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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,058 ratings  ·  1,070 reviews
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 ...more
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Published January 14th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Kristina There is some foul language in the book along with violence (rape, murder). Racism and alcoholism is also present.

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Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Another terrific read from Diane Chamberlain!!!

2018 - Morgan Christopher is starting her second summer in the North Carolina Correctional Facility. Morgan is surprised when she is told that two women are there to see her. She normally doesn't receive visitors. Lisa Williams and Andrea Fuller introduce themselves and get right to the point.

“Andrea and I are here to offer you a way out of this place”.

Lisa and Andrea ask
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diane Chamberlain writes a compulsive and gripping novel that skillfully weaves the stories of two women from the past and the present. In 2018, 22 year old Morgan Christopher is serving a prison sentence at the North Carolina Correctional Facility in Raleigh for a crime she did not commit. Out of the blue, she receives a visit from Lisa Williams, whose father, the artist Jesse Jameson, has recently died and the lawyer, Andrea Fuller. He left behind a will in which he makes it clear that he ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

This is only the second novel that I have read by Ms. Chamberlain. This book is quite different from “The Dream Daughter” which involved time travel and a woman’s decision about the fate of her unborn child. What this book shares with the previous book that I read is a dual timeline once again and strong character development. I would classify this more as a mystery with a very unique story. I found the flow to be wonderful and it was
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Refined, impressive, effective story-telling and adroitly, meticulously developed two amazing characters and their lyrically interwind stories. I’m giving my historical, provocative, stunning four stars for this intriguing journey!

Two artists from different timelines, suffering from the life choices they made because they cannot control them. Two voices shout at us their heart-wrenching stories and want us listen to them. So let’s hear them out, turning the pages to learn more about those
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Five Bright Shiny Stars

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
Elyse  Walters
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NO SPOILERS....only descriptive teasers...

Diane Chamberlain knows what a good story is about. She continues to arrive at new levels of power with each of her novels being more impressive than the one before.
A very loved novelist by readers all around the world....I, too, became an instant giddy fan in 2014, when I read “Necessary Lies”. The story itself was a punch-in-the-gut explosive historical awakening.
Having now read about a half dozen more of her novels....what stands out for me is Diane
In 1940, young Anna Dale wins a contest to paint a mural for the Edenton, NC post office. Twenty two years old and fleeing the heartbreak of her mom's very recent death, Anna throws herself into the job of designing and painting a mural that will be the best representation of Edenton that she can imagine. There are resentments towards Anna due to her winning the contest over a local male artist and Anna comes face to face with strong prejudices of some towns folks, especially when she welcomes a ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got interested in this novel beacuse of the mention of mural art. The city where I live has become known to its murals on the walls of tenement houses and they always draw my attention whenever I get around the city. Also, I associate murals with the American culture, and I thought that a novel which has this art as the central point must be interesting. And I was not wrong.
I am not a fan of dual timeline, however, with this novel it went smoothly for me. The stories of two young women, Anna
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diane Chamberlain has done it again! What a fantastic book! This really is storytelling at its absolute best. Two equally compelling storylines woven seamlessly together. 2018 Morgan is in a North Carolina prison convicted of a crime she did not commit. When she is approached with an opportunity to get out of jail if she is willing to restore a 70-year-old mural, she jumped at the chance. The only problem is Morgan is not certain she has the skill set to do the restoration and there is a time ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Big lies in a small town is the story of two women born in different times dealing with issues which are beyond their control. Each woman will have her challenges and her triumphs. Each will be tested, and each will have to prove herself.

North Carolina, 2018 Morgan Christopher was an art student who made a bad judgement call and ended up serving time in a women's correctional center for a crime she did not commit. Then one day she is visited by two women who tell her that she will be released
Brenda -Traveling Sister
Well, that is some mighty fine, creative writing here by one of my favourite authors. I loved this one!!

Big Lies is a Small Town did start off a little slow for me and I was feeling a bit worried that I wasn't quite getting where the story was going here by almost halfway. I was intrigued but at first, felt like I was being strung along a bit. Then I reminded myself that I have nothing to worry about because this is Diane Chamberlain. Well, well my patience was rewarded and around the middle of
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Diane Chamberlain is a prolific author, but I’ve only read a handful of her books. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed them. In this story, we have Morgan Christopher serving prison time for a crime she didn’t commit when she’s offered a “get out of jail free” card. She’s been picked to restore a 1939 mural, designed for the Edenton post office but never hung. What makes it problematic is that despite being an artist, she has no experience with art restoration and the two things are really totally ...more
Holly  B

A slow burn of a mystery set in North Carolina.

Two women- Morgan and Anna

Two timelines-2018 and 1940

The plot switches between timelines (then/now) and follows the two women as they are connected by a painting/mural project that they are both working on in different capacities.

The first half of the book was slow going and a bit bogged down in the painting project details (in my opinion). There areplenty of clues that may lead you to solve the big reveal and predict the end as I did.

Irena BookDustMagic
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diane Chamberlain was on my "authors I'd like to read" for a while now because Nicole from GirlyGirlBookWorm really likes her, and us two have the similar taste in books.

This was my first read by this writer, but it surely won't be the last, because I really liked Big Lies in a Small Town.

The story follows two time lines: one set in 1940 and the second set in today's time.
This book made me realize that I actually enjoy reading books with two different time lines, and I will try to add more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Big Lies in a Small Town is a stunning story full of mystery, opportunity and loss. It is emotionally absorbing from beginning to end with enthralling secrets and puzzles that maintain a great momentum without dropping gear. The story is told over two time periods from the perspective of two young female artists, Anna Dale in 1940 and Morgan Christopher in 2018.

Morgan is serving a sentence in North Carolina Correctional Facility for a drunk driving crime she took the blame for, to save
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4+ stars!

A suspenseful and captivating mystery set in a small town.

Told in the dual narratives of 1940 and 2018, the two main characters, Anna and Morgan are young artists looking to find their way. Before finishing a mural project for the small town of Edenton, Anna goes missing in 1940. Almost 80 years later, Morgan is asked to restore the unfinished mural project so it can be hung in a local art exhibit. Little does Morgan know the hidden secrets she will find while researching and restoring
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Told in alternating timelines..the story of two artists.
1939-Anna Dale, from New Jersey -a young graduate from a fine arts school, has won a contest to create a mural for a post office in Edenton, North Carolina.
2018 -Morgan Christopher a young artist out on early parole from North Carolina Correctional Facility for Women, specifically to restore the mural that Anna painted in 1940 that was ruined in some mysterious happening.

The novel is part mystery, romance, and also includes the racial

Love the story....Love the two main characters that alternate between 1940 and 2018 every other chapter....Love the secondary characters....and absolutely Love the ending!

We have good, we have evil and we have a subtle love connection....but oh the secrets hiding within a mural in process of cool. Even though I could see some of them coming, no matter....this terrific novel has been added to my 2019 favorites shelf.

In the

Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diane Chamberlain has written an excellent historical mystery centred around a 12 by 6 foot mural, the artist who painted it in 1940 and the young artist commissioned to restore it in 2018.

In 1940, Anna Dale, a young woman from New Jersey won a national competition to paint a mural for a post office. Edenton, the town she was assigned in North Carolina was very different from her home town with narrow minded regarding racial discrimination and how women should act and dress. At first she is
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Yep, yep, yep, yeppers.

This authors books I’ve been reading like......forever.

I’m so intrigued with this plot. I’ve read books that peel away layers and layers revealing things slowly like an onion, but to see a painting being restored and cleaned and revelations being revealed, I was glued.

As most (if not all) Diane Chamberlain’s fans know, she’s a talent to be reckoned with as she can take a reader into her story and we don’t come out to breath until the final page has been read. That’s how
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Novel background: Diane Chamberlain's latest novel is a dual timeline( 1939/40 & 2018) set in Edenton, North Carolina surrounds the secrets around an unfinished community mural and its troubled artist. In the present, Morgan Christopher is an ex-inmate who is approached to complete the mural that was never completed by New Jersey artist, Anna Dale. As baffled as Morgan is by the endorsement,
Katie B
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book by Diane Chamberlain I have read and once again, it was another good read.. While each of her books share some common elements, they all feel uniquely different. You kinda know where the author might be headed fairly early on but because the characters are fully-developed you feel invested in them and want to see their story unfold. She's a good storyteller and I look forward to checking out more of her books in the future.

Morgan Christopher was on track for a career as in
"Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you."

Diane Chamberlain, a gifted storyteller, sets this one down in the small community of Edenton, North Carolina. She's shifting the sands of time from 1940 to 2018 with chapters reflecting the lives of her two main characters, Anna Dale and Morgan Christopher. We'll come to find, because of time and place, that these two women could not be more different. Yet, there is a steeliness in their resolve because of life's
Chelsea Humphrey
I think that fans of historical fiction with a touch of mysterious atmosphere will enjoy this one much more than I did. HF is very hit or miss for me, and while I found the outcome to be a bit predictable, Diane's writing is so engaging and entertaining that I can see why this story is a favorite of many readers already. Highly recommend that you give this one a try if it's on your radar, and if HF with dual narratives is your jam.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I always look forward to Diane Chamberlain's books and I was delighted to receive an ARC of her new book Big Lies In A Small Town.
This story is told in two time frames.
In 1940 Anna Dale wins an art competition to paint a mural for a post office building in a small town. When she arrives to work on the painting she feels that she is not welcome because everyone is unhappy that the towns resident painter was not chosen as the winner.
In 2018 Morgan Christopher is let out on parole from prison to
Kathryn in FL
This was a stellar story y'all. Two parallel story lines tell about a depression era work created by an up and coming artist making friends "wrong people" and setting others at odds. Then 8o years later, an old mural is resurrected and restored by young woman, who searches for answers to the riddle of past.

The deception lurking behind what appeared on the surface, captured my attention to the point, my fingers had trouble keeping the pages turning fast enough.

An amazing story, exceptional
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
You have to make peace with the past or you can never move into the future.

Big Lies in a Small Town is the second book I’ve read by Diane Chamberlain, the first being The Dream Daughter. This one is equally as good and reading it was a deeply satisfying and delightful experience.

The story is told in two timelines, each featuring a flawed woman who is given a second chance at life. Usually one story is stronger than the other but these two are equally captivating. Diane Chamberlain seamlessly
Julie (JuJu)
“Big Lies in a Small Town” is a realistic and sometimes heartbreaking historical fiction / mystery. Two different timelines and several very different people are linked by their love of art and a mysterious mural.

Anna is a lovable young artist, rumored to have lost her mind while painting the mural for the town post office. Jesse is a young black student that is assigned to help her, during a time filled with prejudice. And their taboo relationship doesn’t sit well with the narrow-minded
This turned out to be so so so good!! I am just going to go ahead and give this a 5*! Loved the story, the writing, the characters, the setting, and most of all I think I fell in love with Anna Dale's mural which played a big part in getting her and Morgan Christopher's paths to cross in such an unexpected way.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin's Press and the author for providing me with an e-Arc of the book.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

My Rating: 4 stars

This may be only the second of Diane Chamberlain’s works that I’ve read, but based on how much I enjoyed this book as well as her previous one ( The Dream Daughter , which came out back in 2018), I already know that I will likely be adding her to my “favorite authors” list very soon.

With Big Lies in a Small Town , Chamberlain once again gives her readers a well-written, emotionally resonant story with realistic, well-developed characters and a wonderfully laid-out plot.
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed ...more