I am a pretty big sucker for any book that can combine a chick lit feel with added suspense; Liane Morarity does this brilliantly as does the Pretty Little Liars series that I loved when I was in high school. Depth of Lies, by E.C Diskin, fell under this umbrella. I devoured this novel.
It opens in the wake of tragedy. A group of friends have just lost one of their own, Shea, to suicide. As each friend traces their last moments with Shea, wondering how they could have missed the warning signs, Kat is hit the hardest. She finds herself desperate for answers and tracing Shea’s last days. Discovering shameful secrets and a web of desire, Kat’s idyllic suburban life is shattered and what happens behind closed doors is revealed.
The novel is told in an alternating narrative style going back and forth in time between Kat, in the present, searching for answers, and Shea’s last few months alive.
This style really kept me on the edge of my seat! I was compelled to continue reading so I could figure out what happened to Shea and I was concerned about Kat as she got closer and closer to the truth. Using this narrative style in a character-driven novel is risky, but I felt as if Diskin accomplished it brilliantly. Characters are fully developed, their stories are told and a perfect balance is had between revealing the story and keeping the reader on edge.
Overall, I feel like if you enjoy a lighter style thriller that has the chick lit element, this would be right up your alley! I know I loved it as a break from my heavier serial killer thrillers that I have been reading!