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Title: Big Lies in a Small Town
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published On: January 14, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Synopsis: 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 leave prison, 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 desperate for 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?
I was invited to read the latest novel by Diane Chamberlain from St. Martin’s Press through Netgalley. This will be my second novel from her, and I’m very excited to get to this one early next year. My favorite historical fiction books to read are the ones that shine a light on real events from history–that maybe aren’t so well-known. I’m not sure if this applies to Big Lies in a Small Town yet, but I have a feeling it will. This one already has an almost 4.5 star rating with over 500 reviews on Goodreads. I’m sure I’ll love it!
Let me know if you’ve read this one and what you thought about it, or if it’s on your tbr!