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
Almost eighty years separates the alternating narratives of two women artists. Anna Dale’s is told in the third person and her story takes place in 1939 in the small town of Edenton, NC, where she travels to from New Jersey. Anna has won a national contest to ...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 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
This book landed on my radar via a NetGalley email. What's more, it has a bit of a personal connection. In my hometown we have one of those huge murals depicting important highlights in our city like St. Mary's RC Church with a flock of walking nuns astride it. Unlike the murals spoken about in this book that adorn post office walls, it instead hangs in a bank. I always enjoyed drinking in its history each time I waited in line to perform my banking transactions. I had ...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.
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
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
A beautifully written, intriguing page turner that was extremely difficult to put down.
Great characters, suspenseful and compelling Plot and a book that draws the reader in right from the start.
I took the advice of a fellow reader and purchased this one on audible and it was flawless.
Big Lies in a Small Town, is a sweeping novel about two women connected by a painting ...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
Is Diane Chamberlain's newest novel, Big Lies in a Small Town , worth all of the buzz it's been getting? Simple answer? Heck, yeah!
Morgan Christopher has seen better days. Once an aspiring artist, she’s serving a prison term for a crime she didn’t commit. And then one day, she gets offered an unbelievable opportunity, and her life changes again.
A legendary artist whose work she admired stipulated in his will that Morgan must be hired to restore an historic WWII-era ...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.
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
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
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Morgan Christopher was on track for a career as in ...more
The children knew it was finally spring, so although the air still held the nip of winter and the grass and weeds crunched beneath their feet, they ran through the field and woods, yipping with the anticipation of warmer weather. The two boys and their little sister headed for the creek, drawn to water, as they always were. The girl, only three and not as sure footed as her brothers, tripped over something and landed face-first in the cold water of ...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 ...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