Big Lies in a Small Town
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From New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes a novel of chilling intrigue, a decades-old disappearance, and one womans quest to find the truth
A novel about art and secrets...grippingly told...pulls readers toward a shocking conclusion.People magazine, Best New Books
North Carolina, 2018:
Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, her dream of a career in art is put on holduntil a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will get her released from prison immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to be free, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.
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. Alone in the world and in great need of work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.
What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?
Chamberlain, a master storyteller, keeps readers hooked, with a story line that leavens history and social commentary with romance and mystery.Lexington Dispatch
Praise For Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel…
A Palm Beach Post 2020 Recommendation
Compelling...[A] good, captivating and ultimately satisfying story.Greensboro News & Record
Chamberlain is more than a terrific writer. Shes incisive and understands people.The Star-Ledger
Chamberlains depictions of creative beauty and perseverance across time and in the face of inevitable obstacles will keep readers turning the pages.Publishers Weekly
Chamberlains writing is reminiscent of a quilt made up of pieces from different people, places, and times, stitched together into a single, emotional story.Booklist
An engaging, well-researched, and sometimes thought-provoking art mystery.Kirkus Reviews
[A] great escape.First for Women
[A] heart-pounding whodunit.Womens World
Praise for Diane Chamberlains The Dream Daughter
"With a little tension and a lot of heart, The Dream Daughter will delight Chamberlains fans and hook new readers. Booklist
Chamberlain writes with supernatural gifts...fate, destiny, chance and hope combine for a heady and breathless wonder of a read.Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphans Tale
Can a story be both mind-bending and heartfelt? In Diane Chamberlains hands, it can. The Dream Daughter will hold readers in anxious suspense until the last satisfying page." Therese Fowler, author of Z
St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250087348, 416pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2021