If you haven’t heard of Diane Chamberlain by now, you’re probably male. Just kidding, the prolific writer is at it again and has, in many people’s eyes, finally hit the jackpot.
BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN is about a woman’s life that was derailed. Her dreams of becoming an artist have to be put on hold when she is sent to a women’s prison. Then a stranger shows up and offers her a deal that will get her out. But at what cost?
She is tasked with restoring an old mural in a small southern town. She knows next-to-nothing about restoration, but she will do anything to get out of prison, so 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.
Close to eighty years separates the alternating narratives of the two women artists. I love mysteries, and weaving through the two (very well written) storylines, was page turning, for me. I was taken with wanting to know the secrets that the mural held and with the story of the two protagonists. And how would be connected in the end.
If you like a good clean story written by a professional writer, here’s your book. Solid and entertaining.
What the best reviewers on Goodreads are saying:
The Good: Thank you, Diane Chamberlain, for pulling me out of my two-month book slump. Big Lies in a Small Town is an intriguing read. . . I am one happy girl knowing there are many more left for me to dive into. Kudos to a wonderful storyteller!” ~Christine
The Bad: The first half of the book was slow going and a bit bogged down in the painting project details (in my opinion). There are plenty of clues that may lead you to solve the big reveal and predict the end as I did.” ~Holly B