose it's realistic to life, especially dealing with the heavy content that it does, but, still, it made me... sad. Still, I love the characters and look forward to reading further in the series and watching the next romance bloom (especially if it's that one couple I've been shipping since book one....). I received a complimentary copy from the author, and the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    4.5 stars. 4.5 Stars Blackburn knocks it out of the ballpark with In Too Deep, book two in the Dive Team Investigations series! To be honest, after being a bit disappointed by book one, Beneath the Surface, I didn't have very high expectations for this one. But Blackburn exceeded those expectations and then some! From page one, I fell in love with the main characters, Investigator Adam Campbell and Dr. Sabrina Fleming. Both of them are such strong, well-rounded, realistic characters on their own, 4.5 stars. 4.5 Stars Blackburn knocks it out of the ballpark with In Too Deep, book two in the Dive Team Investigations series! To be honest, after being a bit disappointed by book one, Beneath the Surface, I didn't have very high expectations for this one. But Blackburn exceeded those expectations and then some! From page one, I fell in love with the main characters, Investigator Adam Campbell and Dr. Sabrina Fleming. Both of them are such strong, well-rounded, realistic characters on their own, and together, they are simply fabulous. As I observed in Beneath the Surface, Blackburn's background characters are pure gold. Gabe Chavez is always great for lightening the tension with his epic sense of humor, but I also enjoyed seeing his more serious side in this book, and I am looking forward to seeing more of him and Anissa in book three. It was also good to hear from Ryan and Leigh again. The interactions and relationships between the entire dive team are just awesome. The story itself moves along very quickly and there is no lack of suspense and edge-of-your-seat moments. The story takes an interesting and unexpected turn near the end that leaves you guessing. Unfortunately, I guess the villain very early on in the story, so that ruined a bit of the suspense for me, but I was still able to enjoy the story. The main subject - human trafficking - is a subject very near to my heart, so I found that aspect very interesting. I appreciated how Blackburn didn’t go into too many nitty-gritty details, yet still accurately portrayed the atrocity of modern day slavery. The romance was very sweet and clean, which, not being a fan of the romance in the first book, I greatly appreciated. Blackburn also has a very laid back and casual writing style which I am not typically fond of, but I appreciated it in a setting like this one. Overall, I greatly enjoyed In Too Deep, and this one is going on my favorites shelf! If you are looking for an fast-paced suspense read with a sweet romance and fabulous characters, then this one is for you. Content Advisory: Mentions of labor trafficking and the sex trade, although not in detail. A murder, an attempted murder, and mentions of an illegitimate child. As for the romance aspect, nothing went beyond the occasional kiss. FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'An untested and unchallenged faith is unproven.' Lynn Blackburn takes us into book 2 in her Dive Team Investigations series with this offering and it's quite a good ride, too! Investigator Adam Campbell is called to the scene of a car submerged in a lake and there is a very cryptic clue on the victim. All the team have is her laptop and a few flash drives. Enter Dr. Sabrina Fleming, who is a crazy good computer forensics expert and professor. Between them and other members of the team, they hope 'An untested and unchallenged faith is unproven.' Lynn Blackburn takes us into book 2 in her Dive Team Investigations series with this offering and it's quite a good ride, too! Investigator Adam Campbell is called to the scene of a car submerged in a lake and there is a very cryptic clue on the victim. All the team have is her laptop and a few flash drives. Enter Dr. Sabrina Fleming, who is a crazy good computer forensics expert and professor. Between them and other members of the team, they hope to solve this crime quickly. However, soon Adam's family is implicated and both Adam and Sabrina have attempts made on their lives. What has the victim discovered that someone wants to keep hidden so badly that they want to murder again to keep that from happening? Deftly told, Blackburn immerses (pun intended) her readers into the action from the very beginning and keeps them occupied until the very last page is turned. I couldn't wait to finish it. Now I look forward to the next in the series very much. Highly recommended. *My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book. My opinion is entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    You know that moment when you reach the end of a really good book and you have the sudden urge to charge up the highest mountaintop with a megaphone in hand so you can holler out a proclamation of epic proportion about a not-to-be-missed book? Because you just can't stand the thought of somebody missing out because they might not know about it? Well, that's me right now over In Too Deep. Serious reader nirvana magic. Especially if you are a romantic suspense lover! And if you favour quirky heroi You know that moment when you reach the end of a really good book and you have the sudden urge to charge up the highest mountaintop with a megaphone in hand so you can holler out a proclamation of epic proportion about a not-to-be-missed book? Because you just can't stand the thought of somebody missing out because they might not know about it? Well, that's me right now over In Too Deep. Serious reader nirvana magic. Especially if you are a romantic suspense lover! And if you favour quirky heroines and quietly intense heroes and awesome team dynamics and a complicated suspense that's layered with intrigue and danger and all things sinister. So we have Sabrina who is adorably literal -- brilliant scientific mind, a technology whiz but not able to navigate normal social cues. Love the way the team accepts her and how patient and understanding Adam is of her unconventional ways. He's been in love with her practically since the day he met her but he's so cautious and a little bit bumbling which makes him great fodder for lots of good-natured ribbing from his friends. And then crazy happens and suddenly emotions are heightened and how can he not say something while he still has a chance?! Phew!!! These two together are sweet and amusing with a sizzling side of toe-curling! And I love the way Blackburn has included a strong inspirational thread throughout the story. It flows naturally from the faith of each team member and brings a spiritual focus to the tough subject matter. "...it's not about how big our faith is. What matters is how big our God is." In Too Deep was impossible to put down yet I was reluctant to reach the end. The kind of novel you love because it's glorious and you hate because it doesn't last forever.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Dive Team investigations book# 2 I received this book from the publisher Revell through the first reviewer program for my honest and unbiased thoughts. The blurb sounded good: “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's team calls in Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a cybersecurity and computer forensics expert.” This book has an interest Dive Team investigations book# 2 I received this book from the publisher Revell through the first reviewer program for my honest and unbiased thoughts. The blurb sounded good: “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's team calls in Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a cybersecurity and computer forensics expert.” This book has an interesting premise and it started just fine but things went south and fell apart not long into it. What I thought was a mystery surely wasn’t... where was the suspense? In my books, “In Too Deep” is more of a Christian romantic fiction than anything else and a soft one at that. This should have been an exciting read but it was far from it. First, the two protagonists Adam and Sabrina had a thing for each other but never let on and this feeling went on well over the 1/3 of the book. Yuk, I was starting to get impatient. After all, wasn’t this supposed to be a mystery with suspense and some action….no no no, not for over 100 pages. Then here came the “God-ism” and prayers, the religious connotations are quite superfluous and just plainly cut into the flow of what could have been a good story. Although Ms. Blackburn did not over do this it was still bothersome. The plot had many holes and simply did not come across as realistic. Sabrina came up with answers based on what; there were neither explanations nor real investigation. The main characters were not bad players they were just too bland for my taste….The last few chapters brought some suspense and were captivating although it ended in what I would call a romantic dream…..awe…..“In Too Deep” is not a bad book at all. The story simply was not my cup of tea but it may be yours…

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This is one of those books that "wows" right from the start. Characters fully developed and great interaction between characters enable them to move flawlessly through the story line. The chemistry between the male and female protagonists is strong and sweet. This is a clean, squeaky clean, read but it still has those moments of heart enveloping romance. Again, squeaky clean. The mystery or suspense that is discovered by the team of investigators becomes more and more convoluted as they discover b This is one of those books that "wows" right from the start. Characters fully developed and great interaction between characters enable them to move flawlessly through the story line. The chemistry between the male and female protagonists is strong and sweet. This is a clean, squeaky clean, read but it still has those moments of heart enveloping romance. Again, squeaky clean. The mystery or suspense that is discovered by the team of investigators becomes more and more convoluted as they discover bits and pieces in their trail leading to a solution to why the lady in the submerged van was murdered. Living in North Carolina this story hits home as we see many people from other lands serving in hotels, spas, nail parlors and working the farms and restaurants. The investigative team delves into the computers and other evidence using forensic skills uncovering layer upon layer of information that leads to a solution of not just the murder but other criminal activity. A story that keeps the reader mentally and emotionally engaged; turning the pages discovering more and more in this deep dive into a shady side of life in North Carolina. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    IN TOO DEEP is the second book in Ms. Blackburn's Dive Team Investigation series, but it easily stands alone. I did read the first Beneath the Surface and vaguely remember it, but I don't think I would've been lost if I hadn't read it. I have to say I LOVE Adam. He is so sweet and sensitive and handles teasing from his coworkers well (who call him a pretty boy because his family is wealthy). I also loved Sabrina and how beautifully clueless she was until she well, wasn't. I did kind of wonder wh IN TOO DEEP is the second book in Ms. Blackburn's Dive Team Investigation series, but it easily stands alone. I did read the first Beneath the Surface and vaguely remember it, but I don't think I would've been lost if I hadn't read it. I have to say I LOVE Adam. He is so sweet and sensitive and handles teasing from his coworkers well (who call him a pretty boy because his family is wealthy). I also loved Sabrina and how beautifully clueless she was until she well, wasn't. I did kind of wonder what point her Rosita story had to do with anything in the beginning of the book, but I knew the author put it in there for a reason and so I kept it in the back of my mind and went on. The suspense is great. There is actually two different cases to solve, that are - but are not - related. Who killed the woman whose body was in the lake and why was someone targeting Sabrina? I didn't have the beginning of a clue - which is saying a lot for me with Romantic Suspense and I had to keep reading to find out. I highly recommend IN TOO DEEP if you love romantic suspense or know someone who does. Grab your copy now. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Cangahuala

    This book needs to be categorized as Christian fiction. Or, to be even more accurate, Christian romantic mystery. I read it thinking it was a regular mystery thriller, and it wasn't. Normally, this wouldn't really be a big deal, but in this case it was, and I'll explain why. The book started out with an interesting premise. A woman is found having driven off a bridge and been killed. When Detective Adam Campbell and his dive team investigators are assigned to the case, they find suspicious circum This book needs to be categorized as Christian fiction. Or, to be even more accurate, Christian romantic mystery. I read it thinking it was a regular mystery thriller, and it wasn't. Normally, this wouldn't really be a big deal, but in this case it was, and I'll explain why. The book started out with an interesting premise. A woman is found having driven off a bridge and been killed. When Detective Adam Campbell and his dive team investigators are assigned to the case, they find suspicious circumstances -- it's possible the woman was actually killed before being placed in the car, and she was an accountant for a number of high-powered people. Adam's team calls in Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a cybersecurity and computer forensics expert. Here's where things start to fall apart. First of all, Adam and Sabrina have a little history. They have been friends for a long time, but Adam has always had a thing for Sabrina and never let on, and Sabrina has always had a thing for Adam but never let on. This is all fine, no problem. But for over 100 pages, the book is basically just delving into this non-relationship relationship. I thought I was supposed to be reading a mystery thriller. The plot made almost no progress in the first 100 pages. But I was feeling generous. I realized I was actually reading a romantic mystery. Ok, I like romantic mysteries, I just had my expectations wrong. So no problem, let's keep going. Now there are plot problems. Sabrina comes up with the wildest conclusions based on almost no evidence. She baffles those around her, and then she won't explain how she came up with her conclusions. I think the author intends for her to come across as some sort of eccentric genius (especially since she can't read people well), but it just comes across feeling preposterous. The plot feels as if it's written by someone who has zero experience in police work, computer forensics, or criminal investigation. It doesn't feel real or realistic. Now to what I said at the beginning -- the fact that it bothers me that this is Christian fiction and not billed as such. Why did it bother me? Because the author just throws in random character thoughts about God and prayer, and it feels gratuitous, like she felt obligated to throw these things in in order to keep it Christian. Whereas other authors' books may include gratuitous sex, this book includes gratuitous "God-isms," and I find it off-putting and almost offensive. And I'm Christian. The religious references aren't preachy, but they simply don't fit, are superfluous, and should just be edited out. They disrupt the flow of the writing, so what's the point? So with all the above problems, by the time I got to page 106 I started skimming really fast. I didn't want to read any more, but I was obligated to finish the book because I received an ARC. To be fair to the publisher and the author, I needed to read the whole thing before giving it a review. But it was difficult for me to finish; I really disliked the book, and it was all the more disappointing because it had so much potential.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I loved being back with this team, and saying hello again to old friends, but this can be read alone, but once you devour this one you will want to read the first book in this series. It didn’t take long to become completely immersed in this mystery, and page-turning to find answers. I changed my mind a few times as to what was going on. But loved the strong faith of the main characters, and with all that was happening and going on they lived their faith in God. If you enjoy a really good, action I loved being back with this team, and saying hello again to old friends, but this can be read alone, but once you devour this one you will want to read the first book in this series. It didn’t take long to become completely immersed in this mystery, and page-turning to find answers. I changed my mind a few times as to what was going on. But loved the strong faith of the main characters, and with all that was happening and going on they lived their faith in God. If you enjoy a really good, action packed story this is one you don’t want to miss, it also includes some really sweet romance, and love for fellow man. I hope that there will be another book in this series! I received this book through Revell Reads Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lori Jorgensen

    Second book after Beneath the Surface. Can I just say WoW!! Keeps you glued to the pages till the end. In this Adam and Sabrina have to break the ice and admit or don’t admit feelings about each other. Who killed the accountant and why? All packaged inside this amazing book

  15. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Awesome suspense with a great plot, characters and writing. Loved this book. I received an advance copy of this and this is my unbiased review .

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The story grips the reader from the start. The suspense was riveting. I enjoyed the story of Adam and Sabrina. The courtship was sweet. The faith aspect was just right. The narrator was outstanding. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This one is so sad! Don’t get me wrong - it is an EXCELLENT book - but heartbreakingly sad and redemptive and ultimately full of healing and a pair of swoon-worthy protagonists. ;) Here’s hoping there’ll be more books in this series VERY soon!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    In Too Deep is the thrilling second instalment in the Dive Team Investigations series. I think, if it’s possible, I loved this book even more than the first one. The writing style is so easy to sink into - perfectly balanced between details and dialog. The characters are a wonderful team of friends that I love hanging out with. The mystery totally hooked me and the ending was a big surprise. And the romance is utterly charming. In Too Deep had everything I look for in a romantic suspense novel a In Too Deep is the thrilling second instalment in the Dive Team Investigations series. I think, if it’s possible, I loved this book even more than the first one. The writing style is so easy to sink into - perfectly balanced between details and dialog. The characters are a wonderful team of friends that I love hanging out with. The mystery totally hooked me and the ending was a big surprise. And the romance is utterly charming. In Too Deep had everything I look for in a romantic suspense novel and I can very highly recommend it. When Adam Campbell and his fellow dive team investigators help recover a submersed car and the body found within, they are shocked to find a message that seems to tie the case to Adam himself. Adam calls on computer forensic analyst Dr Sabrina Fleming to decrypt the dead woman’s computer and help piece together the clues of the case. But someone is willing to do anything to keep their secrets safe, and Adam and Sabrina and the rest of the dive team soon find themselves in a killer’s crosshairs. In Too Deep returns readers to the wonderful dive team. Like the first book in this series, there isn’t a whole lot of diving involved, just the initial recovery of the submersed vehicle, but the team works closely together to untangle the case. Familiar characters from the first book are all present, and it’s wonderful to return to this close group of friends and colleagues. I do love a good bit of detective work, and that’s exactly what Adam, Sabrina, Gabe, Anissa, and Ryan have to do to uncover the details of why the woman’s death and how her accounting work seems to link to human trafficking. From undercover work at grand parties to deep dives into the woman’s life, forensic accounting and even using personal memories to piece together the case. There is also plenty of action as the team must fight to survive a killer’s wrath - from up-close attacks to rocket launch blasts. And the best thing? I totally didn’t see the ending or the bad guy coming, so the end was a big surprise and it was awesome to be kept so in suspense. Throughout the novel, alongside the action and detective work, there is the developing relationship between Adam and Sabrina. I really enjoyed these characters, both as individuals and as a couple. Sabrina is deliciously clueless about Adam’s feelings for her, and about social interactions in general, which made her hugely likeable and relatable. She is also clever on a genius level, so she has an important role to play in the case. Adam is charming and a gentleman, but also a little shy. He has loved Sabrina from afar for the past two years and never worked up the courage to ask her out or fill her in on his feelings for her. I also really liked that there was no professional reasons or restrictions that kept Adam and Sabrina from exploring the growing feelings between them as they work the case. Full of suspense, a complicated case, solid detective work and a charming love story, In Too Deep was deliciously delightful. I cannot wait for the next book (please, please let it be Gabe and Anissa’s story). While the series flows really nicely with the continuation of the main characters in each book, there is no reason you couldn’t read these as standalone titles. So what are you waiting for? Dive into In Too Deep today! The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Fans of the first Dive Team Investigations will be thrilled with this new installment. Adam and Sabrina’s story is so much better than I expected and I loved every single minute I got to spend with them. After a car is found submerged in a lake the dive team is called in to recover the body. What they find is more than any of them expected: an encrypted laptop and a message linking the dead accountant and investigator Adam Campbell. Adam calls in his friend, Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a computer securi Fans of the first Dive Team Investigations will be thrilled with this new installment. Adam and Sabrina’s story is so much better than I expected and I loved every single minute I got to spend with them. After a car is found submerged in a lake the dive team is called in to recover the body. What they find is more than any of them expected: an encrypted laptop and a message linking the dead accountant and investigator Adam Campbell. Adam calls in his friend, Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a computer security and forensics expert, to help figure out what is on the laptop. With each layer they peel back, more about the case is revealed showing things are much more sinister than they originally thought. Their dead woman has information on a human trafficking ring that might involve some of Adam’s own family. There is more at stake here than solving a murder and Sabrina has to decide how much she is willing to risk to solve the case and maybe confront her feelings for Adam in the process. Lynn H. Blackburn hit it out of the park with the first Dive Team book and the follow up is even better. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get into Adam and Sabrina’s story as much as I did with Leigh and Ryan, but I am happy to report I fell more in love with the story of Adam and Sabrina. Something about the way they had known each other for so long and yet let this stressful situation bring them together at just the right moment felt right. The story was tight and the romance so real I felt like I was one of the characters cheering them on and in agony when they were in trouble. One aspect of a strong writer is the way they can weave the tension into the dramatic high paced scenes as well as any other. It doesn’t take a high speed car chase to move a story along or keep readers on the edge of their seat. If it is done right, edge of the seat scenes can be between two people just talking or in need of help in some way. Blackburn did a fantastic job of bringing the tension at all the right moments. I was hooked from the very beginning and didn’t want the story to end at the last page. I can’t wait to see what book three will bring. Even though this is the second in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone, but I would still recommend reading the whole series so you don’t miss out on an excellent story. I recommend this book to readers that enjoy romantic suspense with an element of faith. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    In Too Deep is a great addition to the Dive Team Investigations series that takes place in Carrington, North Carolina. The story starts off with the dive team called to recover a car that had gone off the double bridges over Lake Porter. The victim in the car had already been recovered by a good Samaritan trying to rescue her but it was too late. It appears to be a suicide until a message on the victim's stomach addressed to team member, Adam Campbell, is noticed. In the car, a laptop, is found In Too Deep is a great addition to the Dive Team Investigations series that takes place in Carrington, North Carolina. The story starts off with the dive team called to recover a car that had gone off the double bridges over Lake Porter. The victim in the car had already been recovered by a good Samaritan trying to rescue her but it was too late. It appears to be a suicide until a message on the victim's stomach addressed to team member, Adam Campbell, is noticed. In the car, a laptop, is found and local professor of cybersecurity and computer forensics, Dr. Sabrina Fleming, is called to the scene to help preserve it and recover the files on the computer. Sabrina and Adam became friends a couple of years ago and worked on a case the prior Spring. As a precaution, Adam helped Sabrina get the laptop to her lab and secured in a safe. He asked a patrol officer to periodically drive by her place that night to ensure she was safe. When she is attacked while on a run around her family's property early the next morning, it becomes apparent that someone thinks that she might find something on the computer that they don't want her to find. Security is stepped up and the team all stay together at a friend's place on the lake as the case progresses and the danger increases. The more they investigate the case, the more attempts to kill Sabrina, Adam and others. The dead victim is Lisa Palmer, an accountant, who had clients who are wealthy and appear to be involved in illegal activities. As the case unfolds, the activities are found to be not only illegal accounting practices but involve possibly human trafficking. The book grabs from the first page until the end and has all the things that make a great faith themed suspense with danger, mystery, teamwork and support among friends with a touch of faith and romance. I received a complimentary ARC of the book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    WOW. In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn definitely shocked me. I'm not sure what I was expecting, except I definitely knew that I wasn't expecting a beautiful, well-written, and well-solved suspense. I haven't read suspense in a good couple of months, and In Too Deep definitely makes me want to read more suspense. Why is this? Ms. Blackburn's characters aren't shallow, for one. They're not perfect. They have depth, character, and personality. Yes, they have flaws. But underneath they have a plain WOW. In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn definitely shocked me. I'm not sure what I was expecting, except I definitely knew that I wasn't expecting a beautiful, well-written, and well-solved suspense. I haven't read suspense in a good couple of months, and In Too Deep definitely makes me want to read more suspense. Why is this? Ms. Blackburn's characters aren't shallow, for one. They're not perfect. They have depth, character, and personality. Yes, they have flaws. But underneath they have a plain good core. This isn't really common among today's fiction, so I loved seeing that. The plot and storyline didn't have many gaps at all- I definitely loved reading about how they cracked the case. I would say it was pretty realistic as far as suspenses go. One thing- the content. In Too Deep is a completely clean novel- however, it does briefly touch on heavy topics, like human trafficking. I wasn't uncomfortable reading it as it was viewed as a negative thing and was NOT glorified at all, but I did want to point that out as a heads-up to those who might get triggered easily when reading something like that. :) Faith, redemption, forgiveness- Christian themes like those- weren't central to the plot, so I wouldn't consider this as a book with heavy Christian elements. However, the characters are mostly all Christian, and many times characters encourage each other to trust in God, pray, etc. Overall, In Too Deep was just... beautifully written. Gorgeous cover, amazing writing style, and a complicated but well-weaved and understandable plot. What's not to love about a suspense novel like that? I highly recommend this book and will definitely be looking for more books by Lynn H. Blackburn. 4 stars. "This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews & Reviews."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense. It contains a good balance of character development, police procedure, and romance. The plot of this novel centers on human trafficking. I was a bit surprised that it was labor trafficking rather than sex trafficking. I can see how those coming from terrible situations can be tricked into a type of slave labor, even legal immigrants. I like Adam and his law enforcement coworkers. It was good to see how they are loyal to each other and always ready to he I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense. It contains a good balance of character development, police procedure, and romance. The plot of this novel centers on human trafficking. I was a bit surprised that it was labor trafficking rather than sex trafficking. I can see how those coming from terrible situations can be tricked into a type of slave labor, even legal immigrants. I like Adam and his law enforcement coworkers. It was good to see how they are loyal to each other and always ready to help. Sabrina is an interesting character. She's a computer geek and lacks insight into social indicators. I have known people like her so the character seemed very realistic. There is plenty of suspense. At times I thought maybe Sabrina and those protecting her were not too smart, allowing suspense to happen. She went for a morning run by herself after being threatened, for example. While it was on private property, she was attacked. Future protection proved better. I do recommend this novel to readers who enjoy good characters, plenty of suspense, an informative topic for the plot, and some romance. The major characters are Christians and that was presented well. Despite the cover and the title, there is very little about diving in the novel. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna (More Than a Review)

    In Too Deep by Lynn Blackburn. This book has solidified Lynn as one of my must-read and go to authors. Sabrina and Adam are one of my all-time favorite fictional couples. Sabrina is quirky and ridiculously smart. You cannot help but love her and her interactions with her friends. Adam is a gentleman in the 21st-century and rocks it. He comes from old money and still followed his dream to be a police officer. His interactions with his family make for interesting scenes in the book. I love the rel In Too Deep by Lynn Blackburn. This book has solidified Lynn as one of my must-read and go to authors. Sabrina and Adam are one of my all-time favorite fictional couples. Sabrina is quirky and ridiculously smart. You cannot help but love her and her interactions with her friends. Adam is a gentleman in the 21st-century and rocks it. He comes from old money and still followed his dream to be a police officer. His interactions with his family make for interesting scenes in the book. I love the relationship he has with his parents. The author also did a great job of keeping all the characters engaged in the storyline. So for those of us would read the first book it was great to see Ryan and Leigh. Waiting for Gabe story is absolute torture. There were so many quotes and sayings in the book that I just love and want to share. You may see them on my social media. I’m so excited to have found this author. She is definitely someone to watch. Blackburn has a gift for developing character to fall in love with. She creates fabulous relationships and scenes between Adam and Sabrina and nonstop action. She creates intelligent characters and it’s fascinating to watch as they think through the case. If you are looking for an awesome writer. I highly recommend her

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Wow. This woman was actually helping them solve her murder from beyond the grave." "They killed me. Ask Adam Campbell." Chilling words self-written on the abdomen of a drowning victim. What did they mean exactly, and why had Lisa Palmer, a prominent local accountant, tried to contact Investigator Adam Campbell just days before her demise? When the deceased's laptop is brought to the surface of the river where she allegedly drowned, the Carrington County Sheriff's Department turns to loc 3.5 stars "Wow. This woman was actually helping them solve her murder from beyond the grave." "They killed me. Ask Adam Campbell." Chilling words self-written on the abdomen of a drowning victim. What did they mean exactly, and why had Lisa Palmer, a prominent local accountant, tried to contact Investigator Adam Campbell just days before her demise? When the deceased's laptop is brought to the surface of the river where she allegedly drowned, the Carrington County Sheriff's Department turns to local professor of cybersecurity and computer forensics, Dr. Sabrina Fleming, for help retrieving dozens of encrypted files. Adam and Sabrina have maintained a curious friendship; platonic on the surface but deep around the edges. Working on this case together already has the potential to either preserve or destroy the precious tie that binds them. A thrilling blend of romance and intrigue, "In Too Deep" adds great depth to Blackburn's "Dive Team Investigations" series, even though her best may be yet to come. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    In Too Deepby Lynn H. BlackburnRevellChristianPub Date 06 Nov 2018I am reviewing a copy of In Too the Deep through Revell and Netgalley: Adam Campbell is a white collar crimes investigator, the dive team is called to recover a body from a car that was underwater. What they aren't expecting to find is an encrypted laptop that has an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the victim, a dead accountant. In order to recover the files from the laptop Adam turns to his friend Dr Sa 
In Too Deep
by Lynn H. Blackburn
Revell
Christian
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
I am reviewing a copy of In Too the Deep through Revell and Netgalley:
 Adam Campbell is a white collar crimes investigator, the dive team is called to recover a body from a car that was underwater. What they aren't expecting to find is an encrypted laptop that has an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the victim, a dead accountant.
 In order to recover the files from the laptop Adam turns to his friend Dr Sabrina Fleming a professor at the local university who has unparalleled computer and forensic skills. As they dig deeper the investigation only gets more deadly. Soon the 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. Revealing the truth can sets hundreds free but someone is willing to silence them at all costs. I give In to the Deep five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    I unintentionally finished this book is 24 hours. I just couldn't put it down! Solid plot, endearing characters, and the most adorable romance <3 Surely Lynn H Blackburn us an author to keep an eye out for! Adam and Bri are just so much fun hanging out with - Adam with his gentleman ways and Sabrina with her authenticity. It's impossible to not cheer for them and want to punch whoever is trying to put them in danger. And danger they are as supposed names attached to legacies are threatened, but a I unintentionally finished this book is 24 hours. I just couldn't put it down! Solid plot, endearing characters, and the most adorable romance <3 Surely Lynn H Blackburn us an author to keep an eye out for! Adam and Bri are just so much fun hanging out with - Adam with his gentleman ways and Sabrina with her authenticity. It's impossible to not cheer for them and want to punch whoever is trying to put them in danger. And danger they are as supposed names attached to legacies are threatened, but all this journey teaches where true treasure and worth is to be found. I really appreciated how informative this novel was, talking about a relative topic which I did not have an idea of the depth of the tragedy it actually is. Definitely, has me reflecting afterward. Now I'm impatiently waiting for the next book :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Magnificentk

    In Too Deep is a non-stop action-packed suspense novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. Lots of plot twists as Adam Campbell tries to solve a murder with the help of college professor and computer genius Sabrina Fleming. I love Sabrina’s quirky character as she tries to explore her feelings for Adam. The intriguing story line kept me hooked with the constant threat of danger. I highly recommend for fans of suspense novels. It’s the second book in the Dive Team Inves In Too Deep is a non-stop action-packed suspense novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. Lots of plot twists as Adam Campbell tries to solve a murder with the help of college professor and computer genius Sabrina Fleming. I love Sabrina’s quirky character as she tries to explore her feelings for Adam. The intriguing story line kept me hooked with the constant threat of danger. I highly recommend for fans of suspense novels. It’s the second book in the Dive Team Investigation series, but it could be read as a stand-alone (although Beneath the Surface is another great suspense read.) I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    I remember being wowed by the first book in the series Beneath the Surface. This second book In Too Deep gets a double wow. Lynn H Blackburn spins an incredible and fast-paced romantic suspense complete with non-stop action, an intricately and tightly woven plot with gasp-worthy twists, a thought-provoking look at modern-day slavery, and wonderfully memorable characters. If you enjoy contemporary inspirational romantic suspense, this book is a must read! In this book, we get better acquainted wit I remember being wowed by the first book in the series Beneath the Surface. This second book In Too Deep gets a double wow. Lynn H Blackburn spins an incredible and fast-paced romantic suspense complete with non-stop action, an intricately and tightly woven plot with gasp-worthy twists, a thought-provoking look at modern-day slavery, and wonderfully memorable characters. If you enjoy contemporary inspirational romantic suspense, this book is a must read! In this book, we get better acquainted with Sabrina, the brainy, dedicated, and somewhat socially awkward professor of tech and cyber security and Adam, our diver team homicide investigator who comes from money and privilege. If you read the first book, you would already know that there is definite attraction brewing between these two but their story can definitely be read as a stand-alone. Adam is incredibly sweet but so insecure and hesitant because he’s never been wanted for who he is, only for his family’s name and money. Sabrina and Adam are thrown together again as Sabrina’s life becomes threatened and a homicide investigation spins out of control. Such nail-biting suspense!! I can’t wait for Gabe’s story next. Hopefully it will be Gabe and Anissa....? I was given a copy of this book from the author and Baker Publishing Group and was under no obligation to to post a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Second in the Dive Team Investigations series, In Too Deep is supercharged with tension and suspense as detectives try to learn why and by whom an accountant was murdered. The computer forensics consultant is assaulted, and she and part of the investigative team are almost killed by an RPG later that day. The team is a tight-knit group of highly-skilled men and women who are friends and co-workers. The underlying crimes are complex and horrible. Adam Campbell was at his family’s monthly luncheon Second in the Dive Team Investigations series, In Too Deep is supercharged with tension and suspense as detectives try to learn why and by whom an accountant was murdered. The computer forensics consultant is assaulted, and she and part of the investigative team are almost killed by an RPG later that day. The team is a tight-knit group of highly-skilled men and women who are friends and co-workers. The underlying crimes are complex and horrible. Adam Campbell was at his family’s monthly luncheon which most family members dared not miss. Being a white-collar crime investigator and on the dive team wasn’t the kind of job a Campbell should hold, so when Adam was called in, the family was unhappy. The team was assembled when a woman’s partially submerged car is found in Lake Porter. There were no indications that she tried to swerve or stop the car, so her death was probably a suicide until the ME saw words written on the woman’s tummy in permanent marker. “They killed me. Ask Adam Campbell”. He didn’t recognize the lady until hearing her name, Lisa Palmer, in the office to see him that week when he was testifying in court. Her appointment was for the following day. A laptop was in her car, and Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a professor at the nearby university who helps the police when damaged equipment needs data restored, was called. From the day Adam met her two years earlier, he wanted to get to know her better. Sabrina is humble, yet confident in her file research and restoration abilities. Adam followed Sabrina to her lab to make sure she got in and out safely. Another officer followed her home and gave her his phone number when Adam was called to the victim’s home. The following morning, Sabrina is assaulted and left to die. From there it only gets more challenging – almost killed by an RPG later that day, Adam and Sabrina are determined to get to the bottom of Lisa’s secrets and catch whoever is behind the murder and attempted murders. The secrets they find, however, involve many families, including Adam’s and Sabrina’s. Adam, Sabrina, and the dive team are strong and well-defined, people I would want to work with. I think highly of Adam, but Sabrina and Leigh, fiancé of team member Ryan, are my favorites. They are women who have grown through challenges and trials. Being an introvert, I appreciate Sabrina’s reticence and how Leigh gently draws her out. Adam and his friends are believers whose walk match their talk, including praying for what their needs. This novel is intense and riveting from beginning to end. The action rushes from one clue to the next, resulting in discovery of the depravity of the underlying crimes. Despite where the investigation leads, the team persevered to seek justice. I enjoyed watching Adam’s grandmother change through the investigation. Adam’s family, with a lifetime of being part of a town founding family that owns about a third of the town, doesn’t protect their own from justice for the grievous crimes. It was a challenge to accept that these are crimes prevalent around the country today; I learned a lot. Much is packed into these pages, making it a novel that appeals to many who appreciate Christian thrillers laced with a bit of romance. I highly recommend In Too Deep; it can be read as a standalone, but don’t miss the first novel, Beneath the Surface. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this from the publisher and author and was not required to provide a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    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 be 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!

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