Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Release Date - January 14, 2020



Big Lies in a Small Town takes place in two eras. You have the 1940s. Anna Dale wins a contest and is commissioned to paint a large mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. For some mysterious reason, Anna leaves before the mural is completed and is never seen again.

Morgan Christopher went to prison for her boyfriend's crime. She's offered an amazing deal. She can get out of prison now if she agrees to go to Edenton and restore the mural that Anna Dale started. Art was her life before her prison sentence. This gives her the chance to get back to her true passion, but restoration is not in her expertise. The artist who made the arrangements has made it clear. She is the only artist allowed to restore the mural, and she must have it completed by August 5th.

Knowing it's her only chance to start over, Morgan agrees. She idolized the artist who set this up. She has no idea why he chose her, and he's no longer alive to answer that question. She will do the best she can and maybe uncover the truth of Anna Dale's disappearance at the same time.

The chapters switch back and forth between Anna and Morgan. I don't always enjoy that approach but here it worked well. The changes were seamless and kept the plot moving. I won't say the outcome shocked me. I kind of had that suspicion, but it was very emotional as the truth started to be revealed. I couldn't stop reading until I knew. I was engrossed.

There are touches of romance, though it's not the main point of this story. There's a stronger look at the attitudes towards women and people of minority back then vs. now. I loved it.

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