REVIEW – Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

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Expected publication: January 14, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press


Another terrific read from Diane Chamberlain!!!

2018 – Morgan Christopher is starting her second summer in the North Carolina Correctional Facility. Morgan is surprised when she is told that two women are there to see her. She normally doesn’t receive visitors. Lisa Williams and Andrea Fuller introduce themselves and get right to the point.

“Andrea and I are here to offer you a way out of this place”.

Lisa and Andrea ask Morgan if she’s heard of Jesse Jameson Williams. Jesse Jameson was a famous artist who recently passed away. He’s also one of Morgan’s favorite artists. His work stole her breath the first time she saw it. Jesse had dedicated himself to helping young artists. He helped people that he thought had promise but were headed down the wrong path. MORGAN was to be his next project. Morgan is shocked. She never met Jesse Jameson Williams, so how did he know her?

Jesse was building an art gallery in Edenton when he passed away. Jesse wanted Morgan to restore a mural that was originally created by an artist named Anna Dale. During the depression, the government had hired artists to paint murals for public buildings. For some reason, this mural was never installed. It is meant to hang in the foyer of the new gallery. It MUST be completed by the day of the gallery opening which is just two months away.

Morgan knows she can’t refuse this offer. She will be paid to complete the project and she’ll be out of prison. She tells herself that completing the mural is nothing more than a means to an end.

Morgan has no idea just how important this mural is and what it will become to her.

What happened to the artist who originally painted the mural?

Will Morgan be able to complete it in time?


I REALLY enjoyed this novel!

The story is told from two different points of view. We learn about Morgan’s background and what led to her downfall. We also find out more about the artist, twenty-two-year-old, Anna Dale and what happened during her time in Edenton in 1939.

I found both story-lines extremely interesting. They flowed well and I liked how everything came together. I had no problem switching back and forth between the two time-frames. As usual, the author has created characters that were easy to root for. I was invested in both main characters stories and couldn’t wait to see how things worked out. The story was very emotional at times as it deals with many important issues like mental illness, racism, poverty, and more.

Diane Chamberlain never lets me down.  I loved this novel and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.


I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

13 thoughts on “REVIEW – Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

    • I just checked and I haven’t marked it as “read” on Goodreads. It sounds familiar and it could be that I read it before joining GR. I remember trying to get my hands on all of her books when I first “found” her. I’d love to find more I haven’t read though 😀
      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the recommendation ❤

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  1. Hi Dee, beautiful review. This is the first of Diane Chamberlain’s books for me and your review beautifully sparks the interest of your potential readers. I loved the way you spoke enough to entice anybody to buy the book and pulled off before letting too much out.
    Thank you for helping my choose my next book to read 🙂

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