A review by rissaandherbooks
Lying in the Deep, by Diana Urban

adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced


Lying in the Deep
Diana Urban
Physical Book
(via: NetGalley & Razorbill)
May 2, 2023

Thank you to Razorbill & Diana Urban for this advanced copy of Lying in the Deep!

I won't lie, I almost DNF'd this book. For the first (almost) half, it was a lot of relationship drama, traveling, exposition, etc, etc. It wasn't bad, but I came here for murder. I figured I'd give it until halfway. I'm so glad I did. This books takes a while to pick up, but once it does, it does it tremendously. My biggest note to anyone who is looking to pick up this book is 1: give it some time, and 2: don't go into this expecting it to be solidly murder mystery. Sure, that's the genre, but the relationships (good and bad) at the heart of this book really make it what it is. It makes the motives more interesting, and the setting is super intriguing. (Plus, because the characters are college-aged, alcohol comes into play, which makes details a little fuzzy.) I was guessing the whole way through because everyone had such a convincing motive.
I took a star off of the rating for the long, slow start, but the actual mystery plot is one of my favorites I've read.