Book Review: Depth of Lies by E.C. Diskin




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.


Depth of Lies by E.C. Diskin was a solid 4 star book for me. I didn’t want to put it down pretty much the entire time, and once I got over halfway, I really couldn’t stop reading.

This book focuses on the death of Shea. Was it an accident? Did she kill herself? Was she murdered? How well do you really know people that you’re friends with?

The strange thing about this one for me, was that it felt like pieces of books I have read before all put together in a new book. What I’m trying to say, is that it felt like I have read a similar tale before. This book was crafted incredibly well though and while I got a bit of Déjà vu, it wasn’t anything that took away from the plot for me and I was still very interested in the “tangled web” I was reading.

The author has a few red herrings throughout the book, and I was incredibly confused for quite some time. Once I got towards the end I pretty much had it figured out. Although, there was one pretty big surprise that I wasn’t really expecting.

I really enjoyed the dual timelines (I really love when authors do that), and that it switched between Kat and Shea. This is a super solid read, and anyone that enjoys a good mystery is probably going to like this one. I definitely want to read more by this author!

*Thank you so much to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for sending me an ARC of this book. My review is completely honest and unbiased.

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