Big Lies in a Small Town
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I am not a fan of dual timeline, however, with this novel it went smoothly for me. The stories of two young women, Anna ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 restoration....so cool. Even though I could see some of them coming, no matter....this terrific novel has been added to my 2019 favorites shelf.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Morgan Christopher was on track for a career as in ...more
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 ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin's Press and the author for providing me with an e-Arc of the book.
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. ...more