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One Little Lie

(Pelican Harbor #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  243 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 Cobles 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 ...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 Buttons 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
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
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
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
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tours, read-2020
"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
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
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
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 ...more
Karen R
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An exciting start to a new series! Set on the Gulf Coast in Alabama, this tightly wound murder mystery had plenty of suspense, action and a plot twist or two to keep it interesting. The romance is understated and not the focus, with promise to develop more in the sequel. The main character is strong, going from a stressful childhood in a cult to become a small town police chief. Her struggles with relationships and faith were understandable given her past. Bonds of family, especially between ...more
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 hasnt happened yet. I mean, when I requested and received the review copy of this book, I didnt wonder if Id 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
Becky Lewis
A green police chief, vigilante justice, and a town full of secrets. Mixing these together with Colleen Cobles compelling suspense and a dollop of romance brings you One Little Lie, a most excellent police adventure.
I really loved the storyline and most of the characters. The jury is still out on a few of them, namely the mayor, whom Im trying to figure out. I did enjoy Jane Hardy and Reid and Will Dixon. Will sounds like one very neat teenager. Jane and Reid work together well. I have to wonder
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
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?
Donna (More Than a Review)
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
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
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
One Little Lie by Colleen Coble is the debut of The Pelican Harbor Series. Jane Hardy escaped a cult fifteen years ago with her father. They have been living in Pelican Harbor, Alabama where Jane was just appointed the chief of police following her fathers sudden retirement. Reid Dixon, a journalist who makes documentaries, is making a film on small town police departments and he will be following Jane around for the next two weeks. Jane is shocked when the FBI arrest her father for theft and ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
Something disturbing was going on in her town, and she wasnt sure how to solve the puzzle.

Always on the lookout for well-written Christian suspense books, I couldnt pass up the opportunity to read One Little Lie. This is the first book in the Pelican Harbor series, and I love it when Im able to hop aboard a new series as its releasing. I also realized that this seems to be the first Colleen Coble book that Ive read, and after this experience, it wont be the last.

What harm can there be in
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jane Hardy is appointed to be the interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor after her father's retirement, but her first day brings more than she bargained for with a well known journalist filming a documentary about her, and her father being framed in a horrible crime. But she wonders if any of this is connected to her family's past in a cult.

Reid is the journalist documenting Jane's life, he is a single dad with secrets of his own. He sees everything that she is going through while filming her life,
Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood
One Little Lie plops readers down into the middle of more than a decade old mystery. Jane Harper escapes from a cult with her father and manages to turn her life around and bury her past. She becomes police chief of Pelican Harbor, AL, but everything derails as several murders happen her first day on the job. To make matters worse, her father is the chief suspect, and shes stuck with reporter Reid Betchol shadowing her for a documentary.

Id classify this novel as a mystery. The plot is complex,
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The beginning of this story started out intense. It showed Jane's childhood in a cult. While it was a short moment, it did explain why Jane wanted to protect her father. Reid was introduced in the story maybe as a love interest? I say this as a question because the romance was minimal if lacking. Not that I am complaining as I don't feel like this book needed a romance.

Jane has big shoes to fill as a female sheriff. Not to point the obvious that she has a killer on her hands. The killings seem
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5, rounding up
Wow, there was a lot going on in this book! I loved the first chapter of the book which really set the stage for the rest of the story. It gave me an instant connection to emotion and really peaked my interest.

From the beginning there is a steady build of information and mystery. There are a LOT of characters in this book and because of that, this book is more plot driven than character driven. I liked the main characters but I didn't really connect with them emotionally aside
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
Sara Wise
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** The nightmares scared her too. With her badge attached to her shirt and her gun on her hip, she felt invincible and strong. In the stillness of the night, she faced demons that didnt flee when she aimed her sidearm. They didnt run when she read them their rights. They lurked at the edges of sleep and consciousness and made her doubt who she was and what she could do with her life. **

Colleen Coble delivers another incredible suspense thriller with One Little Lie.

The books prologue opens with
Dawn Stahl
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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Jessica Higgins
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far the best Colleen Coble book I have read yet! With engaging characters and a story line that will draw readers in from the very beginning, Pelican Harbor promises to be an amazing new series!

After her fathers sudden retirement as police chief of Pelican Harbor, Jane Hardy is appointed chief to follow in his footsteps. She has no time to adjust to the position before her father is arrested and accused of a recent murder. For the last fifteen years, it has just been Jane and her father after
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was initially drawn to One Little Lie because I love a good police procedural. This was my first foray into Cobles writing, and I can definitely say that it will not be my last.

Fifteen years prior, while living in a cult, a young teenage girl named Button gives birth to a baby boy. The night of the birth, the cult gets attacked. Buttons dad informs her that her baby boy has died and that they must leave at once.

In present day, Jane Hardy is appointed the Chief of Police in Pelican Harbor,
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Micah 6:8 says God wants us to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him. But, what happens when one lie turns into a web of deception

Oh, how I loved this book. Coble did an amazing job in creating a masterful web of deceit all started by one little lie. Then add in more than one persons lies and you have a mystery so riveting, you wont know what is a lie and what is reality! There is a very real feel of what it would be like for those coming out of a cult. The aftermath, the
Cathy Cermele
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the first book in her Pelican Harbor series, Ms. Coble tells the story of the effects of one little lie and how it impacts the lives of so many people. Jane Hardy will ultimately discover this not only in her personal life but her professional life, too.

I felt sorry for Jane, her earlier years were unimaginable to me and honestly I was happy that she was able to escape with her father, but I was saddened by her mother's refusal to leave. I could understand her devotion to her father and I
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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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