Big Lies in a Small Town
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
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
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
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.
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
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
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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
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
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin's Press and the author for providing me with an e-Arc of the book.
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
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.
This story is told in two timelines and the chapters go back and forth between the two. In the 2018 timeline, we meet Morgan Christopher who is in prison, serving time for a DUI in which another was critically injured. She gets a visit from a woman, Lisa, who proposes to get her out of prison if she will agree to restore a mural. Morgan had been an art student before she went to prison. ...more
I love that Chamberlain writes about this small town and the emotions that are on each page had me in awe. I could not turn the pages fast enough. The ending left me wanting answers but I can speculate at them, I guess. Hurry Run and ...more
This is only the second novel I have read by Diane Chamberlain, the first being The Dream Daughter. They are different in both themes and stories, but the author handles the dual timelines ...more
Big Lies in a Small Town is a character driven novel with a slow burn. The plot switches between two timelines of 2018 and 1940 with the main characters of Anna and Morgan. The timelines follow these two women on a painting/mural project that they're both working on in different capacities.
The first half of the book is extremely slow and driven home by the details of the painting/mural project. I was ...more
The historical storyline combines two entwining stories of different woman in the 1940’s and 1980’s in small town North Carolina.
This to me was an interesting and intriguing story involving art restoration, small town views, and secrets
Although I liked the writing, and story I did find it quite slow moving. I would still recommend it, and ...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
I think one of the things I love most about a Diane Chamberlain novel is her ability to weave past and present into such an entertaining , thought provoking and suspenseful page turner, time and time again.
Big Lies in a Small Town does just that with solid characters, a fresh and imaginative story line, and some nice plot twists that were revealed at just the right time.
My only complaint would be the ending was not as strong as I had been prepared for, but still ...more
2018, Morgan Christopher found herself serving time in the North Carolina Correctional Facility, she's young, very naive, she made a big mistake, trusted the wrong person and she never considered she could be sent to jail! Once she understands how much trouble she's in, she's tries desperately to ...more
Big Lies in a Small Town was my first time reading a Diane Chamberlain book and HOT DANG! I literally feel an instant need to collect and read all of her books now and forever and ever, amen.
I completely loved the setup of Big Lies in a Small Town, which switches back and forth between Morgan in 2018 and Anna Dale in 1940. I was really intrigued by both of the women's stories, but especially Anna's. 1940 in Edenton, NC was full of racism and sexism, but also a lot of culture and heritage. I ...more
Expected pub date: January 14, 2020
Morgan Christopher believes she has been given the gift of a lifetime when a mysterious stranger releases her from jail, making her a free woman. The only stipulation—she has to finish restoring a mural that was completed years ago, in half the time that it would normally take. Scrambling to complete the mural, Morgan becomes ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
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. 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. The price of being different might just end in murder.
Good story, and the ending ...more
The problem is small towns often have secrets. Add to that the fact that the locals are suspicious of newcomers, expecting them to conform to the mores of the community. Racial tensions also come into play. In the 1940’s, this was a big deal.