Book Review: One Final Breath

2 Oct

When investigator Gabriel Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell–a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her–the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

When Anissa’s fractured past collides with Gabe’s investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they’ll have to put their complicated history with each other aside in order to uncover the identity of a killer. What they’ll discover is that revenge has no statute of limitations.

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. Her Dive Team Investigations series includes Beneath the Surface and In Too Deep (a Fall 2018 Okra Pick and 2019 Selah finalist). The conclusion to the series, One Final Breath, releases in September 2019. She is also the author of Hidden Legacy and Covert Justice which won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel.


My Impressions:

Lynn Blackburn sure knows how to keep her readers guessing! In the final book in the Dive Team Investigations series, One Final Breath, the action focuses on not one, not two, but three seemingly unrelated cases. Suspense is amped up and the sparks fly in this romantic suspense. Definitely a recommended read!

Blackburn has created a wonderful ensemble cast of characters in her series, but each book has focused on one couple. In One Final Breath, Anissa and Gabe, once adversaries, have become good friends. The chemistry is there, if only they would admit it! Enemies to friends to something more is developed wonderfully by Blackburn. And while I liked the romantic aspect of the book, it is the suspense-filled action that kept me turning the pages. I read this one in record time because I just had to know how the cases intersected and the identity of the bad guy(s). And boy was I surprised — something that doesn’t happen often. Blackburn created intricate plot lines that came to a credible ending. I enjoyed getting to see favorite characters from the preceding books as they all worked together to solve the cases. Blackburn explores works vs grace, as both Gabe and Anissa strive to make up for past mistakes and perceived blame. While I don’t share any elements of the main characters’ past lives, I could identify with their desire to make things right.

There’s a lot to love about One Final Breath, and one thing to hate — the series is now at an end. 😉 But I look forward to more great books from Lynn Blackburn.


Audience: adults

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(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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