One Final Breath – Lynn H. Blackburn – Dive Team Investigations #3 – Revell – Published 3 September 2019
Investigator Gabe Chavez and Dive Team Captain Anissa Bell have a complicated history. But when Anissa’s fractured past collides with Gabe’s investigation of a shooting, they must work together to catch the murderer before someone else dies.
I love Lynn Blackburn’s writing and she has outdone herself with the Dive Team Investigation series. One Final Breath is the third book in the series and I’m going to go out on a limb and say it is the best of the series. Simmering romantic tension between the two lead characters, three investigations with ongoing twists and a strong camaraderie between the Dive team and their respective significant others, makes for a thrilling and fantastic read.
Anissa Bell is the Dive Team Captain, so she is familiar with death and murder. But when she and her friends respond to shots fired in the Lake and must rescue a young girl and the young man she was with, it all hits too close to home and brings up some unwanted memories. Together, Anissa and her team, including Investigator Gabe Chavez, must pull together the threads of the case, even when there is little to go on. But when a seemingly innocent event indicates someone is attempting to hurt Anissa, the case gets personal.
Gabe and Anissa have been arguing, bouncing off each other and ignoring the depths of their growing feelings for the past two books in this series. They make a great team — even if they sometimes drive each other a little crazy. I loved every moment of their interactions, especially when they are verbally sparing, and watching them grow closer and brave enough to open up about their feelings.
But it is not just Gabe and Anissa’s romantic relationship that makes this book so special. Throughout the Dive Team series, we readers have got to know Anissa and her team well. They have such a strong friendship, deep faiths and commitment to finding justice.
The mysteries in this book, of which there are many, are both thrilling and intriguing. It was easy to get swept up in the threads of the story. And there was so much in this book. Just when I thought things might be wrapping up, I realised that I was only half way through and there was so much more to come in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed One Final Breath, as I have enjoyed the Dive Team Investigations series. I highly recommend the series, which should be read in series order for maximum effect, to readers who enjoy suspense novels.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: Christian – Suspense.
Themes: Murder, underwater investigations, kidnapping, detective, friendship, romance.
Advisory: References to murder and violence.
Published: 3 September 2019 by Revell.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 336 pages.