Lying in the Deep

Lying in the Deep

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. Get a special gift for preordering here!



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Acclaim for Lying in the Deep

A twisted tale of betrayal, heartbreak, and revengeLying in the Deep is shocking from the very first page. As gory as a slasher and as fun as a comedy, this book is a must-read for thriller fans.”

—Jessica Goodman, NYT bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us

“Whatever your age, this twisty and surprising thriller—with gorgeous settings, swoon-worthy romance, toxic friendships, and a surprise around every corner—will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can. This is storytelling at its best!”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

“Diana Urban is the Agatha Christie of today’s YA audience. Lying in the Deep had me utterly engrossed from the jaw-dropping prologue to the final murderous twist. An absolutely thrilling and romantic read all the way through, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

—Jessica S. Olson, author of A Forgery of Roses

FAQs for Lying in the Deep

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Will there be a preorder incentive for Lying in the Deep?

Yes! The details are still being finalized, but the form where you can submit your receipt is live here in case you’d rather not wait and forget. To give you a li’l sneak peek at what’ll be included, there will be a deck plan for the Sea Voyager with Jade’s handwritten notes, a bookmark, a signed bookplate, AND MORE (that’s the part that still being finalized). Join my VIP list to get an email from me when the full incentive is announced.

What inspired the idea for Lying in the Deep?

Lying in the Deep was inspired by mystery queen Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, one of my favorites of hers. You can even say it’s a loose retelling, but, for example, there is no character corresponding to her protagonist Hercule Poirot, and the plot deviates substantially. I also incorporated some tropes I personally adore, such as fake dating and a potentially unreliable narrator. I’ve always wanted to write a murder mystery on a cruise ship, and I had an absolute blast writing this!

When is Lying in the Deep coming out?

Lying in the Deep will be published May 2, 2023 by Razorbill Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House).

Where can I preorder Lying in the Deep?

You can preorder now wherever books are sold! You can find many of the retailer links at the top of this page.

What are the content warnings for Lying in the Deep? (Warning: spoilers within)

Lying in the Deep contains themes and/or mentions of violence, blood, stabbing, death, murder, panic attacks, and drug abuse.

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