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.
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 Brooklyn soon realizes, Ginny is prone to lying.
Former Eden resident Darius Woods was in the hospital too. The famous actor had written a screenplay that would lay bare all the secrets of the town, but within hours of his return, someone shot him.
As the Woods investigation proceeds, and Brooklyn starts to question everything she believes about her family, her neighbors, and her home, secrets and lies begin to unravel. But nothing can prepare her for where those lies will finally lead.
And sharing the truth of what happened the night her father died might just make things worse.
"Desperate Paths is a riveting, powerfully told story of faith, family, and long-buried secrets that had me guessing again and again. Tense, taut, and full of surprises, E. C. Diskin expertly weaves multiple story lines of shocking betrayals and broken vows into a gripping and twisted tale I couldn't read fast enough. Don't miss this one!" Daniel Palmer, NYT Bestselling author
"The Bottom Line: A masterfully crafted murder mystery that spins a small town's dark secrets about family, faith and racial tensions into pure gold." Bestthrillers.com
"[A] highly skilled storyteller whose plot bobs and weaves from one revelation to the next without ever losing speed... Her characters are well-defined without being caricatured...[A] first-rate writer telling a story of love, loss, race, wrongs, regret, and redemption. It’s well worth a read." RECOMMENDED by the US Review
"Desperate Paths has the kind of charisma and readability that will make it a starred read for a broad range of commercial fiction fans. For those of us who love character-driven thrillers, it’s a must-read for its original, fast-moving plot, and its deep, textured character studies."
Windy City Reviews
“A deeply affecting thriller about the repercussions of living other people's dogma, racism, and inequalities. Emotionally moving while also page-turning, this book has all you need." Shannon Kirk, bestselling author of Method 15/33
"A piercing glimpse into the complexities of the human heart. Diskin once again plumbs the shadows beneath the surface--this time of a small Midwestern town--in this story of devastating secrets. Smart, taut, and expertly layered..., Desperate Paths will not only cause you to second-guess everything you think you know about the characters, but spark important conversations." Tosca Lee, NYT Bestseller
"Desperate Paths is more than a thrilling page-turner. In this unflinching tale of dark and damaging secrets, Diskin expertly probes the emotional complexities of prejudice, trauma, and deceit. Shocking, suspenseful, and highly relevant. You'll be thinking about it long after you turn the last page."
Laura McHugh, Int'l Bestselling author of Weight of Blood
"A tightly plotted thriller wrapped around a heartfelt small-town drama, E.C. Diskin's latest is not to be missed. It's rare to see complex characters grow and change so believably in a novel with so many shocking twists--but Desperate Paths is as wise as it is thrilling, a mystery about what the word 'family' really means." Amy Gentry, Int'l bestselling author of Good as Gone
"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 deftly weaves her tale with an unflinching examination of social issues. A page-turner with an important message.""Kimberly Belle, international bestselling author of The Marriage Lie
“Desperate Paths by E. C. Diskin is a complex, turbulent novel about family secrets and the destruction those secrets leave behind. Twists and turns abound, each more shocking as the characters' motivations are revealed. A mesmerizing thriller not to be missed!" Karen Katchur, bestselling author of River Bodies