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Desperate Paths

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  90 reviews
In Eden, the truth can have deadly consequences.

Brooklyn Anderson knows it looks bad. She was found wiping down a gun. Her father now dead. His blood on her hands. The incomprehensible nightmare has started.

Seven days earlier, Brooklyn had returned to Eden to care for her beloved father, who lay helpless in a hospital bed. Her estranged sister, Ginny, said he fell. But as
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Published March 19th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Brooklyn left her quaint, small town in the Midwest for the bright lights of New York City! She’s hoping for that one big break that will launch her into the movie/TV industry. But while she’s busy chasing her star, she receives a call from her sister Ginny that their father broke his hip. Putting her dreams on hold, Brooklyn quickly returns home to help.

She isn’t the only one to return home. Darius Woods was a local kid who also had the dream of being a star, and his dream came true! A top
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
2 stars. Too much drama for me!

Brooklyn Anderson returns to her hometown of Eden to help care for her aging father who is in the hospital. While there, she reconnects with her estranged sister Ginny who needs helps caring for their father. Darius Woods is a famous actor who grew up in Eden and recently returned with a screenplay and many hidden secrets from his past. Darius is shot and taken to the same hospital as Brooklyn’s father within hours of his return to town.

This novel takes place over
Entertaining, unputdownable and an intriguing read!

DESPERATE PATHS by E.C. DISKIN is jam-packed full of family secrets and lies and as the story progresses they just keep on coming with lots of twists and turns to be had here. For some the overzealous plot and drama might be a little too much to handle but for me I totally embraced and loved it all. In fact, I finished reading this one in less than 24 hours as I just could not put it down.

E.C. DISKIN’S delivers an interesting, tense and well-wr
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

Small town, dark secrets and lies, murder charge, a shooting and some sister drama.

Desperate Paths send me down a desperate path of my own. A head-spinning path I didn’t know what direction to go path but in the end, it didn’t really matter because every path took you to the end. There was just that much drama going on here.

Now this one did have some drama that I must admit I enjoy and that’s sister drama. I have been known to create a little sister drama myself that has left Norma’s head
A compelling domestic thriller brimming with secrets and lies!

E. C. Diskin has crafted a tale packed with complicated relationships and complex characters. This was a slow burning story about a dysfunctional family with many secrets and even more to lose. How would you feel if the life you knew turned out to be a complete lie?

Brooklyn Anderson, returns home to small town Eden Illinois, after receiving a phone call from her sister that their father was in the hospital. Brooklyn has been in New Yo
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3 stars to this chock-full-of-deception tale

Brooklyn is living her dream life in New York, auditioning and waiting to make it big in acting. Then she gets a message from her estranged sister Ginny that their Dad is in the hospital. Brooklyn races home to the small Midwest town where she grew up.

This one is told in two timelines, as the book opens Brooklyn is in jail and then the other chapters fill us in on her life and what has led up to this point. This one is full of twists, secrets, and dram
Kimberly Belle
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EC Diskin shines in her latest Desperate Paths, a suspenseful, tightly plotted story of sisters, betrayals, and secrets buried close to home. Diskin doesn’t shy away from hard subjects, and she deftly weaves her tale with an unflinching examination of social issues. A page-turner with an important message.
Adrian Dooley
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars marked up to 4.

The story of Brooklyn Anderson, a young budding actress from the small town of Eden who now lives in New York, and her rather dysfunctional family who still reside in Eden.

When Brooklyn gets a message from her estranged older sister Ginny that their father is in hospital after having an accident.

Returning to Eden to see how her father is, she soon realizes that all may not be as it seems. She realizes that Ginny is lying to her and her father is also harboring secrets.

Laura Rash
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intricate family drama with a bit of mystery that comes to a head with a few twists that had me backtrack to make sure I read it right. Reminiscent of Heather Gudenkauf and Kimberly Belle. Unique and intriguing!
Thanks to the author for this early copy:)
I did not expect the twists that came near the end of this book. I was listening to it on audible and I am pretty sure I was sitting there with my mouth open when the twists were revealed. This book may be an uncomfortable read for some, you have abortion, racism, sexual misconduct by a church figure and drug abuse. But I really thought it was so good and quite relevant to the current affairs. I live in a small town, I grew up in a small town. So for the first part of this book I felt like it co ...more
Kimberly Young
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Desperate Paths by E.C. Diskin is full of secrets and lies! Brooklyn is a young woman in her early 20's and trying to make it as an actress in New York City. She is from a small town and was adopted by her religious parents while they were on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. She has an older sister Ginny who is married with 2 kids. Ginny and Brooklyn have never been close. Brooklyn receives a text from Ginny that their dad has fallen and is in the hospital and showing signs of dementia. ...more
Bonnye Reed
Desperate Paths is a very complex mystery, shadowed with family dysfunctions, virulent addictions, and dishonorable clergy. That said, it's a very interesting read, hard to put aside to fit your daily life around the story. I should be rototilling the garden....

Brooklyn is about 20 with Hollywood stars in her eyes, living for about a year in an NYC walkup with several other aspiring actors despite her father's disappointment that college was not for her. Adopted as a baby born in the Dominican
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Intrigue, originality, suspense and with characters that felt so real they could have strolled up to me and introduced themselves without it feeling odd...this book had all that and so much more. E.C. Diskin wove a masterful small-town tale of lies and deceit, hatred and forgiveness, all the while addressing important social issues head-on. This is a story I won't be forgetting any time soon. ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desperate Paths is a standalone thriller which journeys into betrayal, racism, abuse, abortion and misguided parental teachings.

Brooklyn’s dad was a shining light in her life. She came to see him a week ago after her sister, Ginny, let her know that he had fallen and broken a hip. So why now, a week later, is she sitting in a police cell after being found wiping a gun and standing over his body?

Eden is a good, clean town guided by the morals and teachings of religion and Pastors like Gary who wa
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A very good psychological thriller, but I think I've read too many books in the same genre, so it's difficult to suprise me anymore. Recommended because it's well written, a very quick and entertaining read, and maybe it will even suprise someone who's read less books of that genre.
The characterization was ok, but the shining side of the book was the compelling story. I don't agree with people who said there is too much packed up in there.. it all lead to the same makes sen
Jill Orr
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I picked it up not knowing what to expect and was immediately drawn in by the structure of the story (the author plays with time, 7 days in the past/future). As I read, I thought I knew where the story was going, but then wasn't so sure... then I was... then I wasn't again. The suspense kept building and I'll admit I did not see the final twist coming at all - I love it when that happens! Would definitely recommend this book if you like twisty plots and complex characters. ...more
Lisa West
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of suspense

This book was a page turner from the get go. So many twists and turns that just when you think you figured it out there’s another curve. I enjoyed it and will try other books from this author.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Desperate Paths" was packed full of family secrets and lies. I loved and totally embraced the plot and drama within the novel. E.C. Diskin delivered an intriguing, well-written and entertaining read that gradually increased in tension and suspense. The complex characters were masterfully drawn and I thought the structure of this story was immensely enjoyable. I was hooked right from the very first chapter.

For me, E.C. Diskin did very well creating intricate pieces of puzzles to ponder over. bu
Many thanks to the author for an ARC of this book!

WOW, so many secrets and definitely desperate paths!! Diskin tackled some tough, uncomfortable topics in this books. I felt she developed the storyline well and was happy how she wrapped up the subject matter. I had some guesses on what was going to happen but there were definitely twists towards the end that had me realizing there were still so many secrets to be found. There were many emotions while reading this. I wouldn't consider this book a
Tracy Cavanah
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brooklyn Anderson knows it looks bad. She was found wiping down a gun. His blood on her hands. Her father now dead. The incomprehensible nightmare has started

Thank you to net galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book it was a great experience. A real page turner first time reading anything from this author
Alesha Leveritt
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy book to read. Why? Racism, abortion, pedophilia, sexism, religious doctrinaire

This book is well-written and the storyline complex with clever twists. The murder mystery and a minimalist police procedural are the story’s backbone—from which hang several twisted side plots, already discussed by other reviewers. The book’s structure is a riff on the overly-popular flashing backward/forward in time method—which I tolerate but am not fond of.

The setting is a small town in southern Illin
Well I just gave a negative review on one book I read but this one will get a big 5 stars. I ordered this from Amazon or it could have been free - I don't remember but it was awesome!! A do not miss read!! I've never read anything by this author before but she is a highly skilled storyteller whose plot weaves from one revelation to the next one, and never losses steam. All the characters are well-defined. The audible was great and I didn't find any flaws in the voices and was able to keep all th ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong Plot---Great Storytelling!

Bought this book by accident, but choose to read it as an adventure. I was not disappointed.

From the publisher's summary, I didn't know what to expect, but I got hooked quickly and enjoyed the fast ride to the surprising finish.

The main characters were easy to like despite their obvious flaws and many secrets, and I found myself immersed in the story while pulling for everyone to be on the right side of things. The author's skill with misdirection had me suspecti
Stephanee Merino
The plot of this story is what attracted me to it.
It’s a great read!

Brooklyn things she knows everything about her family except for why her sister and father doesn’t get along. Her sister calls her home because her father is ill. Once she gets there she starts to notice everything is not as it should be. She starts to poke around. All her questions Sean to only create more questions. Her sister is avoiding her, her Dad tried to apologize but for what for she doesn’t know and her sister isn’t
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book that touched on multiple social issues all at once like this one by author E. C. Diskin. On top of that, there are family secrets and parents trying to protect their children, as there are today. An expose screen play written by a past resident and famous actor of the small town of Eden (a very telling name, by the way) threatens the lives and futures of some select families and others from the town.
Brooklyn is a suspect in the murder of her father and this is where the
Diane D White
Interesting Plot, Uninspired Prose

This reader gives Diskin high marks on plot and a mediocre grade on her writing style. Perhaps she's writing for a young demographic? Her sentences skew strongly toward short and simple and she seldom uses words with more than three syllables. Although I read the book entirely through because Diskin kept me interested in where the emerging twists and turns in her story would wind up, her prose was disappointingly sparse, even flat. I've read one other book by th
Kelly Cantwell
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading E.C. Diskin's work, and I'm definitely going to go back and read her other books. I love finding a new author!
Desperate Paths is the story of Brooklyn Anderson and her return to hometown Eden, a place she'd left to pursue an acting career in New York City. Her sister Ginny calls her home when their father falls and is hospitalized with a broken hip. Unanswered questions about her father's fall and her sister's evasiveness tell Brooklyn that she's going to have to f
Regina Lively
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A twisted tale of parents’ secrets & lies that evolved & shifted through the years, destroying the children’s lives & altering their futures. This is my quick summary of this terrific book.
Ms. Diskin did a wonderful job developing the story & her characters. Her writing is colorful & descriptive. The plot was imaginative & unique.
The residents in the town of Eden were so small-minded! They had such backward views! In 1999 they were avid followers of a fanatical form of Christian
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E.C. Diskin studied Radio/TV/Film and English in Texas (TCU), moved to New York to dance with a tap dance company in Soho, and finally became "an adult" when she moved to Chicago for law school. But after several years behind a desk, a drawer full of story ideas, and two little ones at home, she took a break from the law and began writing fiction. Fortunately, the fantasy of living a creative life ...more

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