Book Review: Depth of Lies (E.C Diskin) @ecdiskin

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 3.45.21 PM.pngI 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.

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Book Review: Beartown (Fredrik Backman) @SimonSchusterCA

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I don’t really care for hockey (I know, I know, I am a horrible Canadian) but I couldn’t help my curiosity surrounding Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  I had heard so many things about it! So, when I saw it in the bookstore, I added it to my cart. In typical fashion, I put it on my shelf and assumed I would get around to it in 2021, until my friend Chelsea (at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) bought the same book, so, I suggested that we do this one as a buddy read.

I am so glad I didn’t wait to read this book.

At first, I didn’t know what I was getting into. As I mentioned, I don’t really care for hockey but my extended family eats, sleeps and breathes it. They spend hours at the rink. They train all year. They do not miss a game. I don’t understand this but I understand the culture. Backman captures it brilliantly within these pages: the sacrifice, the anticipation and the hope.  I initially started this one with the intention to read it slowly and when I had some time, however, after I sat down to read this novel, it demanded my full attention and I could not put it down.

Heart-wrenching, gut twisting and fast paced, I am still thinking about this book days after I completed it.

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