Big Lies in a Small Town

Big Lies in a Small Town

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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From New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes a novel of chilling intrigue, a decades-old disappearance, and one woman's quest to find the truth...

"A novel about arts and secrets...grippingly told...pulls readers toward a shocking conclusion."—People magazine, Best New Books

North Carolina, 2018:
Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will get her released from prison immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to be free, 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 in great need of 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?

"Chamberlain, a master storyteller, keeps readers hooked, with a story line that leavens history and social commentary with romance and mystery."—Lexington Dispatch

Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group

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1727bristol
Jul 07, 2020

Excellent book.

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sjarrell0
Jun 26, 2020

One of the best books I've read all year long.

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MckyMseLvr
Jun 23, 2020

Loved the intertwining of history, art, and racism, with a little romance. Quick, but very enjoyable read.

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tammygfarmgirl
Apr 18, 2020

I just didn't find it as riveting as some of her others, although it was a good mystery! It just took a while to really get going.

LoganLib_stacey Apr 17, 2020

Yet another great read by Diane Chamberlain.

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KathiNoreen
Feb 20, 2020

If you like Diane Chamberlain, you will definitely like this book. It really holds your interest as she goes back and forth between characters (alternating chapters).

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AnnSkye
Feb 16, 2020

A good story for a quick read.

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carolefort
Feb 15, 2020

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain is a psychological mystery. It is a fascinating look at small town life, both in 1940 and in 2018. I admit that I was completely enthralled by this book. In 2018, Morgan Christopher is serving a three-year sentence for a crime she did not commit. After serving one year, she is approached by a lawyer who will see to it that she is released on the condition that she restore an old mural. In 1940, Anna Dale is commissioned to paint a post office mural in the town of Edenton, North Carolina. Upon finishing the artwork, Anna and the mural disappear suddenly, never to be seen again until Morgan is asked to restore the artwork. Layer by layer, she discovers many details that lead to Anna’s real story. Edenton is put under the microscope and out comes prejudice, death, love, friendship, jealousy, etc. The book alternates between 1940 and 2018, taking the reader along for the mysterious story of a mural and the two artists who put their heart and soul into it. And the ending is totally unpredictable and very satisfying. Diane Chamberlain is an expert when it comes to writing about human relationships and she does not disappoint here.

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Daisybates
Feb 07, 2020

Another great story by this popular author. Don't miss this one!

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mjk236sb
Feb 03, 2020

Really good book that links people from different generations and tells the stories in alternating chapters. Interesting characters and stories that link them together as Morgan begins to restore a painting by an artist that has seemingly disappeared. Morgan has mysteriously been released from prison to do something she really doesn't know how to do and finds herself in a mystery about the past and tells her journey to solve it. It is a story of race, injustice and search for redemption, acceptance and love. This book has a wonderful ending that gives a more than satisfying ending to this story. Highly recommend this book.

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