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One Little Lie

(Pelican Harbor #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,279 ratings  ·  529 reviews
It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth. 

Book one in a gripping new series from USA TODAY bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble.

When Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, there's no time for an adjustment period. He is arrested for theft and then
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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This was a well crafted suspense novel with a splash of romance. This is the first book in Colleen Coble’s Pelican Harbor series. A police procedural series with a strong sassy female protagonist. The book kicks off with a young girl in a cult giving birth to a baby boy. The girl is told by her father that the baby has died. Then the book jumps forward to Jane Hardy The newly appointed chief of police in Pelican Harbor. Pelican Harbor is a sleepy little town on the Alabama gulf coast where nothi ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, suspense
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I've read Christian Fiction and, for the most part, not liked much of it. Not for the positive Christian message these books always have but because they are just not that good. The writing is not up to the standard I am accustomed to and the plots just aren't that interesting. I am pleasantly surprised to say that is not the case here. This is my first Colleen Coble book and,
Xavier Hugonet
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
One Little Lie is the first book in a new series, and the first book I have read from author Colleen Coble.

Fifteen years ago, a young girl, Button, gives birth to a boy in a cult. The cult falls under attack and Button’s dad escapes with her, announcing her that her baby has died.

Present day, in the small town of Pelican Harbor, Alabama, Jane Hardy is promoted to the position of Chief of Police. A seat formerly held by his recently retired dad. At that point, her only worries are a vigilante s
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It started with one little lie.

I liked the romance that blended into this suspenseful crime fiction novel. Expertly-plotted and well-paced!

Colleen Coble knows how to construct a fantastic plot and engaging characters! Jane Hardy promises to be a compelling lead for the series (this is listed as book 1, so I’d imagine more or to follow). She has quite a backstory which is explored in this book. One thing I liked about Jane was how hard she worked to follow in the path her father took as the Sher
Cara Putman
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

In One Little Lie the repercussions of one lie skids through the town of Pelican Harbor creating ripples of chaos and suspense. Who will survive the questions? One Little Lie is the latest page-turner from Colleen Coble. Set on the Gulf coast of Alabama, Jane Hardy is the new police chief who is fighting to clear her father. Reid Bechtol has secrets of his own as he follows Jane around town for a documentary. Together they must face their secrets and decide when a secret becomes a lie? And when
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa! What??? Wait....Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

That was me doing a double take at the end of One Little Lie because well...not everything ends. So, reader beware of the dreaded cliffhanger. I'm not usually a fan of lots of loose story threads BUT I did feel there was enough closure in this one to keep me satisfied until September when Two Reasons to Run releases. Sort of. At least some of my burning questions were answered and the suspense aspect is mostly wrapped up. (I may be a tad paranoid
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I was hoping for a romantic suspense book and instead got a book heavy on suspense and very light on romance. The story took place in a small town and there were too many murders and illegal activities going on, it was hard to keep it all straight. And it just didn't seem believable to me that an idyllic town by the sea would have so many shady personalities in one place. The cult background of the main character was interesting, but I wish it was delved into more. The romance aspect was pretty ...more
One Little Lie by Colleen Coble is an incredibly quick read filled with suspenseful moments, and it is completely clean for those of you who like that kind of thing. I didn't realize going into it that this is Christian Fiction, which isn't usually a genre I read. However, I loved the fact that Coble was able to infuse God into the book without making it overwhelming or preachy, and even if you aren't Christian I think you could still easily enjoy it. The mystery was a good one and even though s ...more
Christine Indorf
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I write this I'm at 95% but I thought I would write the final read. I love Colleen Coble. Her writing is amazing and I never can figure out who done it. I think that why I love her books so much. I love her clean writing and the stories are always Christ based. Honestly there is never a dual moment. She is such a joy to read. I have never read her romances but I will one day give it a try. If you are looking a clean and fun read I suggest One Little Lie. Now the worst I have to wait until t ...more
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Jane Hardy hardly has time to get her feet wet in her new job as interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor as her father has been arrested for theft. What is more is that it seems like he is connected to a recent murder. It doesn't take Jane very long to see that someone is trying to set her father up. While Jane begins her investigation thoughts of her past are never far from her mind. Fifteen years previously she escaped a cult with her father, never seeing her mother again - as well as someone incred ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Colleen Coble has always been one of my favorite Christian fiction authors so I was very eager to pick this one up, especially after reading that it involves cults. The story started out with a bang and I was hooked. 

The main character Jane was a petite but fierce woman who held her own in the law enforcement world. Reid was mysterious at first but as more was revealed about him, I was intrigued to find out more. 

The story had a lot of facets and a lot of characters. I had some trouble keeping t
4.5 stars

Wow! One Little Lie was such a good mystery! It kept me guessing and I loved that! The opening pages had me hooked and I couldn't wait to continue reading.

I found the characters to be interesting. I thought it was intriguing that Reid's secret was discovered sooner, but I guess it could be believable...

The way One Little Lie ended has me needing the next book NOW. I wasn't ready for such a cliffhanger... and yet, it was an amazing ending. I definitely recommend this book.

*Disclosure of
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Faith wasn't something Jane could wrap her head around. How did you trust something you couldn't see?'

Jane Hardy fled a cult 15 years ago with her father. Now, living in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, her father has retired as police chief and she has been appointed as his replacement when she is called on to solve a series of vicious murders. But more is going on than these murders.

Reid Dixon films documentaries and is good at what he does. He has come to Pelican Harbor to film the chief of police f
Jaime Jo Wright
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
As always I’m not disappointed. I really enjoyed Colleens latest and am looking forward to book 2. A bit of cliffhanger ending but I was cool with that cause it makes me anxious for book 2!
"The truth is easier to handle than most people think. A lies is a betrayal that hits you where you really live."

Colleen Coble knows how to write romantic suspense. I've read many of her books and can confidently say that she knows how to reel her readers in from the prologue and keep us hooked until the very last page. In her latest offering, One Little Lie, the author weaves the lives of a father-daughter duo who escape a cult compound into a small town in Alabama that suddenly sees a multitud
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic book! It is probably my favorite Colleen Coble book yet and I have read many of this author’s works.

The story started off with a glimpse of the main character’s past and I was simply fascinated from that point on. The murders and trouble that Jane had to deal with as Chief of Police kept the book moving swiftly, while the feelings that began to slowly develop between Jane and Reid kept things very interesting.

This was a multi-layered, very intriguing story. Be prepared
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Good mystery! Good back story between the 2 MCs! Fast read!
Dawn Stahl
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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Chautona Havig
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the Best Things Is Introducing Mom to Favorite Authors
Seriously, aside from the fun of sharing things I enjoy, knowing that if my mom liked it I will, too is pretty awesome. Then again, when have I ever not loved a Colleen Coble book? It may happen someday, but so far, it hasn’t happened yet. I mean, when I requested and received the review copy of this book, I didn’t wonder if I’d like it. It was more of a why would I like it.

Of course, the moment I thought of that, I knew I was tempting
Colleen Coble again confirmed her position as one of my favourite Christian suspense authors with first book in a new promising series. While the main female character, Jane, with her K-9 partner, Parker, reminder me a lot about Bree and her rescue dog, Samson from the Rock Harbor series, Jane still had her own voice, own baggage and struggles to work through and her own strengths and weaknesses.

At the end of the book, the author's note was that Jane was a character with too much to deal with th
Maureen Timerman
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
The title of this book is appropriate, but one little lie morphed into many more, and then they were no longer little.
As the story begins, Officer Jane Hardy has just made Chief of Police, succeeding her father in the job. We soon see not all are happy about her appointment, and when bodies begin to appear, some think she is not up to the task.
Now the City has given the go ahead for a noted journalist to follow here to make a new documentary, but there sure seems to be something else going on?
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"She wasn't ready . . . . . Too many people could be hurt by the truth."

Jane Hardy's career in law enforcement took a giant leap forward following her appointment as Pelican Harbor's acting Chief of Police. Unfortunately, the crime rate in her normally docile shorefront town escalated in tandem with her new title. Curious, too. One . . . a very brutal murder; the other not particularly brutal but reminiscent of a so-called "vigilante". And what about the new journalist in town, the one who manag
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One Little Lie by Colleen Coble is a gripping suspense with a sprinkling of romance. The characterization and their relationships pulled me immediately into the story.

The story opens with Jane a teenager in the cult with her parents. It gave you a new perspective of what the kids go through. And later as an adult how people would judge her because she had been in cult as a child. She had only shared with one friend her true history.

Jane is now sheriff after her dad retires. But not all is easy
Dana Michael
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE of Colleen Coble's!! Wow!! Lies, secrets, murders, cults, and betrayals oh my!! Not to mention there is a romance brewing. This is so amazing. I have to warn readers though, there is a bit of a cliff hanger at the end. However, it didn't bother me one bit. Yay! The adventure continues!! ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a 3.5 book for me. It moved along quickly. I had it figured out early on but it was still an enjoyable read. The ending was open-ended so you have to read the next one to find out what happened. This was the first book I had read by this author.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This story & its characters (and their unique dynamics) were absolutely captivating. I finished it and immediately picked up book two! Longer review to come...
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great paced, exciting, with a little romance!
Donna Hines
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
At what point does a secret become a full blown lie?
This is the dilemma facing our main character who is on the hunt for her father's innocence but a journalist may stand in her way.
Reid is documenting her new sheriff position after her father retired but he's now facing criminal charges for a theft he may not have committed. In the process of charging him with one crime he's charged with a far more serious crime of MURDER?!
Is he being framed? Is someone out to destroy him?
Is vendetta th
One Little Lie is a rich story with so many issues going on and in a lovely setting that adds to the local flavor. As the story begins, Detective Jane Hardy has been offered the job of police chief of small town, Pelican Harbor, on the lovely coast of Alabama near Mobile. Her dad was the former chief and has recently retired. Not everyone is happy about Jane getting the job, including another detective and a councilman. The small town has been thrown into a tailspin with a vigilante attacking pe ...more
The first book in Colleen Coble's new suspense series, The Pelican Harbor, begins with riveting suspense and continues till the very end which left me hanging with some threads and screaming in my head "don't stop now!" One Little Lie is only the beginning with many more lies adding to the danger, confusion and hurt. With lost souls and complicated relationships, the two main characters, Jane and Reid, both were struggling with a childhood spent in a cult; yet only Reid knew that there was more ...more
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USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

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