If you think you know your friends, think again. A page-turner of a thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door.
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.
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About the Author
E.C. Diskin is the author of the bestselling novels The Green Line and Broken Grace. She lives outside Chicago with her family. Find out more about E.C. and her work at www.ecdiskin.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book threw me for a loop. I kept thinking as I turned the pages that you can never really know another person. There is always that part that is kept hidden, even from husbands and wives, best friends and family. If it wasn't for her friend, lots of secrets and dark unexpected twists would have been kept hidden. Such a well crafted book. Literally the last person I ever suspected. I loved the little hints that were dropped leading the reader into a maze blindfolded. Recommended to everyone who loves unexpected twists and dark secrets. Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Depth of Lies by E.C. Diskin is a perfect blend of mystery, crime, and sleuthing, a well-crafted novel with compelling characters and a beautiful setting. Shea Walker is a woman that many like in her community, a mom who seems to have no problems, until she is found in the bathtub in unusual circumstances, overdosed with drugs and filled with alcohol. It's an event that startles everyone in her small suburban community, but her long-time friend, Kat Burrows, unable to reconcile with the fact that her jovial and responsible friend had reason to commit suicide, decides to dig deeper into the victim's life. Was it an accident or suicide, or did someone stage a suicide? Kat is about to discover a part of the victim she never knew — dark secrets, desires, and betrayal. Is she ready for what is buried beneath her friend's personal life? Has Shea's outward bubbly personality and responsible calm been a subterfuge, concealing a life of duplicity? E.C. Diskin starts with a strong premise — a woman who seems to be loved by everyone and happy with her life dies in a way that contradicts the values she exhibited in life. The reader is intrigued and, like the characters in the drama, wants to find out what happened to her and what happens next. Kat Burrows' curiosity is justified by the strong connection she has with the victim and her desire for truth and closure. The plot evolves steadily with deep layers of secrets and surprises, and it is interesting how the protagonist's deception grows with the unveiling of each piece of the mystery. The story is emotionally and psychologically rich, which augments the keen sense of realism imbued in the narrative. The setting is vivid, with beautiful descriptions of locales and the social atmosphere within which the story takes place; it is cinematic. Depth of Lies is cunningly plotted and the unpredictability of the plot creates the kind of suspense that makes the story a gripping one. While this is not a run-of-the-mill detective story, it does feature a character with a strong need for the truth and she follows her instincts as well as clues into the victim's last days in search of answers. I found the story to be engaging, the narrative voice hypnotic, and the plot intriguing. A real delight for fans of mystery and murder.
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, E. C. Diskin, and Thomas & Mercer publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. This is an excellent novel, portraying the honest friendship possible between women, and the damage that even the smallest deception can escalate and break hearts. The mystery remains well hidden until the end, and the love and lives of these neighborhood families warms your heart. Diskin is an author I will follow.
Women strive to be a part of a community with best friends thinking they know each other even one another's deepest secrets. Then splash!! Shea Walker is found in a bath tub dead; an apparent suicide caused by an overdose! Curtain opens with chums attending the funeral of Shea all riddled with questions of "How could this have happened?" A get away to Put-in-Bay, the scene of this tragedy, leads former neighbor Kat Burrows puzzling with friends all looking for closure. Diskin has us following Kat while she investigates those close to her while dealing with her own secrets. Having visited Put-in-Bay it made the story more interesting on a personal basis. Time lines were narrated before and after Shea's passing in an easy to follow way. "A copy of this book was provided by Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and the comments here are my honest opinion."