Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

January 21, 2020 Book review 2 ★★★½

My heart skipped a little beat when Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain landed on my kindle. I guessed I was in for an emotional heartfelt journey based on the authors previous books, and I was absolutely right.

Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town  by Diane ChamberlainBig Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
on January 14, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Publisher
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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?

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My thoughts on Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

I think you should check this book out if

– you love complex characters who are trying to find their place in the world, who made mistakes and who are trying to find redemption. I know I got fully behind them on their journey.
– you like books with an art theme, as the art restoration project in this book captured my imagination. I can vividly see what the painting would have looked like, especially all the ‘oddities’ that were included.
– you appreciate small town settings that hide huge explosive secrets (the clue is in the title!)
– you enjoy a little bit of romance, mixed with a bit of murder, all whisked up with themes of racism and injustice.

I can honestly say Diane Chamberlain never lets me down, and this was a really good book to start off my reading year. Definitely recommended.

Who should read Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain?

If you love well researched historical fiction, heartfelt plotlines and resilient characters, then you just might love this as much as I did.  I’d also recommend to fans of previous books by Diane Chamberlain, or if you like authors such as Liane Moriarty or Kristan Hannah.

Thanks to St Martin’s Press for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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