Title: Depth of Lies
Author: E.C. Diskin
Genres: Mystery
Release Day: September 26th 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

3 stars! 

Before I even begin my interview, I need to say how much I absolutely looove that cover! I mean, LOOK AT IT IT’S SO PERFECT AND ON POINT.

Okay, moving on… I read Depth of Lies at the beach in just a few hours but to be honest I barely remember more than a couple of names because this book has a plethora of characters and not all of them contribute to the story equally. The book starts with Shea’s death and her closest friends attending a memorial. One of them, Kat is guilt-ridden because Shea called her before she died but Kat didn’t answer the phone.

The story introduces a group of women, all friends of Shea as they come together to mourn their friend but they also wonder how she could ever take her own life since – as we see from the flashbacks – she was extremely friendly and so put together. Shea went from being a seemingly perfect real estate 50-something mom to a dead woman in a bathtub with more than enough pills and alcohol in her system.

What I liked about this book was the flashback, as much as I generally hate them, seeing Shea’s life was so fascinating. She really was an interesting woman leading a mediocre life but so lively and adorable. Slowly unrevealing her life, her marriage and her relationship with her tight group of friends really justified the title. It made me question their friendships – I mean, Kat is a self-proclaimed best friend and yet she didn’t know Shea’s secrets and what she really went through, which of course made me question their friendship.

The book circled around the characters and the potential of Shea’s death being a murder and not suicide giving them all a slight chance of being the killer – each in a twisted way could have killed Shea, talk about true friendships right there. I just wanted to read as fast as I could to see if my speculations were true. They were not.

I enjoyed reading it and getting my answers but the book twisted the facts so much and it made everyone look a certain amount of guilty that I didn’t even trust the narration at times. I liked the characters – those few I could name because there were a lot of them and not all relevant to the story. Shea was so easy to connect to, even if she was 50-something, and I genuinely felt bad for her, or for the people she surrounded herself with, I just didn’t like them at all and I don’t see how she could have considered them her friends either, what a weird bunch of people. If you enjoy a good crime mystery then this one was really on point, this is my first book by the author, I enjoyed the writing a lot and I’d definitely read another book in the future.


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