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#Big Lies In A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain–Review–4.5 Stars

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Big Lies In A Small Town is a captivating and thought-provoking novel. I’ve read several books by Diane Chamberlain and have never been disappointed.

This story is told from two points of view and timelines; Anna Dale, an artist during the 1940s and Morgan Christopher, an artist in 2018. Both women lived through trying times and hardships, and both received assistance from a generous artist, my favorite character, Jessie Williams.

Morgan Christopher was surprised and relieved to discover that she was being released from prison early. Her only requirements were to check in with her parole officer regularly, attend AA, and restore a mural originally painted in 1940 by a woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Morgan didn’t know the first thing about restoring a painting. There was no way, however, that she wanted to go back to prison, so Morgan was determined to learn the art of restoration, quickly.  But the more Morgan cleaned Anna’s bizarre painting, the more confused and intrigued she became. What started as a project to stay out of prison became an obsessive passion for Morgan. She never expected to discover layers of secrets hidden in the painting, but that’s exactly, what she found. 

Big Lies in a Small Town is an emotionally charged, well-written novel with realistic characters, authentic dialogue, and intrigue. It also touches upon some serious subjects, such as depression, alcoholism, rape, and racism. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and (London) Sunday Times best-selling author of 27 novels. The daughter of a school principal who supplied her with a new book almost daily, Diane quickly learned the emotional power of story. Although she wrote many small “books” as a child, she didn’t seriously turn to writing fiction until her early thirties when she was waiting for a delayed doctor’s appointment with nothing more than a pad, a pen, and an idea. She was instantly hooked. 

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker in both San Diego and Washington, D.C, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia, working primarily with adolescents. 

More than two decades ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: She wrote two novels using voice recognition software before new medication allowed her to get back to typing. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she’s able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane lives in North Carolina with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and their odd but lovable Shetland Sheepdog, Cole. 

Please visit Diane’s website at http://www.dianechamberlain.com for her event schedule and for more information on her newest novel, Big Lies in a Small Town, as well as a complete list of her books.