Lying in the Deep

Diana Urban

YA Mystery Thriller

A juicy mystery of jealousy, love, and betrayal set on a Semester at Sea-inspired cruise ship, with a diverse cast of delightfully suspicious characters who’ll leave you guessing with every jaw-dropping twist.

After being jilted by her ex-boyfriend and best friend, Jade couldn’t be more ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—11 countries in 4 months, all from the luxurious Campus on Board ship—and to wedge an entire globe between her and the people who broke her heart.

But when Jade discovers the backstabbing couple are also setting sail, her obsession with them grows and festers, leading to a shocking murder. And as their friends begin to drop like flies, Jade and her new crush must race to clear her name and find the killer they’re trapped at sea with….before anyone else winds up in body bags.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

Check Goodreads to see the book’s ratings.

My Opinion

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) This book started with petty, immature, whiny girls that felt like high school, not college. It was a back and forth mess between them over a guy (rolling my eyes here). However, the very first chapter clued me in to later in the story so I kept reading. 

While full of drama and immature antics, it quickly turned into a murder mystery and pretty much everyone was a suspect. The teens start investigating, getting into trouble and causing problems. the story changed with each clue and kept me interested. While not my favorite mystery of the year, it definitely kept me entertained!

General content summary: some language, description of a room covered in blood (details, referred to multiple times), underage drinking (multiple), infidelity, imagining ways to kill a person, parent abandons spouse and child (previous), m/f intimacy references (multiple), parental deaths (previous), m/f passionate kisses, stabbing (blood), child dying from cancer (previous, no details), parental death from heart attack (previous), drugs (meth, marijuana), suicide (details of body mentioned multiple times), death from texting and driving (previous, no details), drowning (description of body), deaths by opioids (previous), head injury (blood), knife threat and cut, gun shot death.

Thank you to Penguin Teen for the gifted copy!

The book releases May 2, 2023.

**As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.