Today I am thrilled to bring you a review of Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, one of my favorite authors. A big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the gifted copy. Big Lies is available now!
Diane Chamberlain is a favorite author of mine. Her style is uniquely her own, and she is a gifted storyteller. As a North Carolinian, I am familiar with the setting of book, and that’s just another perk of reading her novels, the North Carolina settings.
Big Lies in a Small Town has more of a mystery slant than many of Chamberlain’s books, and I LOVED that. I felt the tension early on, and it never let go.
Sometimes with dual narratives I’m drawn to one over the other, but not here; both had me fully invested. So many social issues are addressed in a way only Chamberlain can. She creates characters who live and breathe and think and feel, and it’s easy to believe in them, to even lose sleep over them and their difficulties.
This was another five star Diane Chamberlain read for me, and I highly recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy.
About the Book:
North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.
North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.
What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?
Have you read Big Lies in a Small Town, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR