Title: Big Lies in a Small Town
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Rating: 4 out of 5
In 2018, Morgan Christopher’s life has been put on hold. Serving three years for a crime she didn’t commit, she’s given up all hope of a career in art and just wants her prison stay to be over—until a stranger offers her a deal that will mean her immediate release: restore an old mural in a small southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, and the deadline is something not even an experienced restoration artist could meet, but as Morgan starts work on the painting, she realizes it hides evidence of madness, murder, and lies in a small town.
In 1940, Anna Dale wins a contest to paint a post office mural in North Carolina. She’s thrilled for the opportunity—but Edenton isn’t what she expected at all. Her life in New York gives her no frame of reference for understanding this small southern town—full of prejudice, secrets, and expectations she refuses to meet—which just might end in murder.
I didn’t immediately connect with the characters, but I ended up loving this book! I connected with both Morgan and Anna, and I admired them both. They are such strong women. They don’t always make the best choices, but they do stay true to themselves and grow from their experiences.
Diane Chamberlain is a bestselling author. Big Lies in a Small Town is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)
3 thoughts on “Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town, by Diane Chamberlain”
I don’t have an opinion on this novel or this author, but the first time I saw the book advertised I laughed at the title (using a trope as a title, really?) It’s good to hear that the story is good even though the title sucks. If I read something by this author what book would you recommend I start out with? 🙂
The Dream Daughter was an excellent read. I haven’t read a lot of books by this author, but I enjoyed that one quite a bit. This one as well, although it did start off slow.
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