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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I was captivated from the beginning and although I am not yet completely done with the book, it is a fine read and well worth picking up for an afternoon or weekend read.
No fluff. No fillers.
Many writers flesh their characters. But Pauline Williams gave them souls.
There are certain portions of the book written/edited in a non-linear fashion. That makes the book all the more interesting. The book is part romance, part political(IRA, PLO etc.,), part thriller (with a mafia backdrop) and part religious (not that the protagonist, Sean, is a priest; it is about forgiving and accepting oneself).
Williams take the reader on an occasional dizzying journey through time and around the world as she draws seemingly disparate threads into a weaving of intricate and chaotic designs of drug dealers, arms, and the battle for national freedoms and faith that strives to be more than skin deep and repenting past choices.
In the past, Sean makes decisions that affect many lives, especially his wife, Eaden's. Their marriage annulled after a furious argument, he pursues the priesthood, traveling the world to work for a while at a shrine in Jerusalem and later at a mission in Guatemala where he meets Sister Monica who is at once familiar and strange.
Eaden has chosen a new life as well, in secret foreign service. When Sean's and Eaden's lives cross again years later, horror and more pain drive them together to escape the dangerous Zambrano, local crime lord.
The author uses lengthy introspection to get inside the heads of her characters. Told by Sean and Eaden in whiplash fashion between 1971 and the present, with stops in the late 90s through 2004, the reader will want to read with care to follow all the threads to the healing conclusion. Descriptions of despair are unique: "It was better that he do this. Better that he free himself from the death that he was living day by day, emotional death that was eating at him like a cancerous cell, growing inside his heart. A cancerous cell for which there was no chemo, no cure, and only a slow, painful emotional death." The dialog is slang and Irish vernacular; the reader can hear it. William's characters are rich and flawed, brothers in arms, friends and lovers who leave each other, but always manage to return to the place they were called to be.
A multi-talented author, Williams is also a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker, stand-up comic, and poet.
Reviewed by Lisa Lickel, author of Meander Scar
With such an interesting cast of characters, I can easily see how the Williams could create other stories. And I would read each one.