Diane Chamberlain has done it again! She drew me so tightly into the story, it was hard to let go of it in the end.

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher is 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.

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.

The story is two-fold and told in alternating timelines. I spent time wondering how the two stories would converge, but I shouldn’t have worried because Chamberlain pulled it together masterfully. Each story is told so that you know these characters. Each character you meet is believable and the reader is made to feel as if we are right there with them. Big Lies in a Small Town is full of surprises, mystery and emotion! It’s so many things I can’t find words for all rolled into a story. Add this one to your list. It releases in January 2020 and will be a great way to start off your reading in the new year.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.


Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Big Lies in a Small Town

Author: Diane Chamberlain

Release Date: January 14, 2020

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