Review: Depth of Lies by E.C. Diskin

Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (September 26, 2017)

From When Shea Walker, a sunny, easygoing mom, is found dead in a bathtub with a stomach full of booze and pills, the shocking discovery shatters the complacency of her comfortable suburban community.

Kat Burrows, Shea’s longtime friend and former neighbor, is hit hardest. How could a woman she thought she knew so well come to such a sordid end? What could lead happy, well-adjusted, responsible Shea to accidentally overdose on alcohol and narcotics? Or, worse, drive her to suicide?

Compelled to uncover the truth of Shea’s final months, Kat delves beneath the orderly surface of her familiar world to discover a web of thwarted desire, shameful secrets, and shocking betrayal that suggests a scarier explanation for what happened to Shea. As her carefully constructed reality begins to crumble, Kat must question every reassuring assumption her life is built upon to solve the mystery…and summon the courage and resourcefulness to survive it.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Depth of Lies could not be a more appropriate title for this story! It seemed as though nearly everyone in this story had some secret, or outright lie that they were covering up, and I loved being there along with Kat as she tried to unravel the truth among the stories. In fact, more than once I had a feeling I knew how the ending was going to go only to be pleasantly surprised. This was a brilliant look at the fact that things are not always as they appear to be, and sometimes - even the happiest of people are hiding things you never would have suspected.

The characters are all diverse, from the ones we see a lot of, to the ones we only see in the background - each brings something to the story (even if we might not like their attitudes all of the time). 

I think it is worth noting that normally, I am not a big fan of stories that include flashbacks as I typically find them tedious and hard to distinguish between them. However, this author did a wonderful job of blending what happened then (i.e. when Shea was alive), and now. 

Overall, I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy a good whodunit novel. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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