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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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This was an enjoyable book, but it just wasn't great for me. The main character, Andi, just purchased and moved into a new condo, and has all the warm and fuzzy feelings someone has when they get a new home. But things take a nosedive fast, when she learns the Home Owners Association (HOA) has so many petty rules without definite guidelines, and the members of the board make it the HOA from hell. For one example, Andi gets fined for having 2 leaves on her back patio. (It is supposed to be clean at all times.) All the residents are getting fined like crazy. Meanwhile, the president of the board is found dead, and there is so much animosity between the homeowners and the board that anybody could have killed her. Things go from bad to worse, quickly. If something can go wrong, it does. Other people start disappearing. Meanwhile, conveniently, Andi finds out that the Property Manager for the Condo development happens to be her ex boyfriend, who dumped her in college and she never quite got over him. So there is A LOT of interpersonal drama going on here.
This book is written in a way that indicates there is meant to be lots of humor in the various situations and conversations. Somehow, it just didn't work for me, though. It was slightly amusing at times, but there were no laugh out loud moments. It was cute and somewhat interesting, but it just didn't have me riveted to my seat.
I will say that the book was well written, only a little confusing (because of the number of characters), and true-to-life in showing the tensions between homeowners and management/board members in general. It's just didn't quite live up to the expectation I had for it.
It would seem the town reverend is the prime suspect in the murder, but Andi doesn't think so. Of course, she didn't really set off trying to find the killer. She just sort've fell into the gig in the midst of fighting the jerk president in charge of the HOA board. And it would seem that everyone in town had an opinion to who dunit.
This little mystery was pretty engaging overall, but it was a little confusing keeping up with all the assumptions and the clues. I mean, it didn't quite make sense right away. And the fact that we were dealing with an amateur sleuth didn't make it that much more engaging. But I did feel for Andi as she helplessly fought to keep the HOA off her back, while, at the same time, trying to evade a killer.
A suitable read.